We are now at a time when we can develop a vision for the forthcoming generation as well – and I would like as many people as possible to be part of this discussion. But you have to act quickly. This consultation has been going on a few weeks, and it ends next Friday. So please write over the next few days with all that you would like to see on our seafront in the coming years. I am happy to forward these responses to the council on your behalf (you can of course go direct if you prefer via the council website.)
Tourism is in many ways the lifeblood of our economy. It’s worth over £350million to us, and we see nearly five million visitors each year. We have a seafront to be proud of – and we are. We have the traditional beauty of the main prom between the pier and the Wish Tower, the rugged glory of Holywell and onto Beachy Head, and of course the stunning contemporary feel of Sovereign Harbour.
But there are certainly areas where improvements could be made. I speak with many people all the time about what they would like to see along the full length of the front.
How would you like to see Fisherman’s Green develop, or the stretch just to the east of the pier – and also further down towards the harbour – what more could be done? I often hear requests for more food and drink facilities, and also (despite being the sunniest town in the UK), what about when it rains! Better wet weather facilities would be great too. So please join in and be part of the conversation. What do you think accessibility is like? What sites are over used and which are under used? Do you see the seafront as our main attraction – and if not, why not? Is the balance between the natural environment and the tourist areas appropriate? My focus, as in all things is the family. I would like to see more facilities available that families can enjoy together. Please let me know what you think. You can complete the full consultation at www.eastbourne.gov.uk/seafront or simply write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will forward your comments on.