I write in response to Peter Parfitt-Kings letter published in the Gazette on Wednesday May 7. It is clear that he does not understand the purpose or function of the MP’s Commission. It was certainly not formed to get Stephen Lloyd MP elected as it wasn’t formed until after that had happened! Its function is to bring like-minded individuals in the town together to go that little bit extra and give the people of the town what they would like to see. Successes have been the Town Team led by Lucy Newport and the efforts they have gone to in improving the retail image of Eastbourne. The street market led by Tim Tradewell, which has provided us with a much-wanted boost to trade. The Carnival made a welcome return after 15 years of absence. On a more practical level the Transport Group managed to convince Southern Rail of the need for a weekly parking ticket at the railway station and they duly obliged. This is just a scratching of the surface of what the Eastbourne Commission has achieved. The members of the MPs’ Commission are all volunteers and some are known to be voters for candidates other than Stephen Lloyd when it comes to political persuasion! The town is keeping its head up despite the economic climate because members of the community engage in such voluntary activities - look at the work of not only the MPs’ Commission but voluntary groups such as Round Table, Rotary, Lions, various cause specific charities of which there are many and so on. Don’t moan about it mate - get up off your backside and be part of it because it’s what is keeping Eastbourne a great place to live.1 comment
I wished to write and congratulate Regia Anglorum and the Eastbourne Heritage Service for the excellent Saxon living history event held at Gildredge Park over the May Bank Holiday.
The Mid-Sussex and Eastbourne Branch of the RSPCA wish to thank all visitors to their information stall and fundraising tombola in the Arndale Centre on Saturday, May 4 for RSPCA Week. £307 was raised in total.
Members of the Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford Clinical Commissioning Group certainly aren’t anonymous’ (‘Who are the members?’ Gazette May 7).1 comment
I have been fortunate, through my work, to have visited both Tanzania and Kenya this year. Both are fascinating countries, with impressive economic growth alongside real poverty and decades of under-investment in the roads, schools and healthcare.
When are the local council going to provide good, clean, free, well-signposted toilets along the seafront promenade?1 comment
The majority of the disabled parking in Orchard Road have recently been removed – they were very well placed for visiting the library.2 comments
How many more times is the Herald going to waste space on the letters page to people who moan about the King Edwards Parade “cycle path” (last week - C Evans) but are on the face of it, are ignorant on what the County Council has constructed. Let’s say it for the last time, the pavement has been deemed “Shared Usage”, as denoted by the signs which C Evans obviously failed to see. Cyclists don’t cycle in the criss-cross marked area, this is to ensure cars park further into the road so if a car door is opened on the pavement side, the door would not hit the cyclist.
It may be old hat but cycling is once again making national headlines yet in Eastbourne we see little or no forward thinking actions being taken regarding cycling in as many places as possible without the noxious fumes and physical presence of the motor vehicle.
Will any company put on a direct bus service from Eastbourne to the Conquest Hospital for those of us who do not drive.2 comments
What a shame it is to see that our lovely town, has now degenerated into a third class town, a pale shadow of its former self, particularly at a time when our near neighbours – Hastings with their so positive and pro-active attitude are enjoying a revival of fortunes.4 comments
When a wealthy Eastbourne hotelier decided to open a children’s nursery on Royal Parade the county council had a bollard crossing built in the centre of the road within a matter of weeks.
If you did not get to Gildredge Park over the Bank Holiday weekend then you missed a treat. To promote Eastbourne Ancestors, the Museum Service, with the enactment group Regia Angolorum, created a tented Saxon village at the tennis court end of the park. The Saxons, all dressed authentically, showed various activities, including wood carving, net making, embroidery, weaving and cookery. There were also warriors practising their skills and a full armed battle to round things off.
George Farebrother (Gazette April 30) reminds us that all British prime ministers have reserved the options of using nuclear weapons.
Now the business of providing the NHS services is in the hands of Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), it perhaps would be appropriate for everyone to know who the members are.
Many readers can’t have failed to have seen the many glowing articles about the Facebook group Gone but not Forgotten – Eastbourne’s Vanished Shops.1 comment
Your readers have been very, very good with their responses, but can they go that extra mile and do something really... well, shall we say ‘special, memorable and sympathetic’?
Mr Lloyd was elected with a fanfare of opportunity, via his MP’s Commission.
I today witnessed the death of a dog that ran accidentally over the edge of a cliff on the Seven Sisters.1 comment
Please, theatres department, do not stage straight plays in the Congress Theatre .
