Langney Community Library re-opens


Langney’s volunteer-run Community Library is open again from Tuesday 18th August. The library has been adapted for social distancing and to fit with guidance.

Why not pop along to the library. (see guidance notes in window)

Chair of Library Trustees, Alan Shuttleworth said: “ Our volunteers are an amazing group of people who are really keen to get going again and would love to see you. During the closure we have been working on the community hub project in the basement, and things are coming along well.”

The library will start by opening three days a week from August 18th.

  • Tuesdays: 10am - 1 pm
  • Thursdays: 10am - 1 pm
  • Saturdays: 10am - 1 pm

New Langney Post Office is open


Following a long campaign led by Cllr Alan Shuttleworth, with the amazing resilience of Anna Hooper who collected 5000 signatures, the Post Office is open! 

Opening times are as follows:

  • Mondays: 9am - 5.30pm
  • Tuesdays: 9am - 5.30pm
  • Wednesdays: 9am - 5.30pm
  • Thursdays: 9am - 5.30pm
  • Fridays: 9am - 5.30pm
  • Saturdays: 9am - 5.30pm
  • Sundays: Closed

Please support Sholeh and the Post Office.


Sign petition to stop overdevelopment of green spaces!


A petition to stop the overdevelopment of our green spaces across Wealden, including the site adjacent to Eastbourne off Pennine Way, is gathering momentum.

It follows Wealden District Council giving planning permission for building on sites all around the Stone Cross area.

There is inadequate infrastructure in place (road improvements, health and education and an increased threat of flooding as a result of poor drainage and the uncertainties of climate change) to cope with these developments. Wealden District has already approved hundreds of houses.

Cllr Harun Miah said, “ It is time to call a halt.”

Cllr Alan Shuttleworth added, “Make your voices count. Government are trying to change the planning system to give developers more power, and local people’s democratic rights will be disregarded.”

Wealden District Council must listen to the people, and protect our countryside.


Save our countryside! Friday Street Farm shock.


A massive campaign led by Cllr Alan Shuttleworth and supported by many local residents led to Wealden Planning Committee to refusing permission (on 21/5/20) for the the proposed Friday Street Farm development.

But now the developers have put in another application which is almost the same. This makes a mockery of the system and democracy.

Cllr Candy Vaughan commented, “It is outrageous that this application is coming back again, disregarding the verdict, and after so many residents raised legitimate objections”  

The second application can be viewed on Wealden District Council site. 


Email: [email protected] and quote WD/2020/1391/MAO to object to building on this farmland which borders Pennine Way.

Click here to see Cllr Alan Shuttleworth’s Letter of Objection.


Update from Eastbourne Borough Council Leader David Tutt


The past few months have been very different.  Despite the lockdown I have been attending more meetings than ever, the difference being that instead of going to different locations I have conducted them all from my home.  Each day sitting in front of my computer, watching the screen and taking part in meetings via different video conferencing platforms. 

Weather-wise it has of course been a fantastic summer, so as I have been indoors, I have been looking longingly at the sunshine outside, wishing that I could go out and enjoy it.  So, with the reduction in Council commitments in August and the relaxation of the lockdown, I have decided to take a holiday.  Where am I going?  To the sunniest place in the UK.  I am sure that you have guessed correctly, I will be staying right here in Eastbourne.  The difference being that I will be ignoring the phone and e-mails and enjoying the sunshine. 

I know that many indoor attractions are still closed, but we are so fortunate with our local environment.  We have the South Downs on our doorstep with so much open space and stunning countryside.  If that were not enough, we also have the sea, with miles of beaches stretching from Sovereign Harbour to Holywell, it is not too hard to find a quiet spot. I think that it is time for a picnic.  Maybe I will see you around town.

Stay safe and enjoy summer.

David Tutt



500 calls made to vulnerable Sovereign residents during lockdown

key_ebtogether.jpgAt the beginning of the lockdown the Liberal Democrats launched the #EBtogether Community Call Centre - our telephone drive to call vulnerable Eastbournians and signpost them to the support they need.

