Out in the Field with chief reporter Annemarie Field: Seaside.. an accident waiting to happen

SEASIDE has been a serious accident waiting to happen for a long, long time now.

It’s a horrible stretch of road with far too much traffic on it and Seaside Rec down to the Tesco roundabout is a right pain, with cars bumper-to-bumper at most times of the day.

The road is always busy with children making their way to nearby schools, nurseries, the tennis courts and play park.

And this week a parent’s nightmare came true when a teenage was knocked down.

You would have thought the young girl would have been safe enough as she used the zebra crossing outside St Andrew’s Church.

Thankfully, the 14-year-old, who was rushed to hospital with severe head injuries, is making a good recovery.

But it does highlight the fact that something needs to be done about Seaside.

It’s not helped by the fact there are cars parked on both sides of the road and then, a couple of years ago, someone decided to move all the bus stops a couple of metres into the road.

All that has managed to achieve is create long tailbacks as frustrated motorists wait impatiently while the bus takes up most of the road and nothing can get past them.

I don’t profess to know what the answer is, but somebody needs to take a good, long, hard look at Seaside and come up with a traffic management solution before a child is killed.

LAST weekend was the hottest Easter since the 1960s and thousands of people took to Eastbourne’s beaches for the day to bask in the sunshine.

And what better way to cool down than take a dip in the sea?

But there were no lifeguards and the borough council says it doesn’t have an obligation to provide them.

I disagree. It might have been a tad too cold for some people to dip their toe in but we’re a tourist town, for heaven’s sake.

And while we’re on the subject, why was the Tourist Information Centre closed on bank holiday Monday?

WELL, isn’t this the biggest case of sod’s law ever?

Three weeks of glorious sunshine and then the day of the Royal Wedding dawns and the skies cloud over, the temperature drops and we have to dig out our woolly jumpers.

I blame all those people who kept saying, “It’ll break soon, the gardens need the rain!”

I hope it’s not too chilly. I will be taking my picnic, coolbag and, just in case, my brolly down to Princes Park, where the council is laying on a giant screen, live music, games and children’s attractions, seeing as my invite to Kate and Wills’ big day must have been lost in the post...