EASTBOURNE MP Caroline Ansell’s weekly message is an upbeat one.

She’s convinced that Eastbourne is bouncing back:

‘Last weekend there was a brilliant atmosphere in town and this really gave me hope that we are finally coming out of the darkness of the pandemic. It’s wonderful to say Eastbourne is set for a much-needed and most welcome staycation boom. 

Part of this great atmosphere was our first ever youth market – a national programme designed to promote young entrepreneurs. I had the pleasure of helping to judge the best local market trader who will now have the chance to compete at the national finals in London. It was a tough gig but Healing Timber won and I bought bamboo straws!  

Young people have had a tough time during Covid and I was really pleased to see these 15 young traders set up shop alongside more established ones and sell their wares. Goodies on offer included sugar cane mocktails and artisan breads and the young traders had great stories to tell. I’m sure they all have good futures ahead too. 

The staycation boom is most welcome and many places need staff to be able to re-open fully.  There are jobs right now in hospitality, which is great news, and further evidence Eastbourne is bouncing back. I am now working with East Sussex College, Jobcentre Plus, Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce and Eastbourne BID to help connect local people with local opportunities and employers.’