It would appear the powers that be at East Sussex County Council may have dropped a clanger in their recent round of cuts which has seen the parking shop in Eastbourne’s Gildredge Road close its doors and be relocated – behind the scenes and out of the public’s gaze – at the Central Library. It means you cannot apply for parking permits in person any more and have to go online instead. While most people have been able to register and apply for permits without any problems, a large section of the town’s elderly population are struggling because they either don’t have a computer or access to one. Those without internet access, the county council advises, can apply for their permit via the publicly available computers in libraries, and hard working library staff can provide help and support as can volunteers from the Computer Buddy Scheme, who will even help folk upload the various proof of residence required and get them an email address – if you can get an appointment. All sounds good so far despite the fact there are many elderly people who wouldn’t know one end of a computer from another and have never had an email address in their lives. And why should they? They have managed perfectly well over the years without going within spitting distance of a computer or sending an email to communicate. They are all old school and like conducting their business with a person face-to-face. And that is the point. Unless I am very much mistaken, when a consultation was launched to look at the possible closures of parking shops, there was diddly squat mentioned about people only being able to apply for permits online. I know it all comes down to money, the county council hasn’t got any of it and cuts need to be made, but it is also important that people have a choice. And this time there is none whatsoever.