OUT IN THE FIELD: Roadworks are like Crystal Maze

The old seafront cafe is to be demolished sooner rather than later
The old seafront cafe is to be demolished sooner rather than later

While the Redoubt Fortress and Beach Deck are the jewels in the Royal Parade part of the seafront crown, the former Spinnakers Cafe, which has lain empty and derelict for some years now, will not be letting the side down for much longer. I have it on good authority that the ramshackle building, which resembles a structure more likely to be found on the streets of Beirut in years gone by, is to finally be demolished.

Is it me or are there roadworks just about everywhere in this town at the moment? Trying to get up and down Cavendish Place has been like trying to navigate the Crystal Maze for weeks now, parts of Pevensey Road are closed, traffic is still down to one lane outside the Town Hall, there’s traffic lights in East Dean Road, temporary lights in Carlisle Road and at the time of writing half of Grove Road has been dug up outside the library. And as for the roadworks going on by the taxi rank outside the station, some people need to learn to read: it’s for taxis only these days and all other traffic wanting to drop off at the station is being directed around the corner to under the canopy in Ashford Road.

While we’re on the subject of the centre and work going on to install a new entrance by McDonalds, astute Graham Appleby wrote to me to point out there is something amiss with the picture in the temporary entrance illustrating the completed project saying, “It would seem developers have set the centre against a background of Regency crescents, wooded hills and a park – none of which currently exist here. In fact it seems to have been taken from the second page of the Visit Bath brochure. Do they have more ambitions for Eastbourne than they are letting on?”. I wonder.

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