OUT IN THE FIELD: It’s time to learn from a fine mess

That's another nice mess: The War Memorial roundabout
That's another nice mess: The War Memorial roundabout

As Oliver Hardy – from Laurel and Hardy fame – would say, that’s another nice mess. I am of course referring to the much talked about, heavily criticised white hatching which only four weeks after being painted at the War Memorial roundabout by the men with paint pots from the county council, is being removed after a flood of complaints from cyclists and motorists because it is dangerous and poorly thought out. In its defence the county council did consult the local council and campaign groups but that is perhaps where the problem began. County’s interpretation of consultation is different to what people want – the authority is designing schemes behind closed doors, showing them off later and expecting people to like them because something is better than nothing. What is needed is a round the table pow wow of groups working jointly and at the same time with County to come up with something everyone is happy with. I only hope County takes heed with the ring road review for the town centre and isn’t too hasty with the giant pot of white paint.

It’s St Patrick’s Day next week but more importantly Mother’s Day on Sunday and once again I need to say a big thank you to those who have stepped in – since my own mum shuffled off her perch 16 years ago – and kept my feet on the ground and looked after me: the wonderful Ann Little, Aunties Sylvia Viles and Brenda Tarrant, Christine Field and Mary Feeney. If you’re lucky enough to have still have your mum around, give her a big hug and remind her how much you love her.

Finally, an apology to friends on the Facebook groups Gone but not Forgotten – Eastbourne’s Vanished Shops, Hampden Park My Home Village and I Grew up in Eastbourne whose photos I use, with permission, within our Looking Back pages each week but sometimes forget to credit them. A huge thanks to all.