OUT IN THE FIELD: What good is a slap on the wrist?

New state-of-the-art bus signs are appearing in Eastbourne
New state-of-the-art bus signs are appearing in Eastbourne

As the crackdown on blue badge fraudsters continues, I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one disappointed at the nine month conditional discharge handed out to a woman who tampered with her mother’s badge. Authorities have been clamping down on people who use them fraudulently because as we all know people who misuse blue badges, issued for motorists who have severe mobility problems or are registered blind, are using up spaces required by people with a genuine need. If a conditional discharge is East Sussex County Council’s idea of punishing fraudsters, then heavens help is as it’s really no deterrent at all.

The untimely and tragic death of Beryl Healy in an accident outside her home last week is just so very sad. Beryl and her late husband John were two of the nicest people you could meet and passionate about Eastbourne and helping people. When John,a councillor at Eastbourne, died, Beryl immersed herself in the local political scene and was always helping others whether it be through her council work in Devonshire or as a volunteer at the Samaritans. She was a sprightly adventurous lady who was happiest when she was campaigning for the Liberal Democrats or planning her next adventure. She was looking forward to a trip to Ireland this month and Australia in October. She lived life to the full and loved life. RIP Beryl, you will be missed and forever in people’s hearts.

I wonder if my constant whinging and whining at the appalling state of the real time bus info signs around town has hit a nerve. There appears to be new signs dotted about but not yet working. Hopefully we can get an answer in time for next week.

Finally, a very happy birthday to two of my favourite landladies who are celebrating this weekend: Ann at The Prince Albert and Natalie at The Lamb.

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