Is Eastbourne a clean town?

I am glad my letter on January 25 on litter in Eastbourne resonated with at least one reader.

However, I hope to encourage a wider discussion and improvement in the town’s cleanliness as it appears Eastbourne Borough Council operates a double standard.

The town centre and promenade are kept scrupulously clean, streets are swept daily whilst outlying roads and areas are hopelessly neglected.

No wonder they frequently look shabby. Residents deserve value for money and a decent service for the tax we pay not a fraction of the effort put into quieter town centre locations.

I appreciate money is tight and not all littered land is owned by EBC but they have powers under the Environmental Protection Act (1990) to force landowners to clear up eyesores.

They could do no worse than start with the owners of the industrial units between the Halfords and VW garages on Lottbridge Drove. Despite the visual mess here EBC seem strangely oblivious or relaxed about the problem.

I would also highlight a yellow dumped highways barrier on Pevensey Bay Road opposite Tandridge Drive. It has been there for more than three months despite the council’s contractor walking past it every two weeks.

Is it not obviously litter? In my view more work is needed before Eastbourne can claim to be a clean town.

MIKE GRANT, Caroline Way.