Lib Dems force County Council roadworks U-turn

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Conservative-run East Sussex County Council scheduled roadworks in Lower Meads for one of the busiest and sunniest weeks of the year in August. Businesses on Carlisle Road were appalled when they found out it would mean closing the whole road for two weeks!

The plans would have directly affected 34 local businesses.

After being contacted by one business owner who would have been affected, the Eastbourne Liberal Democrats - led by Cllr David Tutt - persuaded the county council to reschedule the work for a quieter time later in the year.

Meads campaigner and County Council candidate Peter Diplock said: “The plans of the County Council beggar belief – closing the road 34 businesses rely on for trade, on one of the busiest weeks of the year in such glorious weather, and after these businesses have been so badly affected by Covid? You couldn’t make it up! Happily, by ensuring we were in touch with the needs of businesses in Meads, the Lib Dems were able to force the County Council to think again.”


PROFILE: Meads ward campaigner - Councillor Peter Diplock

Hello! For those of you that don’t know me I’m Peter Diplock and will be meeting many of you over the next few months ahead of the County Council elections next year. I was born locally in what was St Mary’s hospital, and have a large extended family in the town. I’ve had a varied career, working in Emergency Planning for the Cabinet Office, being a teacher, and in a record shop (my favourite!) I’ve also more recently worked in both Adult Social Care and Children’s Services and know only too well the challenges faced by those who need help from an often impenetrable system.

I’m involved locally with Living Streets, a nationwide charity that promotes active travel and have taken demands for the British Lung Foundation’s campaign for a new Clean Air Act to parliament. Alongside being a Borough councillor I work locally in part of the NHS, and have seen first-hand the impact of County cuts and consistent underfunding for special educational needs children and adult social care. I want to work with colleagues of any political persuasion to improve the services from the County Council.

If you would like to get in touch with me to talk about local issues or support my campaign in any way, do get in touch, I look forward to hearing from you.


East Sussex County Council faces shortfall of £31 million

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At an East Sussex County Council cabinet meeting it came to light that the Council currently faces a budget deficit of £31 million. The Council has not yet said how they will find this money.

Ratton ward campaigner, Councillor Helen Burton, said: "When money has been tight in the past, the first thing that the Conservative controlled council does is take funding from the vulnerable and reduce essential services. Now, more than ever, I worry about what the council’s response will be to this unprecedented cash crisis. Liberal Democrats must have a voice at the table to make sure that social support is available for the people who need it."


PROFILE: Ratton ward campaigner Councillor Helen Burton

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For those of you who don’t know me, I thought I would start by introducing myself. I’m Helen Burton and have been selected as the Liberal Democrat candidate in Ratton for the East Sussex County Council elections next year, and as a local resident I am looking forward to becoming a strong voice for our ward.

I am passionate about our Eastbourne community and as a Green Liberal Democrat, a keen environmentalist. I worked for ESCC children’s services and was a foster parent for many years, so I have a good understanding of social issues and am an excellent advocate for Liberal Democrat values. I want to work with our group at County level to improve the system because I know its flaws.

As a foster parent I worked with children, their parents and professionals, often in extremely volatile circumstances. I had to build relationships with each at different levels and my counselling training gave me the skills to do this. In my community work I have supported people with all sorts of mental health and social issues and I have worked hard to ensure they feel listened to and that they get the services they need. I will bring those skills to this role.

The Community Interest Company I founded four years ago, Volunteers Network, publishes the Eastbourne Voice newspaper, runs Pevensey Community Library (which we saved from closure), promotes volunteering, and manages Langney Community Centre. At the beginning of the pandemic we also set up a telephone befriending service to reduce social isolation, which will now become a permanent service to residents of East Sussex. All of our activities aim to make our community stronger, and compliment my work as a councillor.

I have been an Eastbourne Borough councillor for the past year representing the ward I work in, St. Anthony’s, but as a new resident of Ratton I look forward to meeting residents and finding out your views about where we live and what improvements need to be made.

If you would like to get in touch with me to talk about local issues or support my campaign in any way, do get in touch, I look forward to hearing from you.

Helen Burton

 

Email: ratton@eastbournelibdems.org.uk

Facebook Profile: Helen Burton (www.facebook.com/HelenBurton01)

Facebook Politician’s Page: www.facebook.com/HelenBurtonLD

Instagram: cllrhelenburton

Twitter: @helenburtonLD

You can also follow the Ratton Liberal Democrats on Facebook for regular news updates.


700+ calls made to shielding Ratton residents

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At 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 702 in Ratton.

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.

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.

Online:  https://www.lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk/community/covid-19/

Phone: 01323 679722 (option 1)

There is also a large variety of information and links;  go to  https://www.eastbournelibdems.org.uk/coronavirus

Volunteers Network Befriending Service

If you or someone you know is feeling isolated and would like a regular call from a volunteer offering a friendly chat, please email volunteersnetworkbefriending@gmail.com or telephone 07501 909048 and one of our volunteers will get in touch with you.


Over 350 calls made to help Meads residents during lockdown

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At 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 375 in Meads.

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.

Meads County Council Candidate Cllr Peter Diplock said: “I'm proud to have backed this significant telephone drive supporting some of the most vulnerable residents in Meads. Now more than ever, it's critical that we look out for one another and help each other in times of need."

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.

Online:  https://www.lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk/community/covid-19/

Phone: 01323 679722 (option 1)

There is also a large variety of information and links;  go to  https://www.eastbournelibdems.org.uk/coronavirus

If you would like to hear more about Eastbourne, you can also go to https://www.facebook.com/eastbournevoice


Save our NHS walk-in centre!

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The Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) for Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford are considering plans to close the NHS GP walk-in centre at Eastbourne Station.

Even before Covid-19, this much needed surgery was an essential part of our local NHS provision. Now, with Bolton Road surgery moving to Old Town, and the Grove Road and Lighthouse practices under increasing pressure, it’s important that the walk-in centre at the station remains.

Meads Ward County Council candidate Cllr Peter Diplock said: "It provides care not only to residents in Lower Meads and the town centre, but also to those unable to register with a GP and visiting tourists. Closing this facility is short-sighted at best and will only increase the huge strain on our NHS. Please do join us in signing this petition to save our walk in centre."

Sign the petition here: https://www.eastbournelibdems.org.uk/petition-walk-in-centre


Langney Community Library re-opens

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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

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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!

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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.

Sign the petition here: NO CONFIDENCE IN WEALDEN DISTRICT COUNCIL


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