LETTER: Blank canvas for our artists

Every time I go past the large blue hoarding outside Eastbourne Railway Station, erected as part of the new town centre refurbishment, I can’t help but feel sorry that a great opportunity has been missed.

How much better it could have looked if only our local Art School students had been given this as a blank canvas on which to create bright and colourful works of art. It could have been an attractive feature for holidaymakers giving a cheerful entrance to the town.

Had it been in Brighton I don’t think it would have been left untouched for very long! In the meantime at least the seagulls are doing their very best in creating something not unlike a Jackson Pollock painting. My next observation concerns Cornfield Road. This seems to have become the new ‘Diesel Alley’. I can’t remember where the bus terminal will eventually be located once the new town centre is finished but hopefully this will be close to the railway station, surely the most logical solution. Finally, such a pity that the old Caffyns site has been purchased for the development of yet more retirement flats. If this project ever does get off the ground, do we really need more housing for the elderly in this town? How will Eastbourne ever be able to lose its reputation as a place for retired folk if more housing is not allocated for the younger people? There must be countless local young couples who are desperate for affordable housing. The Caffyns site would have been excellent for that purpose.

Jane Barlow

Upperton Road

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