Update from Eastbourne Borough Council Leader David Tutt on 8-Jun-21

With the easing of the Covid restrictions I was able to join together with others this week to take part in the Eastbourne Youth Radio Question and Answer session at the Eastbourne Academy.  Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, this event provides an opportunity for students to quiz local politicians and business leaders.  This year was the 20th anniversary of the event and as always the questions were challenging and demonstrated the interest that the questioners have in local issues.

Sticking to the theme of youth, next weekend (19th of June) I am one of the judges of Eastbourne’s first ever Young Traders Market alongside our MP and East Sussex College Group. The event has been organised by Luke Johnson of “Your Eastbourne BID” who has organised 15 young traders to compete to be crowned Eastbourne’s Young Trader of the Year. The winner will go to a regional final and maybe even compete nationally. As it is the opening of the tennis, the BID have arranged for live music, entertainment, and tennis demonstrations along with a selection of high quality products which you cannot buy anywhere else. All of this will be taking place between Bankers Corner and The Halifax in Terminus Road so please pay it a visit.

Market trading is invaluable as it helps businesses become established and provides real vibrancy to a town and Young Traders Markets have a proven record of success in other parts of the country. I also understand it’s not too late to enter – you can contact [email protected] for full details.

At the seafront end of Terminus Road (Victoria Place) traders have worked with the BID and Eastbourne Borough Council to organise a pop-up park to be installed for three weeks from the 19th of June. This part of the road will be closed to traffic and is a great example of what we can do when working together. Given the pandemic we know how important alfresco dining has become, and I hope that, plans for this area will be a key component of our levelling up fund to government. I am confident that pedestrianisation for this area will be a game changer, and I am delighted that the traders have come forward with this plan. We have never had a pop-up park before, but I understand there will be deck chairs, picnic tables and planters as well as other items to match the tennis theme. Do make sure you check it out – it will be operating every day from the 19th of June until the 11th of July.

Stay safe!

David Tutt


Update from Eastbourne Borough Council Leader David Tutt on 31-May-21

Happily the Bank Holiday brought the good weather that we had been hoping for meaning that it was pleasant to be outside in the fresh air and enjoy the beach, parks and South Downs.  For the first time in over a year it felt as if life was getting back to normal. Alongside this feelgood mood however is the news of increasing rates of Covid infections and concerns that we might be at the beginning of a third wave of the virus in the UK.  This is really worrying, especially for a town like Eastbourne which imports holidaymakers from many other places.  It leaves the Government with a difficult decision over whether to continue to follow their roadmap and remove the remaining restrictions on the 21st June, with many urging them to delay making these changes. 

One factor which impacts on the number of inflections is of course the vaccination programme and this continues to go well.  I had my second jab a week ago and am pleased to say that it went very smoothly without any side effects.  A few people have said to me that they do not want to be vaccinated.  This is of course their choice, being vaccinated is not compulsory but I believe that it is sensible.  Whilst it is true that there is a risk, evidence shows that this is very small and much less than the risk attached to catching the Coronavirus.  Being vaccinated will not only help to protect you but will also help to keep the infection rate down, so please think carefully if you are considering rejecting the jab.

In line with our aim to achieve carbon neutrality in Eastbourne by 2030, the Council’s Cabinet adopted a Biodiversity strategy this week.  This plan aims to:

  • Maintain and increase biodiversity on council-owned and managed land
  • Engage and enable community-led nature-based projects and to be involved in partnerships that promote natural capital and biodiversity across the borough
  • Ensure that all developments maximise the opportunities for well-considered gains in biodiversity

This plan is part of our attempt to address climate change which is undoubtedly the major challenge facing the planet.

Stay safe!

David Tutt

 


Update from Eastbourne Borough Council Leader David Tutt on 24-May-21

With more of the Covid lockdown restrictions easing, the Council has been working to reopen facilities and start to run some of our familiar events.  The first of these, “Magnificent Motors” took place last weekend and despite the rain, many people ventured out to view spectacular vehicles on display.  Due to Covid, this was a ticketed event and worked really well.  Other changes include the reopening of the Sovereign Centre, which is being well used and new eatery at The Pavilion at the Redoubt, which provides a relaxed atmosphere and a terrace with wonderful views over the sea.

