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

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