Update from Eastbourne Borough Council Leader David Tutt on 18-Oct-20

An early start last weekend in order to ‘Beat the Street’, and whilst watching the sunrise on our glorious seafront I couldn’t help reflecting on how lucky we are living where we do.  This year has been both worrying and restricting as a result of Covid-19, but we are fortunate to live in an area with so much natural beauty on our doorstep.  I can’t help but feel sorry for those you have spent 2020 in a tower block in an inner city!

Back to 'Beat the Street' - this has really taken off as more than 8500 people are hitting the beatboxes around Eastbourne.  Let’s hope that the weather stays fine for the school holidays as this will provide a healthy activity for children at a time when many other activities have been curtailed.  Someone did however tell me that during their walk they saw a car pull up, a woman jump-out and flash three cards under the scanner.  ‘Beat the Street’ is suppose to be a bit of fun and to help us keep fit by walking and cycling and cutting down on carbon emissions, so it is sad to hear that some are ignoring the rules.

I was delighted to hear that The Queen’s Birthday Honours list brought the award of an MBE for local resident Ian Westgate.  Ian has worked tirelessly for the local community, especially those with disabilities, for very many years without any thought of reward.  He is a worthy recipient of this honour.

Looking at the number of known Covid-19 cases at the time I write, Eastbourne remains mercifully low in comparison with much of the UK.  As I have said before however this virus spreads extremely fast and there is no room for complacency.  A test centre has returned to the car park at Devonshire Park, so if you think that you have developed any symptoms of Covid, play safe and book a test.

Stay safe!

David Tutt

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