Out in the Field with Herald Chief Reporter Annemarie Field: What is the price of a child’s life?

THERE’S been lots of talk about the Big Society in recent months and how we should all be paddling our own canoe in life.

But the decision not to finance a lollipop man to see Little Treasures across the road to Roselands and Stafford schools is absolutely bonkers.

The powers-that-be at the county council have decided in their ultimate wisdom to scrap the school crossing patrol across one of the busiest rat-runs in the town in St Philip’s Avenue come September.

The school’s parents, teachers and children have been trying desperately to get a local business to come forward and sponsor the lollipop man and held various events to raise cash but so far with no joy.

It’s amazing that of all the cuts the council makes, a lollipop man who works a couple of hours a day for a few weeks a year seeing children across the road is one of them.

What is the price of a child’s life? And will it take a child to be run over or injured before the county council can see what an outrageous decision it is?

A HUGE, huge thank you goes out this week to all the plumbers who volunteered their time and labour to help the young mum with breast cancer who has no heating or hot water because her boiler packed up.

The response and kindness was amazing and a big thank you to Mark, at the Plumb Centre in Eastbourne, and manufacturers Sime who have come up with a replacement boiler which is on its way to her.

YOU WOULD think that seeing as I have written hundreds of stories about parking controls in Eastbourne, I for one would know where I could park without getting a ticket from one of the little blue monsters.

But no. I parked in a deserted loading bay on a quiet Sunday afternoon in an even quieter Carlisle Road and now have to pay £35 for the privilege.

The fact that nobody needs to deliver anything and stop in a loading bay on a Sunday afternoon will probably fall on deaf ears but let’s hope somebody at the council is listening and all these daft 24 hours a day, seven days a week loading bays will become Monday to Saturday 8am-6pm loading bays sooner rather than later.

THE last time I was anywhere near the Beachy Head Lighthouse, I was on a boat as sick as a small hospital with burly lifeboat men holding my hair out of my face and patting me on the back.

Since then my sea legs have remained on terra firma but I will be heading back to the lighthouse tomorrow afternoon for the Lighthouse Challenge, a charity walk along the Downs, onto the beach to the iconic landmark and back again, to raise money to get the tatty red and white stripes repainted and for the Chestnut Tree Children’s Hospice.

It looks like 100 of us hardy souls will be doing the trek during low tide and it’s not too late to enter for this somewhat unique experience.

Registration is at 3.30pm at the kiosk by St Bede’s School. See you there.