I think Starchild's review of over ten years ago needs an update. There is no doubt that Pevensey Road was a dump but it has improved markedly. There are probably several reasons for this. First, there is generally a less tolerant attitude towards anti-social behaviour by the authorities. Second, the introduction of licensing of houses of multiple occupation has allowed the Council to get tougher with those landlords who let their properties go to ruin and yet extort large sums of money from their tenants. These landlords are being driven out of the area and their properties converted to flats which, in turn, is drawing in a different type of occupant.
In short, Pevensey Road is on the up and it doesn't take much imagination to see that it could be the 'in place' in a few years time, especially if the Council's plan for regeneration comes to fruition. The first step should be to make Pevensey Road a one way street and introduce residents parking. Second, they could improve the street clutter by doing away with three remaining telegraph poles in the area (all in Pevensey Road). And third, introduce a seagull proof system of refuse collection.
Certainly there is a lot of renovation work going on and the houses are beginning to recapture some of their Victorian splendour. Where else in a major seaside town can you buy a flat within two or three blocks of (a) the town centre (in this case, the Arndale Centre) and a similar distance to the sea front and the historic grade 2 listed pier for well under £100,000?
I have always understood Eastbourne to be 'God's waiting room', but after taking a holiday there a few years ago I now realise that this is simply not true.
I can vaguely remember going there as a child and my parents having to tell me to be quiet and not bounce my ball along the sea front because of all these elderly people sitting in deckchairs frowning at us, so I was expecting pretty much the same atmosphere.
I again went with my parents, on an organised coach trip and stayed at a lovely hotel just off the sea front. The average age in Eastbourne is higher than elsewhere but it isn't a place just for the crumblies by any means.
It was a lovely (short) walk to the sea front where there is a beautiful beach. There are well-maintained gardens all the way along the promenade so it's lovely for a stroll or just to sit and watch the world go by.
The lifeboat house is on the front but the lifeboat is moored some distance away in the marina so you can't get to see her. The man in the gift shop told me that she usually comes into the sea off Eastbourne on a Sunday morning to practice manoeuvres. Unfortunately the week we were there the crew had all been instructed to attend church instead! As those of you who know anything about me can imagine, I was seriously disappointed!
All the slot machines etc that you would expect at a seaside resort are all together on the long pier so you don't get the tatty area in town which is often associated with this type of entertainment, but you do still get the fun of the slot machines if you like that sort of thing.
Eastbourne itself is an elegant Victorian town planned by the seventh duke of Devonshire. It is a natural sun trap sheltered by Beachy Head to the west.
There is a good, large, varied shopping centre with the usual department stores and lots of good gift shops - again no tat! There are also a lot of good restaurants and cafes.
Eastbourne not only has it's own interesting sights but it is a good base for getting out and exploring the surrounding countryside.
There is a mile long cliff top nature trail on the cliffs of Beachy Head. This is a windswept headland with a 534 foot sheer drop down to the lighthouse below, so if you have children with you please take good care of them. I remember when I was about ten years old, my dad was taking my photograph on the top of Beachy Head and he kept telling me to step back a bit and my mom was virtually hysterical as she thought I would fall! I was still about 10 yards from the edge when he took the photo so I dont think she need have worried!
A good day trip from Eastbourne is to Battle, which is slightly inland and to the east of Eastbourne. This is where the Battle of Hastings was actually fought on the slopes below the town. On the site of the victory William the Conqueror built an abbey and the high altar marked the spot where Harold fell.
Battle itself is a nice little town with plenty of shops and some lovely tea-rooms. Well you have to stop for a cuppa, dont you?
You can then travel back to the coast to visit Hastings, where there are fish stalls and the old net sheds contrasting with the modern pier and promenade. The ruins of William the Conquerors castle are up above the town.
A day trip in the opposite direction, west, will take you to Brighton, where you can see the famous Royal Pavilion built in 1783 for Prince Regent. There is an interesting shopping area known as The Lanes where there are many antique shops. The Booth Museum in the town houses the bones of a dinosaur and there is an electric railway, promenade, piers and a sea life centre.
