Hands Off Friday Street Farm!

Cllr Alan Shuttleworth is continuing the fight to save our green belt by opposing building over Friday Street Farm which is in Wealden Council area, but borders Langney at Pennine Way.

Alan said, “So many people oppose building on this unique piece of the green belt and recognise the enormous impact in terms of traffic congestion, pollution and damage to the environment and to protected species, as well as the flooding impact, and inadequacies in pumping and wastewater sewerage arrangements.”

This Planning committee is restricted to the access to the site from Pennine Way, and the expected traffic congestion, as Wealden Council have already approved the development.

Pennine Way is the only route in and out of this area for many hundreds of existing properties, never mind the increased traffic from this development.

East Sussex Highways have recognised the impact in terms of congestion on the road network. There is uncertainty over the funding of these works.

Alan is hoping to persuade the committee to refuse permission despite the planning officers’ recommendation of approval, “The Planning committee must refuse permission due to the inevitable impact in Pennine Way as well as the severe impact on the surrounding road network if this development is approved without guarantees on the funding for all the required mitigation works.”

Permission must be withheld until all the monies for highway works are in place, and a condition that no housing be occupied until these works are completed should be applied. This may dissuade the developers from starting this building.

The battle to save our green belt goes on. Hands off Friday Street Farm!


Walk-in Centre Closure

A walk-In service provides a unique access to healthcare which is not replicated elsewhere in the town and offers an important safety net for patients who can’t get an appointment at other GP surgeries. The Walk-in centre is an important service for Eastbourne’s most vulnerable, some of whom are unable to book a GP appointment in advance, as well as for visitors to Eastbourne who are taken ill,

Langney Lib Dem Councillor Alan Shuttleworth led the fight to keep the Walk-In service. As a member of East Sussex Health Overview & Scrutiny committee he presented the case to keep the service.

“It is unbelievable that this health provision is closing when we are still in a health pandemic and this facility has never been more important.”

Conservative Councillors voted for the health centre’s closure. Despite Lib Dems voting against the closure, they were outvoted by the Tories who hold the majority on this committee.

The Conservatives have now decided the fate of this vital town-wide service.

Cllr Candy Vaughan commented, “I can’t believe that Conservative councillors voted to allow this much-needed medical centre to close. It has been used as a safety net for people across Eastbourne.”


Tory Budget at East Sussex County Council - You Pay More and Get Less!

As East Sussex County Council Tory-run authority increase Council Tax by £1 a week and Lib Dem-run Eastbourne Borough Council by 10p a week it is clear which council offers value for money. Since 2007 Lib Dem-led Eastbourne Borough Council has raised council tax by 23% and the Conservatives in Tory-run County Hall by a whopping 42%. During the Covid pandemic Eastbourne has received £1.8m in Covid grant whereas East Sussex County Council has received £32m in support!

Liberal Democrat County Council budget proposals focus on the most vulnerable residents. Our 2021-22 budget proposals redirected unallocated money to support people who have suffered most during the pandemic. Unfortunately, the Conservative-led County Council voted-down our amendments.

We would have added £200,000 from the County’s Covid money to support children’s mental health assessments and catch-up work for the many children who have been so badly affected by the lack of school attendance.

Lib Dems proposed that additional social services money - £880,000 - should go towards providing respite services for carers; grant funds for front-line voluntary sector services; adult mental health support.

Cllr Alan Shuttleworth said,

“The budget meeting was an opportunity to give more financial support for our schools and particularly those children who have missed out, as well as carers and mental health. There is a real need for more support for families who have suffered, especially with mental health issues.”


Councillor Alan Shuttleworth Stands Up for Carers

Your Langney County Councillor Alan Shuttleworth, together with Cllr Candy Vaughan and Cllr Harun Miah have joined the Lib Dem call for the government to raise Carer’s Allowance by £1,000 a year. This would help support 2,288 unpaid family carers in Eastbourne during the coronavirus pandemic; an increase of £20 per week to match the recent increase in Universal Credit.

