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LETTER: I took the picture of joke award at Eastbourne Post Office

Regarding your article about the closure of Eastbourne Post Office in Terminus Road [Nostalgia, February 17], I was interested to see the picture of staff members printed in your paper.

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LETTER: I’m not fooled by this ploy

So Cllr Tutt is going to waste taxpayers’ money to send every household in Eastbourne a poll to ask whether the downland farms should be sold or not.

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LETTER: Cheap, cynical political trick

Your headline in the Herald [February 10] informing ratepayers that we face a ‘tough choice’ in either selling off our downland heritage or to suggest that we would lose some of our front line services without the proceeds of that sale, is nothing short of a cheap and cynical political trick by Eastbourne Borough Council. The retention of our downland farms at present supplies EBC with an annual ongoing income which has a long-term financial and environmental benefit far greater than a short-term financial windfall, which would, no doubt, be swallowed up in some new fanciful scheme such as the proposed new leisure complex or a celebrity restaurant on the Wish Tower site.

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LETTER: Impact on the environment

The scant and misleading ‘information’ which accompanies the poll regarding the sell-off of Eastbourne downland betrays the narrow and out-dated attitude that the borough council has adopted to this sale. These farms are worth far more than their bare rental value.

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LETTER: It doesn’t make economic sense

I was dismayed to see such a huge amount of misleading content in ‘The big questions answered about Eastbourne’s downland farms’ in a recent issue of the Herald.

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LETTER: Taking a risk on sale prices

I wonder if the council has thought about the longer-term results of selling the downland farms. There has been controversy at East Dean where the parish council and many local people have objected to the granting of planning permission for the Gilbert Estate to erect 11 residential units on agricultural land within the National Park.

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LETTER: Incompetence and arrogance of council planners

The local council planners have really hit rock bottom. Quite recently the Leader told us that Eastbourne Borough Council had enough ‘in reserves’ to pay for the £44m refurbishment of Devonshire Park, since when they have announced a new £33m scheme to replace the Sovereign Centre.

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LETTER: Resist sale of our heritage

The proposed sale of the downland farms is ill thought out, with short-term gain seemingly the only benefit to selling our heritage.

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LETTER: Don’t be blind to unique past

I have just received the council’s Eastbourne Review giving a clear outline of the reasons for wanting to sell the downland farms under its protectorate.

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LETTER: How long will the money last?

When the proposal to sell the downland farms was first made public the council said the money raised would go to projects such as the revamp of Devonshire Park.

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LETTER: Pain for now – or pain forever

The option council Leader David Tutt is offering the people of Eastbourne, that of cutting public services or selling the downland farms, is the difference between a choice of pain for now, or pain forever.

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LETTER: Council resorts to blackmail

Many Eastbourne residents and visitors were horrified to learn that the borough council planned to sell the downland farms, despite the Act of Parliament which was passed when the purchase was made said ‘in perpetuity’ for the people of Eastbourne.

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LETTER: Farewell to the green fields

Here we go again – more houses for Polegate, with 108 planned for a site off Shepham Lane.

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LETTER: Meter scenario is outrageous

We have had letters from our energy suppliers extolling the virtues of electricity smart meters. However, there are a couple of things these people don’t tell us:

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LETTER: Raising some serious doubts

The Green Party stands for care for the environment before simple financial gain, and for open democracy, both of which seem to be threatened by the farmland sale proposals.

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LETTER: It’s a betrayal of my trust

The following letter has been sent to Cllr David Tutt, Leader of Eastbourne Borough Council.

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LETTER: I’d pay more to stop such fibs

I counted up to six people in shop doorways and church porches on Christmas Day evening . They certainly were not there for the money.

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LETTER: Assured of a warm welcome

I am very grateful to Annemarie Field for drawing attention [Herald, January 27] to the predicament of rough sleepers here in Eastbourne.

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LETTER: Trapped in a never ending spiral of hopelessness

The causes of homelessness are complex and varied, including lifestyle choices that can lead to temporary or long-term homelessness. But many of the people we encounter do not choose to be homeless. They find themselves on the streets through very different and harrowing circumstances.

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LETTER: Complexities of street life

I am deeply concerned with regard to the comments and conclusions drawn in Annemarie Field’s opinion piece ‘Think before you give money to beggars’ [Herald, January 27] resulting perhaps in a negative reaction towards people living on the streets of Eastbourne.

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