OUT IN THE FIELD: Who put that railway line there?

Ongoing work in Ashford Road, Eastbourne
Ongoing work in Ashford Road, Eastbourne

What a complete dog’s dinner Ashford Road looks at the moment. Apart from the work on what must surely be the world’s largest cycle lane alongside the railway station stretch, half of the road behind the Arndale Centre is now dug up and cordoned off with pedestrians taking their lives in their hands trying to get from one side of the road to the other on where the crossing once was. There is only one lane going down Ashford Road towards the junction with Susans Road and now the stretch between Susans Road and Cavendish Place is shut too so all the traffic ends up in the giant queue of motorists looking to get in to the Arndale Centre car park. And it’s set to continue until December. It hasn’t been helped by the fact that work on the new cycle lane has been delayed and hampered after it was only realised during excavation work that much of Ashford Road was actually built on railway lines.

I didn’t make the Remembrance Service at the Angel of Victory War Memorial in Eastbourne on Sunday morning but I gather there was the usual shenanigans with the PA system not working once again. How about next year somebody actually sponsors the event and provides a working microphone and PA system so that the thousands who attend can actually hear what is going on?

So, the search is on to find a restaurateur to run the new eatery at the Wish Tower and the council wants to hear from local business men and women who might be interested in pitching for the opportunity. Although it would be lovely to see a local operator in there, I think what will really draw people to a destination restaurant in Eastbourne will be a big name like Jamie Oliver or Rick Stein. Roll on April when a decision will be made.

I am leaving Beckett Towers next week for five days of shopping and cocktails in NYC so am handing over the reigns to my colleagues. See you in a fortnight.

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