Inland again, the carefully preserved little village of Alfriston is also worth a visit. It has a fourteenth century church and clergy house. The Star Inn built in the fifteenth century has a lot of carving including a ships figurehead.
So, if like me, you thought Eastbourne was just for crumblies think again!
Pardon? Ok let me explain. For those of you who maybe don't know, somebody decided a good tourism ploy would be to call Eastbourne the Sunshine Coast. In reality it should be the Rainy Coast! Where Is It? Situated on the south coast of England, Eastbourne can found midway between the city of Brighton ad Hove and Hastings, in the county known as East Sussex. Events Throughout the year there are various things going on for all ages.It really all starts in June. The Hastings Direct International Ladies Tennis Championships. All the big named female tennis players come to this,as do some legends and of course Cliff Richard! All the ball girls are trained by two local schools - Cavendish and Moira House. I was a ball girl when I was younger - very hard work! It's also covered by the BBC. 999 Weekend This ususally takes place in July some time. All the emergency services put on displays to point out dangers. The cliff rescue team also take part along with the coast guard and lifeboat. Airbourne The biggest FREE airshow in the south east! This is run by Eastbourne Borough COuncil in partnership with the RAF. It takes place over four days and gives you the opportunity to see the RAF Falcons and te Red Arrows. There are also displays from Tornadoes, Spitfires and there's a Battle of Britian flypast. The Utterly Butterly Wing Walkers put in an appearance. Running along side this event is Radio Airbourne which runs in the run up and through the event. It can be found on 87.7Fm. So tune in and listen to me and my friends bringing you all the latest traffic and travel news, carparking updates, commentaries for the displays and of course the latest tunes! If you do come along make sure you check out the RAF police dog show - really cute! There's also a big firework display on the final day! Cracker Weekends These run over the month before Christmas normally. Basically it's late night
shopping! The local radio station puts on a roadshow and the panto stars make an appearance too. Theres usually a firework display too. Shopping The main shopping centre is the Arndale Centre which has Boots, BHS, Littlewoods, Top Shop and Bay to name a few. This has its own multistory that's free to park in on a Sunday. Then there's the Enterprise Shopping Centre. This is more like an indoor market and has a lovely crystal shop! It's also popular for food seekers as there are a few popular noodle bars there. Terminus Road is the other shopping area. Mainly pound shops it must be said! Lottbridge Drove is the industrial estate and homes Tesco Extra, Argos, Pets At Home, Homebase, McDonalds, Pizza Hut and Vokins. Pubs Hundreds! You can't get away from them. For those of you who like the big name places, there's a Weatherspoons in the town centre. Otherwise take you pick from the numerous pubs dotted aroundthe streets. Some can be rough so choose carefully. I won't name any because it's not fair too as they all get trouble from time to time. Clubs Atlantis is on the pier and has special under 18 nights. Kings is in the town centre and homes the resident teenyboppers! Jack's Lougne is upstairs. The House of Commons is not far from there and has the House of Lords attached which is designed for the over 50's! There's also TJ's and Maxines. Theatres The Congress is the main theatre for the town and homes some of the best shows. West End musicals come here, along with internationally famous orchestras, ice shows, and one man shows. I went to see Derren Brown there and he put on a great show! The Winter Gardens is the home to the craft fairs mainly. The music and arts festival is held there too but nothing much really goes on here. The Devonshire Park hosts the annual panto and has lots of murder myst
