Refreshed and recharged after a few days visiting the rellies in Ireland, it’s always lovely to get back to Eastbourne and particularly to see the cranes up and at ‘em removing the burnt out structure of the former Blue Room. Not so good, however, to see council planning officers are advising councillors to turn down ALDI’s plans to open a supermarket opposite Morrisons in Lottbridge Drove. But before anybody starts throwing rotten apples at said planning officers, they’re only toeing the party line laid down by councillors many moons ago that the area could only be used for light industrial use and not retail outlets. The advice given by council officers is just that, advice, and the councillors who make the final decision on Tuesday can either take it or leave it. The vast majority of the local shopping public have welcomed the ALDI plan for a building that has been empty for five years plus. So, if you want to see ALDI give the leading supermarkets a run for the money, get on to your local councillor pronto and make your feelings known.
A big thumbs up this week to the angels spray painting un-scooped up dog faeces bright colours around the Winkney Farm Estate so people, especially those with children or buggies, can avoid it before it is too late. And a big thumbs down to irresponsible dog owners too lazy to scoop it up.
It’s great to see the idea of a bus service between the DGH and Conquest – first suggested by Friends of the Eastbourne Hospital trustee Sandy Boyce-Sharpe months ago – may be gaining momentum. It’s a tedious 20 mile journey on public transport between the two hospitals with changes and a simple loop bus service could be the answer. Priority should be given to a service to link the two hospitals and make a hassle free journey to help staff, parents and children, visitors not to mention patients attending clinics. Stagecoach, the ball’s in your court.