A the sun is splitting the rocks outside and the town is bustling with visitors – surely something can be done about the state of Eastbourne Pier? It looks absolutely rotten, not to mention filthy dirty on the entrance roof. I don’t see why the Pier’s owners can’t put a couple of people looking for work up there with a bucket of bleach and a mop. Failing that, it may be time for Eastbourne Borough Council to step in with an enforcement notice ordering them to tidy it up.

Rumours are rife in the town and among staff at the DGH that Day Surgery will be the next thing to disappear from the Kings Drive site. As journalists we are continually putting questions to the powers-that-be at the trust which runs the hospital and they keep saying the unit will not close and categorically deny the rumours. If anyone knows any different and has something in writing, please let us know.

It’s 999 Weekend tomorrow and Sunday when the emergency services take over the Western Lawns with displays and demonstrations. Yours Truly will yet again be another “casualty” being rescued by the Eastbourne coastguards during the weekend. Here’s hoping for some good weather.

I made a boo boo last week and must apologise for calling the former Territorial Army the 58th squadron when they were of course, the 56th squadron. My wrists are duly slapped.

I’m not a train spotter but I know how excited people get about them and with the news that the Orient Express is to visit Eastbourne soon to raise cash for St Wilfrid’s I will be going aboard the esteemed train next week to check it out.

Finally, it’s sad news that Bovis is going ahead with building homes on Kings Drive. There’s little that can be done now. Apart from voicing your displeasure to the man who sold the land to the builders – the Duke of Devonshire.