New Year message: Strong community can meet challenges that lie ahead

Eastbourne Borough Council Leader David Tutt
Eastbourne Borough Council Leader David Tutt
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WITH 2011 having drawn to a close we reflect on what has been a difficult year, both at home and across the globe.

With most of the western world tightening their belts, trade is reducing, jobs are harder to find and it seems that there is always news of a new financial crises.

Despite these troubles close to home we must not forget those people who need our help as they are facing far harsher times as a result of drought, famine, war and living under oppressive regimes.

Here in Eastbourne we continue to buck the trend. I am delighted the council has already been able to announce that it will once again freeze Council Tax next year without cutting any front line services.

During the year we have had the good news that Legal and General will invest £65million into regenerating the town centre.

The old Towner building has been sold and the new owners have exciting plans for the future as has the council for Devonshire Park.

In addition there is the good news that Stephen Lloyd’s MP’s Commission plans to bring back the carnival in 2012.

There is so much to do at Christmas time: church services; shopping; cooking; a trip to Devonshire Park to see Robin Hood (starring “Nasty Nick Cotton” as the Sheriff of Nottingham). For those fortunate enough to have a break, the time soon evaporated.

Others will, of course, have continued working and they deserve our gratitude.

We think especially of hospital staff, firefighters, the police and our troops overseas. They sacrifice their Christmas to ensure that the rest of us are safe.

This year will have its challenges and these will include the need to ensure that changes planned at the DGH retain all core services locally, and the campaign, led by the Herald, to repaint the Beachy Head Lighthouse.

Eastbourne has a strong community and by working together we can meet these challenges and ensure that the town prospers.

David Tutt

Leader

Eastbourne Borough Council