I imagine I won’t be the only Herald reader to take issue with last week’s published letter from Mrs Hoban.
She, quite wrongly, claims that ‘no-one is impressed’ by Abid Gulzar’s ‘obscene’ display of gold on the pier and goes on to complain about the closure of the Congress Theatre for renovation, the loss of the Wish Tower restaurant and the proposed re-siting of the Post Office to WH Smith.
She claims Eastbourne is ‘deteriorating fast’, crime is increasing, the police cannot cope and it will all end in ‘squalor and lack of revenue’.
She cites everything she feels is wrong with the town but fails to make a single positive suggestion except that ‘street markets and Airbourne are not the answer’.
What a shame that the beautiful town of Eastbourne should be so maligned.
In complete contrast, as a relative newcomer to Eastbourne, I have been really impressed by the ongoing developments and improvements around the town, including the extension to the Arndale Centre, Princes Park and the seafront east of the pier.
And, unlike Mrs Hoban, I love the gold on the pier and know many people who agree that it adds a touch of fun and glamour to a place which was originally built for that very reason.
It’s now starting to look fresh, clean and well maintained and I don’t object to Mr Gulzar’s ‘no food’ rule – we wouldn’t expect to take our own food into a restaurant – why should the pier, which has several food outlets, be any different?
So, all I can say is ‘thank you’ to Mr Gulzar and ‘thank you’ to Eastbourne councillors who are working hard to improve our town both for residents and visitors alike – and please, allow us just a little bit of bling!
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