Sign the Stand Up For Carers Petition!

Just 1,529 of Eastbourne’s carers currently receive carer’s allowance and Alan also wants the remaining 759 carers who currently don’t get it due to overlapping benefits to benefit too.

Alan said, "These are mostly older carers on low income who may have been most affected by the  coronavirus pandemic. These wonderful family carers in Eastbourne are doing a incredible job in very difficult circumstances. They deserve our support, but are too often overlooked or ignored. Liberal Democrats will stand up for carers and lead the way to a more caring society.”


Supporting Sovereign Residents During Lockdown

Covid-19 continues to hit Eastbourne very hard.  Kathy Ballard, Sovereign Spokesperson said, “Latest figures for Sovereign show an increase in cases from 94.9 per 100,000 on 29th January to 108.5 on 4th February. But set against the overall rate for Eastbourne (361 per 100,000) this suggests the virus is still well contained in our community. Thankfully, figures across East Sussex are dropping.

I pay tribute to the many people who work so hard on behalf of our town during this dreadful pandemic. From the NHS, our care homes, essential retail and not forgetting those many volunteers who have been shopping for vulnerable people in the Ward and across town. Thank you.”

The latest publicity on the dangers of Covid and the need to adhere to the lock-down regulations appear to have reinforced residents’ resolve to protect the NHS and themselves, and Sovereign’s Covid cases have dropped. The core messages seem to be working as people remain at home.

Your Sovereign Spokesperson, Kathy Ballard, says, “Thank you to all residents who are following the rules and guidelines. Please keep it up.  If you, or anyone you know, needs help the Eastbourne Borough Council Community Hub helpline on 01323 679722 offers a wide range of advice and support.”

A recent tweet from the Sussex Police:
"We have had a small number of reports of attempted Covid vaccine scams in East Sussex, so we are urging people to be careful. Remember, the vaccine is free of charge. At no point will you be asked to pay."


Stand Up for Carers!

Your Sovereign Spokesperson, Kathy Ballard, has joined the Lib Dem call for the government to raise Carer’s Allowance by £1,000 a year. This would help support 2,288 unpaid family carers in Eastbourne during the coronavirus pandemic; an increase of £20 per week to match the recent increase in Universal Credit.

Sign the Stand Up For Carers Petition!

Just 1,529 of Eastbourne’s carers currently receive carer’s allowance and Kathy also wants the remaining 759 carers who currently don’t get it due to overlapping benefits to benefit too. Kathy said, "These are mostly older carers on low income whose challenges have been made even harder by coronavirus.

Our wonderful unpaid carers in Eastbourne are doing a remarkable and important job in very difficult circumstances; they deserve our support, but they are too often forgotten or ignored. Liberal Democrats will stand up for carers and lead the way to a more caring society.”


Kathy Champions the Cladding Issue for Sovereign Residents

As your Sovereign Spokesperson, I am already working for you on key Sovereign issues. The cladding issue is affecting many people in both North & South Harbour. In the absence of help from Caroline Ansell, Eastbourne's MP and Sovereign Councillor, a number of you contacted me.

I started lobbying immediately on your behalf as the financial costs some residents are facing are huge; the change of rules that have happened since you bought your apartments is totally unfair. You should not be held responsible. 

Mrs Ansell eventually got in touch with me following my letter to the Herald. I am pleased to hear she has now signed the McPartland Smith amendment to the Fire Safety Bill to support leaseholders, and that this week the Government has earmarked a further £3.5 billion to cover the cost of these works. However, although these are steps in the right direction, it is regrettable Mrs Ansell abstained on the recent relevant vote and the government are still requiring leaseholders in buildings less than 6 stories high (18m) to take out loans to pay for cladding changes; this means paying back £50 a month on these loans. This week’s announcement flies in the face of the Prime Minister’s recent assurance that leaseholders would not be paying out. Government must increase the proposed developer levy to cover these costs, not least because the offer also leaves unresolved the costs for other fire safety defects such as flammable balconies.

