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OUT IN THE FIELD: Eastbourne garden waste collection is rubbish

If the last fortnight is anything to go by, what a load of rubbish the new garden waste scheme in Eastbourne is turning out to be. Across the town, council tax payers duly paid the £52 annual charge, put stickers on their brown bins and left them out to be collected. Their collection days came and went and the bins remained empty leading to a massive backlog, we are told, due to the powers that be at council contractors Kier not putting out enough vehicles on the rounds. Apparently Kier reduced the number of collection trucks to just one and quite understandably the vehicle and its crew members, who are not to blame for this shambles, couldn’t cope. Important looking men in nice shiny Eastbourne and Lewes councils van visited various streets checking who had stickers on their bins. I gather in one road they looked at bins to inspect aforementioned stickers and peered inside, presumably to make sure people weren’t trying to sneak in a dead body or two. The council says the take up of the garden waste collection scheme has been phenomenal. In that case would it not perhaps have been better if Kier had waited to measure uptake before getting rid?

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OUT IN THE FIELD: What can one do in a telephone box?

Call me a sentimental old fool but I love a red telephone box. It brings back memories of happy days – way before mobile phones were invented and not everyone had a landline – and therefore always having to have a two pence piece in my pocket to make a call. Then as teenagers we would have a crafty drink in there away from prying eyes. Nowadays my love of the iconic boxes is more to do with preserving our heritage and loving nostalgia. That’s why it’s good to see the residents of Stone Cross fighting to keep the disused box on Lion Hill opposite the Red Lion pub at St Luke’s Church. The K6 box, I am reliably informed, was designed in 1935 to commemorate the silver jubilee of King George V and was consequently known as the Jubilee kiosk. It was the first red telephone kiosk to be extensively used outside London. But now it and many others are no longer wanted by BT and have been earmarked for removal. Sadly Westham Parish Council resolved not to adopt the box when it came up on the agenda in January but now maybe with almost 200 signatures from villagers, councillors might think again. Or perhaps a charity would come along and adopt it. As much as I particularly love the idea of turning it into a bar, albeit a very small one, or tea and coffee outlet, it would make a great home for a defibrillator. I hope somebody will step forward and save not only the day but this very iconic British landmark which is a part of the village landscape.

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OUT IN THE FIELD: Nicky from the Taurus and changes to town centre parking rules

Having spent the last week in the Mediterranean, it was sadly ironic that I found out about the death of popular restaurant owner Nicky Antonis – Nicky from the Taurus – as I was about to board a flight back to Blighty from his native Cyprus. Everyone knew Nicky when he was at the Taurus which was THE place to go during his 40 plus years front of house. He was a colourful character, always smiling and well known for his personal service to his customers who became his friends. He would remember minute details. As a youngster, the Taurus was a real treat for me and I marvelled at the famous sweet trolley groaning under the weight of fresh gateaux. Lots of people will recall that if their parents went there without their children, Nicky would send home a piece of gateau in a box for his customers’ offspring. I can still see him now: standing at the counter leading to the kitchen reeling off orders in his own charismatic style. “I want the best steak you have in the kitchen for my lovely friend,” he would say. I remember his old pal and former police officer Peter Hunt saying to me some years ago after Nicky had retired that if only we could find a 20 something with basic catering skills so a group of old Taurus customers could support and advise him or her in moulding him into another Nicky: such a person would have a wonderful career ahead.

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Eastbourne war memorial nearing completion

Eastbourne’s Civilian War Memorial and Peace Garden project took another major step towards completion this week when 50 tonnes of path gravel was delivered to the Wish Tower moat to create a stylish new walkway.

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Thousands sign up to garden waste collection charge

Thousands sign up to garden waste collection charge

Eastbourne residents have signed up for nearly 8,500 garden bins since the council introduced a garden waste collection charge this month.

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New drive-thru eatery planned for Eastbourne

A new drive-thru coffee shop is in the pipeline for Eastbourne as part of a multi million pound refurbishment of a retail park.

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Colourful diversity figures brighten up Old Town

Multi-coloured figures commissioned by the Corporation of London to represent diversity in the city for the Lord Mayor’s Show 2018 are the brainchild of Eastbourne cafe owner Jane Lyster.

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More stories behind Eastbourne’s World War Two dead

We continue our look this week at the stories behind civilians who lost their lives in Eastbourne during the Second World War.

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Ex-detective links Eastbourne disappearances to serial killer

Police chiefs have defended a decision not to search a house once occupied by serial killer Peter Tobin despite an ITV investigation linking him to the disappearance of Polegate teenager Louise Kay and murder of Eastbourne’s Jessie Earl.

