I fear that the department of the council, which is labelled Tourism and Enterprise, should go back to the drawing board before any more acts of vandalism are carried out. I was recently astonished to see all of the timber sheds which have been placed around the top tier of The Bandstand, the result of which means that one cannot see the sea. I had to rub my eyes – it is a total nightmare.
I wonder who paid what to have these sheds on display. The Bandstand is not a garden centre. The idea of a Christmas market within The Bandstand amounts to desecration of an outstanding feature on Eastbourne’s seafront.
I wonder what the tenants of the Enterprise Centre think about this competition. I wonder what the town’s retailers think of this.
Someone on the council is mad about markets. However they are not uplifting, they do nothing to enhance the town. We are a coastal resort, something which I fear the council has forgotten.
Birmingham holds the finest Christmas market in the country in its city centre. What is Eastbourne town to do? Incidentally, not all of us are in favour of the Arndale Centre’s transfiguration. The money being spent could have been put to much better use.
As to the pier being changed beyond recognition I have recently been on it and like it just as it is, clean and spacious with delightful views of the coastline far and wide. A few bad weather shelters would not go amiss on the pier and the seafront.
Mrs J.I. Hoban
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