The Council’s Heritage Team have been hard at work giving a facelift to the Beachy Head Countryside Centre.  I visited last week, together with a number of other Councillors and was really impressed with the way the exhibition tells of the history of the town.  The walls feature incredible artwork by local artist Ellie Fryer, whose painted murals throughout the Beachy Head Story have been greatly influenced by the surrounding area.  My favourite feature is the large picture window.  The stunning views from here across the South Downs, the old Belle Tout lighthouse and the sea beyond remind me of just how good it is to live in Eastbourne.  I could happily sit there for hours; it is just so relaxing.

With another Bank Holiday weekend ahead of us, let’s hope for an improvement in the weather.  Although Covid transmission rates remain low in Eastbourne, it is of course safer to be outside than indoors and locally there are so many outdoor attractions to enjoy.  In addition to the Downs and Beach we are fortunate in having plenty of local parks.  The seafront market is back and there is a funfair at Princes Park, both of which are open until Monday.  So, roll on the sunshine!

Stay safe!

David Tutt

 

 


Update from Eastbourne Borough Council Leader David Tutt on 17-May-21

The elections which took place last week elected County Councillors for the next four years.  My thanks go to everyone who voted, as I believe, that to maintain a democratic society, it is important that we all exercise our right to choose those who we wish to make decisions over our lives.  My special thanks go to the residents of St Anthonys ward who voted for me, I will do my very best to represent you.  The outcome of the elections left the Conservatives in control of East Sussex as a whole, but with Eastbourne sending 6 Liberal Democrats and 3 Conservatives to County Hall.

During recent weeks, the rate of Covid infections has continued to fall and currently Eastbourne is amongst the lowest levels in the country.  These lower rates, linked to the success of the vaccination programme, have brought greater freedoms.  Last Saturday I really enjoyed being able to have lunch on the terrace of the “Beach Deck”, watching the waves roll in.  If things continue to go well, we will soon be able to meet in larger groups and to go back inside pubs and restaurants.  It has been so pleasing to be able to see friends and family in person again.  If we continue to take precautions, such as the wearing of masks, we just might be through the worst of the pandemic in this country.  Now the task becomes one of rebuilding the economy.

The Borough Council is due to hold their Annual meeting next Wednesday when a new Mayor and Deputy Mayor will be elected.  Upperton lynchpin Pat Rodohan is being proposed as Mayor.  Pat has been a Councillor for many years and is highly deserving of this honour.  He will be supported by his wife Barbara, who will be the new Mayoress.  As his deputy, Pat will have Helen Burton.  Helen is already very well known in voluntary circles in the town, leading Eastbourne Volunteers and establishing the Langney Larder at Langney Community Centre.  Congratulations to them both, I know that they will make a great team.  My thanks go to outgoing Mayor and Deputy, Steve Wallis, and Sammy Choudhury for the splendid work that they have done over the past two years, particularly given the difficult circumstances in the past 12 months resulting from the lockdowns.

Stay safe!

David Tutt


Update from Eastbourne Borough Council Leader David Tutt on 17-May-21

The elections which took place last week elected County Councillors for the next four years.  My thanks go to everyone who voted, as I believe, that to maintain a democratic society, it is important that we all exercise our right to choose those who we wish to make decisions over our lives.  My special thanks go to the residents of St Anthonys ward who voted for me, I will do my very best to represent you.  The outcome of the elections left the Conservatives in control of East Sussex as a whole, but with Eastbourne sending 6 Liberal Democrats and 3 Conservatives to County Hall.

During recent weeks, the rate of Covid infections has continued to fall and currently Eastbourne is amongst the lowest levels in the country.  These lower rates, linked to the success of the vaccination programme, have brought greater freedoms.  Last Saturday I really enjoyed being able to have lunch on the terrace of the “Beach Deck”, watching the waves roll in.  If things continue to go well, we will soon be able to meet in larger groups and to go back inside pubs and restaurants.  It has been so pleasing to be able to see friends and family in person again.  If we continue to take precautions, such as the wearing of masks, we just might be through the worst of the pandemic in this country.  Now the task becomes one of rebuilding the economy.

