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OUT IN THE FIELD: A look at life in Eastbourne over the last seven days

Our story last week about plans for a new Sovereign Centre being so delayed they had been relegated to the back burner certainly ruffled a few feathers at Eastbourne council. While we stand completely behind our story – no date has been forthcoming as to when it will be built, let alone open – the council has made it clear it remains totally committed to the project, which would see a new one built in the existing car park and the old and outdated – but very much still loved – centre demolished. With that in mind, and on a similar tack, a council committee is now considering options for the site when the old building is eventually demolished (see page 3). A hotel has been ruled out as hotels on the rest of the seafront would have kittens and not be happy at all; a supermarket is off the table as it is too close to Tesco, Morrisons et al; a theatre or arts facility is also a no go as the council has already spent an arm and a leg and more on refurbishing the Congress and Devonshire Quarter and offices are also out as the town centre is the main focus for economic growth. That leaves just residential, much needed flats and houses for the good folk of Eastbourne. It will certainly be an attractive prospect to those who like a sea view. I, no doubt along with some more ‘mature’ members of the council, remember the uproar 
when Monarch House was built on the seafront in the 1980s. But times have moved on and we need a good housing supply. Councils are under increasing pressure to allow developers to build houses to meet the growing need – especially in an expanding Eastbourne. Hopefully the new leisure centre will rise to the top of the political agenda and become a reality sooner rather than when those of us of a certain age will be pushing up the daisies.

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NOSTALGIA: More street scenes of Eastbourne

Here are some great pictures of Eastbourne in days gone by which have been submitted by Heritage Eastbourne, the council’s department of history. More can be seen at the brand new Story of Eastbourne exhibition in Terminus Road. From Neolithic to Napoleonic, Eastbourne’s story and that of its downland is retold through fascinating exhibitions, digs and research projects.

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Cineworld in The Beacon, Eastbourne (Photo by Jon Rigby) SUS-190715-114313008

IN THE FIELD: New Eastbourne Cineworld reminds me of the 1980s – and LSD

I am not the greatest cinema goer. I find myself drifting off for a much needed nanny nap or disco doze during most films. If something really whets my whistle, in the past I would have always gone to the Curzon in Eastbourne town centre – rarely venturing to the Cineworld at the Crumbles unless I was dragged there by the Little Treasures, who joke the reason I like the Langney Road cinema is that it’s as old as me. Almost. Now, Cineworld has moved into its spanking new home in The Beacon, I was called upon to investigate and was at the gala launch recently for a special showing of Blinded by the Light, a summer feel good movie about a British-Pakistani boy growing up in Luton in the 1980s inspired by Bruce Springsteen songs. The movie was a nostalgic trip down Memory Lane and for me, so was the cinema. The state of the art eight screen cinema is on the top floor of the new shopping centre extension and while it is as modern as they come, the interior of the foyer made me feel as though I was stuck in a high tech video game from yesteryear. And on LSD. Joking aside, the cinema is a real asset to the town centre. It probably doesn’t help people at the other end of the town who have had the Crumbles on their doorstep but this offering is far more accessible. The opening no doubt hasn’t helped the Curzon either as the ‘young uns’ will opt for the more trendy Cineworld. While there is absolutely no mention of doors closing, I personally think it would be a terrible shame for the Curzon to not stand the test of time. It has such great potential as an independent picture house, similar to the Towner’s 80 odd seater cinema or the Duke of York in Brighton where you can enjoy a glass of wine, a slice of cake or even a pizza. Please visit the Cineworld but also take time to go to the Curzon for a more traditional cinema experience. Use it or lose it as they say.

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