Thanks to the passion, commitment, and determination of our team of 40+ volunteers we hit our target of contacting over 5,000 residents across town, including 501 in Sovereign.

The Eastbourne and Willingdon Lib Dems' response to Coronavirus, has won the award for being the best telephone drive in the UK during the lockdown - and a place in the Liberal Democrat Community Champions Hall of Fame.

The Liberal Democrat Community Champions Hall of Fame initiative has been launched by Sir Stuart Etherington, the former Chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisation and Chair of the Liberal Democrat Coronavirus Community Taskforce. As well as helping people with basic supplies the EBtogether have been doing a range of work from sharing best practice and ideas to organising volunteers to call thousands of people across Eastbourne to offer assistance.

Sovereign County Council Candidate Kathy Ballard said: “I was delighted to help with this initiative making phone calls. It is so important that we look after vulnerable people in our community and I am very impressed at how the town has come together in this crisis to give that support.”

If you need help and support during this most difficult time, you can contact Eastbourne's Community Hub. The hub has been working hard supporting residents across Eastbourne.


Phone: 01323 679722 (option 1)

There is also a large variety of information and links;  go to

If you would like to hear more about Eastbourne, you can also go to

PROFILE: Sovereign Ward candidate Dr. Kathy Ballard


After growing up in London, I went to Liverpool University to study Medicine. When I qualified I worked in an A&E Department in London treating people from many walks of life and ethnic backgrounds. Working 100 hour weeks in the NHS, I realised I had to choose between having a family or working full time. I devoted my time to bringing up my two daughters.

I moved to Sovereign Harbour in 2004 and my children had the privilege of growing up in the wonderful community of Eastbourne (I used to live in Dominica Court).

I was originally elected a Conservative Meads Ward Borough Councillor in 2015 and became an Independent in 2017, as it was my wish to follow my conscience with integrity and passion.

In 2018-19 Eastbourne’s Liberal Democrat Council appointed me Deputy Mayor and I was so delighted by this openness and inclusion that I became a card carrying Liberal Democrat in 2019.
I have an understanding of the moderate Tory voter (I used to be one) and I know they care about a lot of issues that we Liberal Democrats are also concerned with - the environment, preserving frontline council services, fiscal responsibility and protecting and supporting our wonderful Eastbourne community.

My contribution as a Meads councillor has helped many and includes presenting a motion to full council passed unanimously to align the council with the principles of a Plastic Free Eastbourne.

I am currently a Trustee of a local charity and Chair of Upperton Neighbourhood Panel (where I currently live). I listen to people involved in community led groups and by taking what residents have to say to the heart of Council I make sure wheels are set in motion for action and change. Working with leaders from all areas of the community enables me to bring them together to address specific problems that need local solutions. In doing so they build trusting networks which makes a real difference on the ground as people start to look out for each other. Covid 19 has shown us Eastbourne’s remarkable community spirit which we must continue to nurture.

I am delighted to have been chosen to fight the County Council seat for Sovereign Ward in 2021.Sovereign is a very special place and the people living here often feel separate from the rest of the town. As the Liberal Democrat candidate I will be able to work closely with the Borough Council and bring Sovereign closer involvement and influence within Eastbourne community championing its issues both in the town and at County level. Its time for a new approach at ESCC and if elected I would aim to be a part of the solution.

I pledge to the community to continue to answer the phone and email to residents as a priority and to put public service first. I really look forward to the challenge of fighting for Sovereign as their Liberal Democrat County Councillor.

If you need to contact me I can be reached on:

[email protected]

Local shopping centres and post office update


The new post office for Langney Shopping Centre is close to opening. Following months of campaigning we are please to be able to celebrate the good news.

Since the closure of the post office, Liberal Democrat Councillor Alan Shuttleworth has worked with the Langney Shopping Centre owners and management and the Post Office to bring it back.

