OUT IN THE FIELD - Bus lane is top of Christmas wish list

Stagecoach bus
Stagecoach bus

I am well aware I should sometimes put my brain in gear before I open my mouth and put pen to paper, or in these modern days digits to keyboard, but as a fairly frequent bus user these days I can’t understand why there are no bus only lanes along Eastbourne’s busiest roads like Kings Drive or Seaside. Despite the price, I like the bus journey in and out of town to my temporary abode in Hampden Park but it would be a far more popular mode of transport for many if the bus didn’t have to sit bumper to bumper in long lines of traffic each and every day. Perhaps when Stagecoach has finished dithering around with a business plan for a shuttle bus between the DGH and the Conquest, some heads could be put together to sort better bus routes or even dare I say it, a park and ride scheme.

My heart goes out to the family of little Andrea Gada who died on Wednesday following the crash in Friday Street earlier in the week. It’s always tragic when a child dies and the fact it is just a week before Christmas even more so. Rest in peace little angel.

Once again this year, myself, Kai and Aine will not be sending Christmas cards and instead putting money I would normally spend on cards and stamps into the Salvation Army charity box. Last Sunday I was wrapping Christmas presents in Waterstones in Terminus Road in exchange for a donation to the Salvation Army, which does such fantastic work with homeless people and vulnerable members of the community. Volunteers will be at the book shop again this weekend wrapping so if you’re not keen on festive present wrapping, pop in and see them. All that remains is for me to say Merry Christmas one and all and have a safe and happy time. Here’s hoping there’s no repeat of last year’s Christmas Eve celebrations when I spent much of my time visiting the Lamb and Prince Albert on Christmas Day trying to recall exactly where I had left my sprouts the previous night.