ery style playes there. The amdrams also perform there. The Hpordrome. Recently the centre of a big to do over whether or not it should close. This has stars such as Paul Daniels. There's also an underground theatre which I've never been too and don't know where it is! Says a lot for it's publicity! Attractions For the kids there's Treasure Island which is full of climbing frames, a paddling pool and used to hae animals although I'm not sure if they've got ridof them. Good for the under 12s Fort Fun is a mini fun fair and does cost quite a bit these days. There's a runaway train and some other not very exciting rides there. More for the younger kids who don't like to be scared. The Pier is for the older ones and the mums and dads because it's full of arcades.They're quite good but go with a budget. My advice at these places is to put all your winnings in another pocket and only use the money you came in with, so if you go in with a fiver to play with, only spend that fiver and you should, hopefully, come out still with some cash. The Doto Train - every motorists nightmare. It's a little train that poodles along the seafront at zero miles an hour. It's a good way of getting along the seafront though. But it it's compulsary for you to wave if you're on it! Sovereign Centre. This is the local swimming pool. There's a main pool, length pool, diving pool and kiddie zone. David Lloyds is a good place to go for a workout or there's Lloyd's Lanes where you can get in a game of bowling. Of course if you want bowls then go to the seafront! Puppet Museum is in the Wish Tower on the seafront. Unfortunately the Redoubt Military Fortress Museum has now been closed. Sovereign Harbour is good for food. There's loads of restaurants there of all different continents. Cinemas The Curzen
is in the town centre and is the cheapest one in the town. The other is the UGC which costs the earth and is slightly out of town. But it does show a larger number of films. Local Radio Sovereign Radio is the town's station and plays music from the 60's to the present day. It produces local, national ad internaltional news along with travel updates and competitions. Southern Fm is more for Sussex in general but plays modern music and has bigger competitions as it's a bigger station. Local Paper The Gazette is released on a Wednesday and has the weaker stories of the week in whereas the Herald is the main paper and has the big stories and jobs, property and motor supliments. Public Transport Buses and trains will take you most places on a regular basis. Hotels There's a large choice of these from Travel Inn to the five star Grand Hotel. So you're bound to find one that suits your needs and budget. Sport The town has three football teas cos we're greedy! Eastbourne Borough is the best in the town and plays at Priory Lane. Eastbourne United plays at the Oval. Eastbourne Town - I have been informed they play at the Saffrons! (see comments for the clever cloggs who knew that!) We also have a champion speedway team. The Eastbourne Eagels have won the Elite League A on more than one occassion. They can be found at the Arlington Stadium in Upper Dicker. Parks Three in total. Hampdon Park is the biggest and has a lake, fitness trail, woods and playground. Gildredge Park is pretty boring, but good for walking the dog. Princes Park homes the travelling fair when they come and has a boating lake. It's also the home of the Oval. What else? There's the South Downs where you can walk up to the cliff edge at Beachy Head, and enjoy te views. The beach is pebbly and has hardly any
sand. We have a traditional bandstand that plays old time music so good for the grandparents!Watch out though as you do have to pay to sit in a deck chair! The promenade is nice to walk along. And don't forget to pop to the surrounding villages, which are full of history. Pevensey is home to Pevensey Castle, whose outer walls were built by the Romans and inner walls were built by the Normans. Westham homes the first ever chuch built by the Normans in 1080. This is easy walking distance from the castle. Lots of history in this part of the world especially from the Norman invasion in 1066! Well there you go, a bit about my town. Maybe I'll bump into you one day - if I do sorry!
Eastbourne is a nice place, as long as you don`t live in Pevensey Road. Locally it is known as Bedsit Land, Little Albania, Little Liverpool (no offence), Reject City and Drug Street. If you live in Pevensey Road there are certain things you find it difficult to do; 1) Find a job 2) Park your car 3) Feel safe at night 4) Find a policeman (well that`s Eastbourne in general) 5) Avoid dirty syringes from being thrown into your garden 6) Get re-housed by council even if you are pregnant, married, already have a child, suffer with neighbour abuse and scared for your life. We have a residents association who try their best to stop the troublemaker from living here; but it doesn`t help when the local council send people here that they do not intend to rehouse. Although the area has imrpoved over the last 18 months, I would rather walk alone at night through the streets of Johannesburg than through Pevensey ROad.