First emergency and complex General Surgery and emergency and complex Orthopaedics, now Consultant led Maternity, emergency Gynaecology, Special Care Baby Unit and in-patient Paediatrics are to be single-sited at the Conquest Hospital – albeit these latter proposals are said to be of a temporary nature.
Last Sunday’s ceremony and fly past at the Bomber Command Memorial should help to draw visitors to Beachy Head now that something like spring has finally arrived.
A warning to the mindless idiot who thought it clever to jump out in front of my car and dance and pull faces as I was approaching the corner by the station: next time I will put my foot on the accelerator, not the brake.1 comment
I would like to comment on the so-called “cycle path” alongside King Edward’s Parade. There are no signs indicating it is a cycle lane. Because of this cars disregard it and park overlapping the kerb, leaving too little or no room for a cyclist to escape pot holes or drain covers, and if riding on the pavement, to avoid lamp posts and car wing mirrors. It is a complete failure and a total waste of money. On a positive side I would like to commend the gardening team on the excellent job they have done in tidying up the overhanging bushes. I had not been up that way for some time, and was very impressed.2 comments
I recently attended an inquest in Portsmouth granted by Jack Straw in 2009 into my mother’s death 15 years ago at the Gosport War Memorial Hospital.
All praise to the station staff. Last Thursday (April 18) entering Eastbourne station, I was suddenly overcome by a bout of violent sickness, not, I hasten to add, caused by access alcohol, but by one bad pint consumed 20 hours earlier in Hastings.1 comment
Having seen on the television that Hastings Borough Council has been ordered to pay compensation to traders after closing Hastings pier since the owners of the pier seem to have abrogated all responsibility (being conveniently tucked away in Panama), should not the owners of Langney Shopping Centre be made to pay compensation to their tenants rather making them pay rent?1 comment
I listened to Margaret Thatcher’s funeral rather vaguely.7 comments
I am currently working on family trees and trying to locate a second cousin to my wife Sandra Paine nee Murray.
My wife and I retired to Eastbourne last summer, both our sons and grandchildren live here. We enjoy living near the coast and the South Downs, our only regret is the cost of water rates in East Sussex.1 comment
Please may I say through your newspaper a big thank you to the honest and kind lady who was at the refreshment kiosk at Arlington Reservoir.1 comment
And so the DGH rollercoaster rumbles on, with the seemingly inevitable ‘temporary’ downgrading of Eastbourne’s maternity and paediatric services.
When the NHS Trust decides to continue with their maternity ‘temporary’ changes, are they being straight with everybody ?2 comments
In reply to the letter from Miss L West (Herald,April 12) ‘What is so special about the Conquest?’. I offer this truncated partial explanation.1 comment
About once a week I litter pick the Holywell beach by arrangement with Eastbourne Borough Council. Apart from the usual domestic waste which is either discarded by users of the beach or washed in with the tide, dogs’ mess is still prevalent. What bemuses me is some dog owners go to the trouble to clear up after their dogs but then attempt to conceal the bag in a crevice somewhere and cover it up with pebbles, just leave it on to the beach or hang it on a bush or tree. You know who you are! What mentality do these people have? Answers on a postcard!
The question posed in last week’s Vox Pop might have included the courtesy of ‘Lady Thatcher’s funeral’ rather than merely ‘Thatcher’s funeral’. The laying-to-rest had taken place only two days earlier.5 comments
The state of our roads is scandalous; potholes and deep ruts everywhere.
I have listened to and read with interest the debate on maternity services at the DGH.1 comment
My wife and I, as regular shoppers at the Langney Shopping Centre, fully agree with our MP, Stephen Lloyd, that it is outrageous that London & Associated Properties are charging the traders there, the rents during the period the shopping centre has been closed.1 comment
I have just spent two weeks in the Queen Alexandra Cottage Home (care section) and I can only say it has been the best two weeks of care that one can only imagine and hope for.
As a regular reader of the Seaford Gazette, I have always enjoyed Keith Newbery’s feature ‘opinion.’
Just after Easter I had reason to motor to Uckfield.
At last! I’ve visited Caffe Coro, the new addition to the shops in Albert Parade, and what a pleasure it was for me, my friend Joan, and her daughter Joanna, who was over from New York.
I live on an estate called Old Ben Homes. It’s an estate of 40 bungalows and we are very happy due to our wonderful scheme manager Debby Walch, also our estate manager Kevin Hemsley.1 comment
I’m not a great one for mass protests. They are more ambles than marches and end up with barely audible speeches and much hanging about. There’s always the chance of rain as well.
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