OUT IN THE FIELD: Nice rank, shame about the bollards

The taxi hub is all done ... but still no right turn out of it
The taxi hub is all done ... but still no right turn out of it

At last and just in time for Christmas, the transport hub for Hackney carriages at the railway station has been finished along with a lovely bright yellow bus stop. But there is still no sign of the temporary bollards – preventing drivers from turning right and cutting across to join the flow of traffic heading towards the library roundabout – being removed. Taxis are still having to drive all the way round the station and along Ashford Road to get to Old Town and other areas. And passengers are still having to pay on average an extra fiver for the privilege of it. I hope Santa’s little elves remove them sooner rather than later.

Thanks of the week go to the chaps at the Laptop Station in the Enterprise Centre who came to my aid when, not for the first time this year, my iPhone and I parted company (as did my glasses) and I was left incommunicado for what seemed like several days (and I am still as blind as a bat while I wait for replacement specs). Good service at reasonable prices is a rare find these days and they were great.

Once again the occupants of Chez Field will not be sending Christmas cards but instead donating cash to charity. This year it is going to Mind, the mental health charity, in memory of Nick Maynard, who died last month far too young and far too soon.

Well done to police officers and staff for the mammoth collection of chocs and socks collected at the Hammonds Drive police station in the run up to Christmas, which will be distributed to Eastbourne’s homeless.

It’s that time of year to be thankful for what we’ve got and as always I am indebted to my lovely family and friends for keeping me sane and my feet very firmly on the ground throughout 2015. It only leaves me to say Merry Christmas to you and yours and enjoy the festive break. I will be making the most of the school holidays and spending time with the Little Treasures until the New Year so see you in two weeks.

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