LETTER: Holiday resort, not rest home

Sometimes we wonder if our councillors are living in the real world. Are they ever seen on the seafront dodging the speeding cyclists riding on the promenade even though there are clear signs forbidding cycling?

Do they notice the derelict café which is such an eyesore opposite the Redoubt bowling greens? Have they seen the weed-ridden forecourt of the health centre close to the Redoubt?

Now Eastbourne Borough Council’s planning committee has taken the stupid decision to stop the pier owners from placing some modest amusements on the reconstructed front of the pier (this was, after all, an amusement arcade for years).

To make a living out of running a Victorian pier is extremely hard and it is perfectly reasonable for the owners to maximise their income in the way suggested. After all it is only for 18 months and it should be perfectly possible, as your editor suggests [Herald Comment, June 12], to minimise disturbance. After all, Eastbourne is a holiday resort, not a rest home for old people!

Let us hope that the full council comes to its senses and reverses the Planning Committee’s decision. What does our new MP Caroline Ansell think about this?

Philip and Sylvia Hague

St Annes Road

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