The ‘Seafront hotel windows saga’ [Herald, December 25] is indeed a saga, and one that seems to highlight a weird opinion as to what town planning is all about.
Whilst the unfortunate owner of the East Beach Hotel is expected to rip out perfectly good windows that do not in any way detract from the overall visual appearance of the hotel, and no doubt at considerable cost, town planners seem blind to things that really do spoil the general appearance of buildings.
Examples abound, from major construction sites such as the houses being built on Kings Drive which hardly blend in with the surrounding properties, the fact that there are no restrictions as to exactly where unsightly satellite dishes may be placed, and any house is permitted to literally cover the whole roof with solar panels, and finally, there is my personal bête noire – the sight of wheelie bins. There are many attractive terraced houses in the town that have had their external appearance completely ruined by what was once a small front garden, now given over to a three bin dumping ground, or where there is no front garden, such as the Little Chelsea area, are allowed to be parked outside on the pavement. In a nutshell, it seems that whilst the planning department is spending a lot of time in worrying about something that 99 per cent of the Eastbourne population wouldn’t even notice, let alone raise an issue over, the big eyesores such as the bins are completely ignored. Could this oversight possibly be because spoiling or destroying a property appearance is acceptable providing it is convenient to the council?
Haystoun Park, Willingdon
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