Actions speak louder than words! Would you expect your county councillor for Sovereign, Cllr David Elkin to speak out on your behalf? It would appear Mr Elkin has not said a word. Very disappointing.

The government needs to do more to help Sovereign residents trapped in this financial catastrophe. Sovereign residents deserve to be listened to and their issues taken seriously. Something I intend do on your behalf if elected at the county elections on 6th May. Alongside Eastbourne’s Liberal Democrat group, I will put service above party politics. I hope you will vote for me.


NHS Walk-in Centre Closes

The Walk-In service provided unique access to healthcare not replicated elsewhere in the town and was an important safety net for patients who couldn’t get an appointment at other GP surgeries. Our key industry is tourism, and the Walk-in centre provided a vital and accessible facility for sick visitors not needing to go to A&E. It was also an important service for Eastbourne’s most vulnerable, some of whom are unable to book a GP appointment in advance.

Recently Lib Dem councillors on Eastbourne Borough Council put forward a motion calling upon the Health Service Commissioners to halt the closure process. Your Conservative borough councillors’ response? Abstention.

At a Subsequent East Sussex County Council Health Overview & Scrutiny Committee, all Conservative Councillors voted for the health centre’s closure. Despite Lib Dems voting against the closure, they were outvoted by the Tories who hold the majority on this committee.

The Conservatives have now decided the fate of this vital town-wide service.

Kathy Ballard said,” I can’t believe that Conservative councillors voted to allow this much-needed medical centre to close. This move flies in the face of public opinion and shows how out of touch they are.”


Liberal Democrat Budget Proposals Put Sovereign Residents First

Liberal Democrat County Council budget proposals focus on the most vulnerable residents.  Conservatives talk about vulnerable people, but Liberal Democrats roll-up their sleeves to take action. 

Our 2021-22 budget proposals put money back into the kitty to support people who have suffered most during the pandemic. Unfortunately, the Conservative led Council voted-down our amendments.

We would have added £200,000 from the County’s Covid money to support children’s mental health assessments and services; many of them have been so badly affected by the lack of school attendance.

Lib dems proposed that additional social services money - £880,000 - should go towards providing training and respite services for carers; grant funds for front-line voluntary sector services; adult mental health support, and expansion of the successful Community Hubs.

Dr Kathy Ballard, Sovereign Spokesperson for the County elections, said, “It is bewildering that the Conservative County leadership propose a council tax precept increase of 3% split over two years for adult social care, set £880,000 aside in the budget, but don’t say how it will be spent! Would you run a county in this way?

Comparisons of council tax rises since 2007 show that Lib Dem-led Eastbourne Borough Council has raised council tax by 23% and the Conservatives in Tory-run County Hall by a whopping 42%. A substantial difference hitting your pocket. If elected on 6th May to be Sovereign County Councillor, I would be demanding to know how this can be and ensuring you get some accountability for your money.”


Kathy Volunteers at the Langney Larder

A ‘community fridge’ in neighbouring Langney is helping to fight food poverty, and Kathy showed-up to lend a volunteering hand.

All thanks must go to DB Domestics for donating a fridge freezer to store the cold food alongside the fresh fruit & veg, tins and packaged food.

The Langney Larder is open to all Eastbourne residents who are struggling in these tough times to make ends meet, and is open between 10am and 12 on Tuesday & Wednesday at the Langney Community Centre, Etchingham Road.

Kathy said, “Even without the added pressures of Covid, food poverty and food waste are real issues.  It is all good food, in date and is the surplus from supermarkets and food businesses.  For £2 a visit you can leave with a large shopping basket of food!”.

To follow the project’s progress and watch out for opening times you can follow Langney Community Centre on Facebook, and if you would like to support this project or set up a fridge in your own church, community centre or another public venue, please email Councillor Helen Burton at [email protected]

 

 


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