Dig in Motcombe SUS-190715-091512001 L-R Jo Seaman (Eastbourne Borough Council), Councillor Jonathan Dow and Chris Searle (Friends of Motcombe Gardens)

Dig starts in Eastbourne today

Another community archaeological excavation is taking place at the Dovecote in Motcombe Gardens, thanks to funding support from various sources, including local ward councillors, the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Council for British Archaeology South East.

Street Parking Meter South St Eastbourne SUS-141007-131036001

Parking charges hike must be halted

The list of things that rattle my cage – and, I would imagine the vast majority of Eastbourne folk – grows ever longer. Public toilets closing (I hope the pile of mess outside the locked doors of the Meads conveniences has gone now), wheelie bins overflowing with rubbish (so the seagulls throw it all over the street) or not being collected, the state of the Carpet Gardens (looking resplendent this year I have to say) and cycling on the seafront (we need a cycle path and soon). But the top of my list and guaranteed to get on my twig is parking. I do not have a problem with parking charges per se but I am apoplectic at East Sussex County Council’s current ‘consultation’ to increase charges across Eastbourne. I get the fact that county wants us in Eastbourne, Lewes and Hastings to all be paying the same. But doubling and in some cases tripling the fees to park on the streets of Eastbourne, will be the final nail in the coffin of the “High Street” not to mention areas like Little Chelsea, Meads Village and Hampden Park. It’s an absolute outrage and what is even worse is that County Hall is running the consultation in the summer months – from July 1 to August 11 – when, you’ve guessed it, most people are on their summer holidays. I know we need to cut down on traffic congestion, pollution and the like. But increasing the charges to park in Eastbourne is not the answer. Why not drop those higher charges in Lewes or Hastings? Or better still, take off their “Highway Man” tricorn hats and masks and look at a decent park and ride for the town. Please fill the consultation in online if you can this weekend and send a message to the Highway Men. People power might just work.

Loco crossing St Phillips  Avenue, Eastbourne SUS-190626-100546001

Hear about how life was 
in Eastbourne’s East End

The next meeting of Eastbourne Local History Society will take place on Tuesday July 2 at 7pm at St Andrews Church Hall Seaside, behind the Arlington Arms. Doors open at 6.45pm .The group welcomes back Alan Wenham who is known as an informative and entertaining speaker.

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