OUT IN THE FIELD: Begging talk falling on deaf ears

Hooray for people power ... the bollards have been partly removed

Hooray for people power ... the bollards have been partly removed

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Fearing I may have to start the new year with a hearing aid, I was glad to later learn I wasn’t the only one who never once heard Prime Minister David Cameron say the £2 million pledged by the government after the pier fire was for its owners. Having met the PM on a handful of occasions, I never once recall him saying the dosh was for the pier, but I do remember him making it quite clear the cash was to boost the town’s tourist economy. It certainly wasn’t for, and is not likely to be given to, a private business, which was insured against fire. And indeed a business which was paid handsomely by an insurance company before selling the seafront structure to the highest bidder and disappearing off in to the sunset. Let’s draw a line under it now and enjoy the benefits the cash will bring.

Hooray for people power as the county council this week listened to concerns and took down those ridiculous bollards stopping taxis turning right out of the new rank at the railway station. It had been causing consternation for some weeks to those of us trying to get a cab to favourite Old Town hostelries over Christmas only to be faced with a journey all around the houses along Ashford Road adding money to the meter.

And talking of Ashford Road, I see the stretch between Susans Road and Cavendish Place is closed AGAIN and is likely to be for the next two months for ongoing work to the long awaited cycle lane. And to make the journey to work even more joyful for those coming in to town on the busy main Eastbourne Road, there are traffic lights just by the speed camera while SGN works on two major gas mains. Expect delays until the end of the month.

Death is terribly sad any time of the year, but how awful it was to hear of two fatalities on the town’s roads between Christmas and New Year. RIP Alex Inglis and Nigel Flux. And condolences to your grieving families.

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