Out in the Field with Herald chief reporter Annemarie Field: Eastbourne has so much to look forward to in 2012

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I DON’T know about you but I am glad it’s all over. I am all partied out, can barely sniff a cork let alone look at another Quality Street.

The deccies are down and packed away and it was with tears of joy that I waved the children back to school this week after the long Christmas break.

And despite all the talk of it looking like being a difficult year we have a lot to look forward to in this lovely town of ours in 2012.

The finishing touches are being put to the town centre regeneration plan and the whole of the Devonshire Park and Congress Theatre areas are to get a massive facelift.

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SAD news though that a handful of town centre stores are to close because administrators have been called in on a national level after flagging sales.

La Senza, Hawkin’s Bazaar and Appy Feet are to close their doors within the Arndale Centre and if its window is to be believed Sports Direct is also shutting up shop.

But every cloud has a silver lining and if you’ve been in the centre lately you will have seen and heard work going on in what was Mothercare.

My spies tell me we could soon be seeing an H&M store, the Swedish retail-clothing company, known for its fast-fashion clothing offerings for women, men, teenagers, children and babies.

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TALKING of changes, word reaches me that Hampden Park Infant School, historically known as the Little School as opposed to the Big School which is now the Eastbourne Academy, is to be turned into a college for young people unable to attend mainstream education for one reason or another. I am sure the neighbours are delighted...

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THIS WEEK I had the joy of meeting former borough solicitor John Boyle and what he doesn’t know about Eastbourne’s history isn’t worth knowing.

I had always wondered how and why South Cliff Tower in Eastbourne was ever given planning permission but it would appear one of the council members, who owned the land, threatened to throw herself off the highest point of Beachy Head if planning permission for the monumental block of flats wasn’t given!