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


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


Save our countryside! Friday Street Farm shock.

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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. 

We need YOUR help to SAVE OUR GREEN BELT.

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.

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Update from Eastbourne Borough Council Leader David Tutt

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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.

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


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