The Borough Council is due to hold their Annual meeting next Wednesday when a new Mayor and Deputy Mayor will be elected.  Upperton lynchpin Pat Rodohan is being proposed as Mayor.  Pat has been a Councillor for many years and is highly deserving of this honour.  He will be supported by his wife Barbara, who will be the new Mayoress.  As his deputy, Pat will have Helen Burton.  Helen is already very well known in voluntary circles in the town, leading Eastbourne Volunteers and establishing the Langney Larder at Langney Community Centre.  Congratulations to them both, I know that they will make a great team.  My thanks go to outgoing Mayor and Deputy, Steve Wallis, and Sammy Choudhury for the splendid work that they have done over the past two years, particularly given the difficult circumstances in the past 12 months resulting from the lockdowns.

Stay safe!

David Tutt

 


The Government's Crushingly Disappointing Plans

We must rebuild as a fairer, greener and more caring country in the aftermath of Covid.

In the Queen's Speech Boris Johnson has utterly failed to deliver that ambitious programme - a programme that will respond to the real challenges people are facing after this terribly difficult year. 

His Government still fails small businesses and the self-employed, still doesn't address the climate challenge and still ignores millions of people caring for loved ones at home.

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Ed Davey Defending Our Democratic Freedoms

Ed Davey challenges an "illiberal government"; the "action of despots" who plan to take power away from individuals, undermine the rule of law and silence any opposition.

Liberal Democrats will fiercely oppose these plans.  Ed Davey on the Queen's Speech

 


Environmental Issues in Shinewater Park

Two Shinewater Park matters currently preoccupy your Langney Councillors - the recent park fire and the lack of dredging of its waterways... 

Park Fire

Our Langney councillors have condemned the arson attack on Shinewater Park. This behaviour is not only extremely dangerous but is also a severe threat to wildlife in the park.

Cllr Alan Shuttleworth, who is Chair of Shinewater and North Langney Partnership, has reaffirmed the good work that is going on in the park involving local groups, schools, the angling group, Friends of Shinewater Park, an ECO group called Blackberry Buzzard and local residents. Each group working hard to improve provision in this beautiful and natural watery environment.


Dredging & Flood Risk

Our councillors have contacted the Environment Agency about concerns relating to the upkeep of the waterways throughout Shinewater Park. One of the concerns that we have raised is to do with reductions in dredging and the amount of plastic pollution in the waterways. Councillor Alan Shuttleworth has been in contact with the Environment Agency throughout recent months to highlight the need for dredging work in Shinewater Park waterways to reduce the risk of flooding to nearby housing and streets. 


Shinewater & North Langney Partnership Developing Stronger Community Links

Over the past year there has been a lot of activity in developing the links between different local community groups. Organisations have come together to form a Partnership Group which includes the local schools, Lighthouse Health, Councillors, Sports and Community Centre, police, churches, youth organisations, voluntary groups, charities particularly around mental health provision, housing organisations and local residents.

The group is working with local schools on a number of projects and also supporting youth development work in the area. 

Cllr Alan Shuttleworth and Cllr Candy Vaughan are both members of Friends of Shinewater Park and are involved in a range of discussions about the park. Alan chairs the Partnership group, and says,

"we would like to bring more local residents into these groups. If you would like to join please get in touch."

Would you like to become a member of Friends of Shinewater Park or the Partnership?
Email Alan and Candy at [email protected]


Alan and Candy Tackle Litter Eyesores, Speeding & Footpath Repairs

Langney councillors' ongoing campaign to tackle speeding vehicles, road & pavement repairs and litter eyesores continues.

Cllr Alan Shuttleworth and Cllr Candy Vaughan joined community volunteers and the Council's Neighbourhood First team on the latest community litter pick, which links to the commitment to make areas PlasticFree.

Traffic calming measures are needed in several key routes across Langney.  The Sevenoaks Traffic Calming Group remain committed to pressing for more effective works to tackle the problem of speeding in Sevenoaks Road. Chair of the group, Alan Shuttleworth said,

“We are convinced that it needs electronic warning signage to slow down the traffic. Vehicle Advisory Signage is the best solution as it would work as a deterrent and reminder for a significant number of drivers. East Sussex Council are still refusing these requests.”

Important footpath repairs and potholes in Langney's roads are continuously reported to East Sussex County Council. However, the council is controlled by Conservative county councillors and they refuse to change the criteria for resurfacing the worst areas of our footpaths and roads. As Cllr Candy Vaughan commented,

"We have arranged for the Highway Steward to visit, but often the response is “it doesn’t meet the criteria”. Cllr Shuttleworth raised the need for a change in the criteria at the latest County Council meeting."

 


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