Update from Eastbourne Borough Council Leader David Tutt on 30-Aug-20

In a year when virtually every local event has been cancelled, it is good to know that there is one which is still going to go ahead.  This is the walking festival, which will take place between 18th to 27th September.  There are a vast range of walks to choose from - ranging from long walks over the downs, to take in the magnificent views, to a more sedate walk around Helen Gardens.  This year’s event promises to be the best ever and takes in ‘Car Free Day’ on the 22nd September, a good reason for leaving the car at home and taking a walk.  Full details of the festival can be found on the Visit Eastbourne website at: www.visiteastbourne.com/walking-festival/walks/walk-calendar  Booking is required as numbers are strictly limited in order to observe the Covid-19 guidelines. For many, after months of staying indoors, this provides a great opportunity to get out in the fresh air, take some exercise and learn more about our local environment. 

More good news for those who have been bitten by the walking bug is that ‘Beat the Street’ is back.  This popular physical activity game gets underway on the 16th September. Running for seven weeks, participants are issued with fobs which they scan under ‘beat boxes’ which are attached to lampposts.  There are 72 ‘beat boxes’ spaced half a mile apart.  The greater distance you travel, the more points you can earn for your school or community team.  This fun way to exercise might give you a chance to visit parts of the town you have not seen before.  If you are interested in taking part you can find more information at www.beatthestreet.me/eastbourne/

This is the time of year that the Council conducts the annual electoral registration canvass.  If you have not already been contacted, you should be in the near future.  The propose of this canvass is to ensure that you are on the electoral roll and entitled to vote in elections.  Please help by filling this in with details of all of the adults in your household and return it to the Council – Thank you.

Stay safe!

David Tutt


Update from Eastbourne Borough Council Leader David Tutt

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The short break that I have just enjoyed helped to remind me of just how close we are to so much beautiful countryside.  In what could have been a rehearsal for the walking festival in September, I have walked over several areas of this, the eastern end of the South Downs.  So much open space, fantastic views and totally uncrowded.

Whilst I was on leave, I knew that I would be returning to tackle some very serious matters, not least of which the ongoing challenges of CV19. The break gave me time to consider the even greater issues facing our future.  Issues such as sustainability.

Eastbourne Borough Council has already set the objective of achieving carbon neutrality by 2030 and are working alongside environmental groups in order to achieve this target, but sustainability, which is so important for future generations, is much more than that.  Sustainability means finding ways to meet our current needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs.  So, whatever we take from the earth’s resources must be capable of being replaced and whatever we create, we need to be able to dispose of without polluting the planet.

To achieve this will require major changes in the ways that we live, many of which we might find uncomfortable.  For example, we urgently need to tackle our use of plastic.  On several occasions I have joined with others to clean our beaches and seen the volume of plastic washed up on our shores.  Since the 1950s more than 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic waste have been produced, making plastic one of the largest synthetic materials on the planet.  if there is to be a future for our children and grandchildren, this simply cannot continue.

The Covid pandemic has been tragic and brought grief to many, but it has also led to certain lifestyle changes which can contribute towards sustainability.   Less commuting, more home working and video conferencing.  Staycation holidays and less foreign travel are not really painful changes for most of us, but if continued will help to protect the future.

Stay safe.

David Tutt

 

 


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: [email protected]

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 [email protected] 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


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