Throughout the 20 years that I have been living in Eastbourne, the condition of Terminus Road has gone from bad to worse and back again. Recently it was suggested that the name be changed and various suggestions were made to make it sound more like the Riviera. What a joke!
On Saturday evening my wife and I took an initial stroll prior to dining at a restaurant in that area and could not believe how this main thoroughfare, leading from the town centre to the sea front, had deteriorated to an even greater extent.
Seven ‘To Let’ signs were visible against empty shops, a Chinese restaurant that has not operated for a considerable time remained in the most disgusting condition, many shops were in need of external repairs and decorations and a mobile beer vehicle was trading outside another restaurant. Sales from the latter resulted in individuals walking up and down Terminus Road carrying pint glasses of beer. Most residents and tourists were astonished that this could be happening. The fact that the Eastbourne Borough Council must have given its permission is unbelievable since all that has been achieved is that it has fallen further into disrepute.
To add insult to injury across the road by the pier was another mobile beer unit and when we walked along the pier we found that numerous picnic tables had been installed over a considerable area enabling many who had frequented Harry Ramsden’s fish restaurant and other take-aways to picnic on the pier out of boxes or paper wrappings of food – without a refuse bin being available in one part. Is this the best that Mr Gulzar can do to improve the pier? On leaving we also noticed that he has again put up his disgraceful sign indicating ‘Thank you for visiting Sheik’s Pier’. He has been reprimanded over this previously. Is there no end to his ego! When is the borough council going to wake up and do something positive in this entire area which thousands visit annually. Their double standards were evident when refusing a Chinese restaurant in the Meads. Terminus Road is not only a terrible mess but has lowered the overall standards of our lovely town beyond measure.
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