OUT IN THE FIELD: Waving a stick at impatient drivers

The Western View is to close at the end of November
The Western View is to close at the end of November

Have you ever had one of those days when you feel like holding a stick and everyone is a pinata – especially motorists who think the rules don’t apply to them and take no heed whatsoever of the traffic light system, level crossing barriers, pelican crossings and even zebra crossings. The Treasure Island zebra crossing to be more precise – where I went to have a look after reading on Streetlife, a great social media page on all things Eastbourne, of one lady pedestrian’s near miss with an impatient motorist and found myself suffering a similar fate when a driver almost ran me over after overtaking the cars in front. Ellie R on Streetlife was waiting at the crossing early on a Saturday morning with her dog when a lorry stopped for her. The cars coming the other way slowed so she set off across the road but out of the other direction came a car which had overtaken a line of cars waiting behind the lorry and almost ploughed into her. There are similar stories at crossings at nearby Fort Fun and the one in Brassey Parade where the black and white stripes on the road have almost faded away. Lots of people have had several near misses where the vehicle coming from one direction stops and not the other. Aside from waving one’s fist at said drivers, there is little that can be done – until cameras are put up to catch the offending vehicles.

So, the Western View is to close at the end of November and be dismantled – ahead of a fancy new eatery being built – and three potential sites have been identified but where on earth in the borough can it go? And where can it be placed without having a knock on effect on other eateries. Pistachio in the Park in Princes Park is about to be refurbished as a training facility for hospitality students as is Spinnakers at the Redoubt (finally – it looks like something you would find in a bombed out Syrian street). Also down that part of the seafront is the Beach Deck Treasure Island Restaurant, the Outpost inside the Redoubt and the Pavilion tea rooms. Further along the seafront you have licensed cafes in seafront shelters, ice cream outlets. Perrywinkles and finally the Holywell Café. In Hampden Park there is the hugely successful cafe which only really leaves Shinewater Park, St Anne’s Park off The Avenue or even at the far end of the seafront down by Pooh Castle (the water treatment works). Place your bets now.

I am not the world’s greatest animal lover but even I have been watching with delight as the young cygnets at Hampden Park have been rescued, treated and then released all so they don’t pick up the horrible parasite that lurks in the depths of Decoy Pond, which has claimed the lives of some of their feathered friends in years gone by. A team of seven rescuers had an early morning start recently in order to catch the eight two week old cygnets after three previous broods fell victim to the parasite and the WRAS rescuers can be seen in action on the at www.wildlifeambulance.org/hampden-park-cygnet-capture-treat-and-release. It’s lovely to watch and kind of restores your faith in humans.

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