I was very pleased to hear the announcement that Eastbourne is going to get a new hospital. If this materialises and is indeed a new hospital and not just an add-on to the existing DGH, it will be great, not just for Eastbourne, but for the surrounding countryside that looks to the town for health care. I look forward to receiving details of the plans and sincerely trust that these will include the return of Consultant led Maternity services to the town. In a new hospital serving a community the size of Eastbourne, this must be seen as an essential service and failure to include this would be something for which the Government would not be forgiven.
Massive congratulations to local entrepreneur Josh Babarinde, who has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, for services to criminal justice, social enterprise and the economy. I have been fortunate to have known Josh for over 10 years and been extremely impressed by his work and his commitment to the community. This award is richly deserved.
‘Beat the Street’ continues in town until the 4 November and has already attracted over 8,000 players, who have covered over 63,000 miles. I went out to hit a few beat boxes with Stephen Lloyd last week. It was slow progress as he stopped to talk to so many people on the way, but really good exercise. I am certain that we had earned the ice cream we stopped for at Fusciardi’s as we walked along the seafront. They make great gelato and it was good to see them doing well.
At the time I wrote my Herald column last week I had just read the news that Cineworld might close and expressed the hope that this could be avoided. As we now know that proved to be impossible. We are told that the closure is temporary and I hope that this is true and that it will be able to reopen soon. In the meantime, the Council are considering screening some films at The Congress Theatre. Whilst social distancing makes it difficult for the theatre to stages shows where margins are already tight, films have been screened there in the past and I hope that is something that can be repeated in the coming months.