CHRIS Dowling, the chairman of East Sussex County Council, has issued this New Year message.
Councillor Dowling said, “I would like to wish all our residents a very happy, peaceful and a prosperous New Year.
“We all recognise that times are tough at present and that many people and businesses are suffering in the current economic climate.
“However, in these difficult times, a positive message and a positive attitude are needed and I am sure that we will all enter 2012 with that spirit.
“Looking ahead, next year will be very special not just for East Sussex but for the UK as a whole.
“We will be celebrating the Diamond Jubilee in June and then the London Olympics in July, with the Olympic Torch relay coming through our County on July 17 – a very special day for us all to look forward to.”