LETTER: Prime site is being wasted

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I am writing to say how utterly depressed I am to see what has become of the ground floor premises on the corner of Seaside and Terminus Road which was originally the Co-operative department store. This prime site is being used as a charity furniture shop. While I am a keen supporter of the British Heart Foundation and a regular visitor to its smaller shop in Terminus Road, I am truly saddened to see that this prime site, which is a perfect position to attract passing tourists, is being used for this purpose. I feel that it is indicative of the lack of pride shown by the people who have any influence in the town’s infrastructure and I cannot believe that the owners of the new Premier Inn Hotel are entirely happy with the image now facing its customers on their arrival.

Eastbourne is a lovely town in a beautiful setting and I think it has the most attractive seafront of all the towns along the East Sussex coast. Yet while Brighton has the courage and imagination to construct a spectacular viewing tower in addition to the Ferris wheel on its seafront as an innovative visitor attraction, I am incredulous that Eastbourne cannot make a more imaginative use of a large recently refurbished prime property on the main route from the shopping centre to the seafront.

J C Todd

Harrington Place

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