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OUT IN THE FIELD: The thin blue line is getting thinner

Fair play to PC Dave Elliott, or Billy Elliott as he is known among his colleagues, for putting his head above the proverbial parapet last week to speak out about “dangerously low” levels of staffing which are “not safe or practical” for frontline police officers. He spoke the truth and said what a host of other officers are thinking – that they are being asked to do more and more with fewer and fewer resources as the thin blue line gets thinner by the day. PC Elliott saying it like it is has prompted a flood of support from not only his colleagues but retired police officers who are unhappy that the police service they joined as young men is being eroded away. Among them is Kevin Moore who, like his father before him, joined the job because he wanted to lock up bad people: a no-nonsense top detective who was once the boss of Eastbourne CID before he moved up the ranks. His petition calling for Sussex Police boss Katy Bourne to prioritise the recruitment of police officers over police community support officers is gaining momentum. That this whole issue is garnering support is not in doubt but what is unclear is the message coming from Sussex Police and Mrs Bourne’s office about what is being done to reassure the public – the public who have become increasingly concerned over the ability of the force to be able to respond with frontline police officers to incidents. Seeing as a portion of our council tax goes on policing, Mrs Bourne has secured a considerable increase in funding for the new financial year of 2018/2019 through a rise. The message is we will have more officers and staff. But what is not being said is that it appears there is no actual increase in the numbers of police officers. All that the money will be doing is keeping the officers who would have been lost through central government cuts. Plugging a gap then? Moving deckchairs around? Maintaining a status quo? Standing still even? What the force needs and what the public wants is more frontline police officers. I have the greatest respect for PCSOs but they have as much power as you or I when it comes to arresting some ne’er-do-well – none. We have tried to pin the PCC down on what exactly the council tax precept will be spent on – frontline police officers or PCSOs. The message back has been, “The precept investment will mean new officers and staff taking additional posts in local policing. We will be providing more details of our future plans next week.” They’re either completely out of touch about what plans are needed or thanks to the likes of PC Elliott and Kevin Moore, they’re changing said plans. Hopefully it’s the latter.

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The Fighting Spirit of Sussex Men in the Crimean War

A new book, which was 40 years in the making, entitled The Victoria Crosses of the Crimean War by historian James Bancroft, includes a detailed biographical tribute to an Eastbourne man.

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OUT IN THE FIELD: Litter strewn verges are an eyesore

Like many others, I marvelled at the Bolero ice dance routine by Olympic champions Torvill and Dean way back when and have always been a huge fan of ice skating. I recall one Christmas a makeshift rink was set up in the railway station car park and another time in Fort Fun. Since then anyone wanting to slip on their skates has had to go to London so it’s particularly pleasing to see that support for a rink in Eastbourne is growing rapidly. That is thanks in part to Engineering Eastbourne, a project launched recently to encourage young people to get into engineering. While some of the suggestions coming from the young people may be ambitious – although I quite like the idea of the railway lines from here to London being converted so we could jump aboard autonomous vehicles – the dedicated mountain bike track and ice rink have struck a chord with people that can actually make this kind of thing happen. The potential footfall of such attractions will run into hundreds of thousands and would be a huge boost to the town. Follow @EngineeringEastbourne to get involved and we just might be able to turn one of these ideas into reality.

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Former Eastbourne teacher looks back at 50 years in the classroom

It’s 1968 and as the Beatles animated film Yellow Submarine was playing in cinemas, Dad’s Army was being shown on the small screen and five and ten pence pieces were being introduced in the run-up to decimalisation.

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Flights for Airbourne revealed

The RAF Red Arrows will be wowing the crowds with a triple-bill of flying displays at Airbourne: Eastbourne International Airshow this August, in a year that also celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force.

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Timelapse video of new Arndale extension construction

Eastbourne Arndale Centre bosses have released a timelapse video showing the building of the multi-million pound extension.

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People’s choice charity for Airbourne revealed

The ‘People’s Charity’ at Airbourne 2018 has been revealed today.

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1960s film promotes tourism in Eastbourne

A film shot in the 1960s promoting Eastbourne as a tourist resort is now available to view.

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Police investigate cancelled Eastbourne boxing match

Police investigate cancelled Eastbourne boxing match

Eastbourne Police have launched an investigation into alleged financial irregularities relating to a cancelled boxing match in Eastbourne over the Easter weekend.

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Stories of those who died in Eastbourne during Second World War

Our look at the stories behind those who died in the Eastbourne in the Second World War continues this week.

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Refuse collection staff cuts at Eastbourne denied by bosses

Refuse collection staff cuts at Eastbourne denied by bosses

Claims that staffing numbers on refuse collection rounds in Eastbourne have been cut are being disputed.

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