With summer nearly upon us, the sunshine has already been clearly in evidence in recent weeks, as is becoming of the sunniest place in the UK. This good weather, coupled with the Government announcements, which have started to ease the lockdown, means that we can once again enjoy the wonderful environment in and around Eastbourne. A walk in the park, a stroll over the downs or the chance to enjoy an ice cream along the seafront. We are fortunate in having so much open space to enjoy. As we do so however it is important to remember to maintain social distancing and by doing so help to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and save lives.
A number of towns are currently taking the opportunity provided by reduced traffic to experiment with temporary road closures which allow a greater amount of space for pedestrians and cyclists. This makes good sense, as those which work well might be retained, whilst it will be possible to do away with those which cause problems. The chance to do this will not be with us for long and I have asked East Sussex County Council to try this in Eastbourne, I hope that they will respond positively. Alongside the potential benefits for walkers and cyclists, such closure might enable an early opportunity for some restaurants to provide outdoor meals, if this complies with Government rules, during part of the summer and help to kickstart the revival of the hospitality side of our local economy.
Just before writing this column I heard that the Government are planning to open a Covid-19 test centre at College Road car park. I am currently trying to find out more details of how this will operate, whether it will be open to the public and if so, whether you will need to make an appointment or will just be able to turn up. It would obviously make sense to prioritise key workers who currently have to go to Gatwick, so this looks like being good news for Eastbourne in the fight against the virus.
Stay safe – keep well.