Alan said, “This has been a tortuous wait and we have also seen Barclays Bank closing, but I am pleased that we have finally achieved a new post office for the Centre. Thank you to Anna and all who signed the petition. We wish the post office a long and successful future."

As your Sovereign County Candidate Kathy Ballard is happy to work closely with Alan on issues that affect Sovereign Langney Point.


An update on the old Cineworld building at the Crumbles: Liberal Democrats are in contact with the owners M&G. There has been some interest in the building but the coronavirus lockdown has put action on hold. As your Sovereign County Candidate Kathy Ballard will be keeping up to date on this issue and keeping you informed.

Lib Dem council re-opens Sovereign Centre


After 15 years of managing the Sovereign Leisure Centre, SERCO handed over its management to Eastbourne Borough Council on 14 June 2020. The Centre reopened its doors on 25 July 2020 for use of the gym and the Council report that this is going very well as social distancing measures are effective when using the sports hall in addition to the gym.

The Gala swimming pool will reopen in September but the fun pool will have to remain closed as the changing room facilities and close proximity of people there will not be Covid safe.

A further update is on the building itself. The building of the new Leisure Centre which was due to be constructed has been put on hold. This is because the design for the changing room facilities is not Covid secure and will have to be redesigned.

Councillor Margaret Bannister, Cabinet portfolio holder for Tourism and Leisure, said “Eastbourne Borough Council is pleased to have taken back control of the Sovereign Centre and are looking forward to running it again.  We are committed to ensuring the continuation of our leisure services, so it is essential the council steps in to maintain the running of the centre, for the time being.   We want to reassure staff, residents and visitors that we are doing everything we can to minimise disruption and ensure a smooth transition.”

County Council Candidate for Sovereign Kathy Ballard said  “It is welcome news that the leisure centre is providing its services again to residents and that Eastbourne Borough Council is acting so responsibly in the planning for the new building.”

Councillors take action over anti-social behaviour in Gildredge Park


Over the past few weeks Gildredge Park has been in the spotlight due to 2 illegal raves being held there, the latter being on 24th July.  The police had received warnings from local councillor Robin Maxted, via a local resident who’d been tipped off,  that a rave was being planned for that evening.  A police spokesperson said there were ‘plans were in place’ but it seems they were not expecting as many as the 450 who turned up.

The police initiated a dispersal order and the park was cleared by around midnight, but not without incident.  2 police officers and an emergency worker were assaulted, police cars were damaged and 4 arrests were made.

According to police reports, whilst the majority of those attending acted in a responsible manner, there were a substantial number who didn’t.  That aside, this size of gathering is illegal under the Government’s  Covid-19 regulations.

Cllr Maxted attended the scene early the following morning and, whilst some litter had been properly disposed in bins and bags, there was still a substantial amount scattered around the park.  This mostly comprised plastic and glass bottles, plastic tumblers, empty Nitrous Oxide chargers and plastic drug wraps.  He said “I spent a couple of hours clearing up and managed to fill 2 large bin liners with the litter that had been strewn around the area. The most worrying aspect was finding broken glass from smashed bottles in the children’s play area”.



The police were taking no chances the following Friday (31st July) and were better prepared, with greater numbers and a more visible presence than the week before.  Entrances to Manor Gardens had all been closed from 4pm and all entrances to Gildredge Park were manned by police and council security officers.  This may have put organisers off, as there was no sign of a party or partygoers.  Let’s hope that continues.

According to some local residents, anti-social behaviour in the park has been a frequent occurrence, particularly over these past few months.  Sometimes involving fewer people but, according to a local resident “much drunken shouting and sometimes music going on, sometimes until 3 or 4 in the morning”.

We would like to assure local residents that we will continue to support local residents with their concerns.  We will work closely with Neighbourhood First and continue to encourage the police to be proactive in minimising anti-social activities in the park.

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