Now that I have finished celebrating the fact that the Little Treasures are back at school after the oh so long summer holidays, it’s time to dispel a few myths about the pier and just what the £2 million that Cameron promised when he visited the town two days after the fire. There has been plenty of talk on Facebook and the like over what that cash boost will be used for and some people seem to think it will be used to rebuild the pier. Not so. The pier is privately owned. The pier was insured. The insurance money will pay for the pier to be rebuilt and not the dosh promised by the PM and sidekick George Osborne. The government cash will be spent on helping the traders who have lost everything in – and since – the fire, helping them set up new businesses as well as rebuilding the town’s tourist economy and NOT the pier itself. And while we are on the subject of those traders who lost their livelihoods, watched their businesses perish that day when the fire broke out and since then have wondered how they are going to pay their mortgages and put food on the table, perhaps people would think twice before moaning about the pop up shops that are helping the traders rebuild their lives and have been set up on the promenade in front of the Carpet Gardens. Okay, they may not be the prettiest but they are not going to be there forever and for the time being at least, it shows that Eastbourne is very much up and open for business.
Myself and the Little Treasures spent a lovely fortnight in Costa del Eastbourne during the aforementioned summer break eating out in lots of different places. But we came a cropper when, after a march along the prom, we stopped at the cafe at Holywell, ordered all day full English breakfasts all round along with drinks only to discover when we got to the till, they don’t take debit cards. I’m a little like HRH and rarely carry cash. But perhaps a sign somewhere would have saved a lot of queuing and disappointment.