Criticisms could apply elsewhere

I WISH Michael Sanderson well in his new adopted home district.

I fear, though, that disillusion might await him. Many of the criticisms made of Eastbourne could apply anywhere.

As a former chairman of the National Campaign for Courtesy, I am only too aware that incivility and litter are widespread.

We have the weekly example of Friday and Saturday nights in town centres up and down the land as evidence.

Many such places though do not have the compensation of a beautiful seafront, sweeping cliff landscapes and downland to enjoy.

Nor, despite Mr Sanderson’s curious swipe at the lack of culture, do many places of our size have three or four theatre venues, regular presentations of plays, musicals, ballet, opera, Russian Ice Stars, the London Philharmonic and one-night concerts from which to benefit.

He is also bound to find wherever he goes lifetime residents regretting the changes in their own home town, perhaps on account of determined expansion, ever-increasing housing supply, unsought cultural changes, overcrowding, coarser attitudes and so on.

Obviously our town is not perfect; what town is?

But I have been here for slightly longer than Mr Sanderson and after travel and working around various parts of this country and the world, I consider my decision to come and live in this lovely south coast town was one of the best I ever made.

Furthermore, it is always a bit risky declaring publicly that one has had enough of Eastbourne (or anywhere).

It is just possible that Eastbourne (or anywhere) has had enough of one.

Edward Thomas

Collington Close.