What a disappointment to hear the Sheng family of the much loved Eastern Wok in Crown Street has pulled out of plans to buy Ridgways in Meads and turn it in to a Chinese restaurant. Councillors this week turned down plans for a new ventilation duct and residents lobbied against a Chinese eatery. Why? I simply can’t understand this. Why can’t they support replacing one restaurant with another one? Although Ridgways is very much still open for business and serving a loyal following of customers royally, do the residents of Meads want another empty shop? Last time they objected to a high quality fish shop with a take away. And ended up with a charity shop. What is even more upsetting is the fact that some nasty anonymous people picked up their poisoned pens recently and wrote to the Shengs saying the village didn’t want a Chinese restaurant. Do they have a problem with Chinese food or the Chinese? The former is fair enough but not grounds for objecting to the opening of a new restaurant, the latter is exactly the sort of tired, lazy, one-eyed, middle class prejudice that could give a certain section of Meads a bad name. The silent majority need to be heard. Some people are sick and tired of listening to a noisy minority in the village who presume to think they speak for everyone else – they don’t. Luckily for us all, it’s not the People’s Republic of Meads. And some folks would do well to remember that.
Hats off to everyone who made the Meads Magic festive bash last Friday in aid of Eastbourne Mencap such a good one. Tonight it’s the turn of Little Chelsea with a street market, festive fizz, entertainment and a light show on the Town Hall that promises to be spectacular and will hopefully bring some welcome footfall to the lovely independent shops in the area in the run up to Christmas.
I shall be watching the proceedings from the warmth of The Dolphin.
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