Herald Opinion: It is not enough for our wonderful seafront to appeal only to the elderly visitor...

Our page one revelation today about the closure of Treasure Island will cause surprise and sadness across the town.

There will hardly be a family that doesn’t have happy memories of summer days spent at an attraction which has been as much a part of the seafront as the bandstand or the amusements on the pier.

For more than a generation, Treasure Island has provided a safe and enclosed, fun-filled retreat for the youngters of Eastbourne.

But no more. Treasure Island has shut down this week amid a financial crisis that has - temporarily at least - robbed the seafront of one of its biggest attractions.

Questions will quite properly be asked about how its operating company was allegedly allowed to build up rent arrears to the council amounting to as much as £50,000.

Beyond that, the concern will be figuring out how to revive the attraction and to fill the void. It is not enough for our wonderful seafront to appeal to the elderly visitor. It needs to cater for children too - of local families as well as visitors.

This summer will seem a little dismal without the laughter and shrieks of delight from within those familiar fences.



Whatever excuses the DGH trots out, it can’t be healthy for patients to be discharged from hospital late at night or in the early hours.

Maybe in a handful of cases, people are so eager to get back home that they will pack their bags at any time of day or night.

But common sense tells us that most patients recovering from treatment or an operation would be best to go home in daylight. Hospital vehicles are not in use after 10pm, so if nothing else where does that leave families without transport?

With the cost of a taxi, which many can’t afford.

If, as we are told, “it’s not common practice”, we fail to see how 1,500 patients can have been discharged out of hours in the past year alone.

We don’t doubt that hospital staff want to see patients discharged with sensitivity and respect. What we doubt is that this strategy is driven by anything more than freeing up beds and meeting targets.