As if shifting the bulk of our hospital services up the A259 to the Conquest wasn’t bad enough, it would now appear the powers that be want to shut the town’s law courts and send all the business over to Hastings too. A public consultation is underway but we all know the most probable outcome is the Old Orchard Road building will close meaning there will be no criminal, civil or family courts left in the town. Criminals, witnesses, innocent parties, police, magistrates, court clerks, lawyers and in terms of family law cases, parents, families, the council and officials will all have to travel from Eastbourne to Hastings. Personally, I don’t give a tuppence if criminals have to find their own way over there. It’s the innocent people and families I feel for. I wonder when the Department of Daft Ideas at the Ministry of Justice considers its plans, it might look at the possibility of incorporating a court either at 1 Grove Road or the Town Hall, where the original court room still stands or even the council chamber. The police and council currently share office space at 1 Grove Road and it’s a fine example of co-hub working so perhaps there might be room for more.
The Little Treasures broke up for the long summer holidays this week and as my own Little Princess left St Thomas a Becket Junior School for secondary school, it’s timely for me to say a huge thank you to all who have looked after her and supported us as a family over the years. I also take my hat off to the school secretaries who work tirelessly – Martin Telford, Edwina Lucani and finally the very lovely Pauline Taylor, the biggest star ever. There’s only one Mrs Taylor and we love her dearly.
I was lucky enough on Saturday to go aboard the Belmond British Pullman carriages for the charity trip in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice. It was a wonderful experience that exceeded all expectations and well done to Martin Wellings from PST Travel for organising it all.
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