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What is the Eastbourne Access Group?

EAG-header-logoThe Eastbourne Access Group is a voluntary community group that was formally created in 1981, the Year of Disabled People. The group was formed to oversee the making of the Eastbourne section of a county-wide Access Guide.

Eastbourne is a fine Victorian town, built mostly on the level but with steps and stairs everywhere! Some barriers to access in the town are difficult to resolve and others physically impossible due to the construction of buildings and in others financial constraints can mean progress is slow. However, over the years more places are now becoming more accessible. Adjustments being made such as additional ramped front access, hearing loops, walk-in level access showers, accessible toilets, more Blue Badge parking spaces and dropped kerbs for easier use of mobility vehicles.

With the aid of the Eastbourne Access Guide for Disabled People and this website we aim to show you some of the accessible places to visit in the town. The group is actively promoting accessibility for all to the public and private sector alike.

The Access Group consists of a small number of members, each with a different disability or interest. Together with representatives from Eastbourne Council we seek to represent the people who live with the daily problems disability presents and help focus the public and private sector on efforts on making things easier.

We meet at St Saviour’s Church Hall, South Street, Eastbourne BN21 4UT every 4th Wednesday of the month, 9.45-11.45 am.

Eastbourne Borough Council uses the Access Group as an official source of advice about Access matters. On occasion our members are asked to sit on relevant Council working groups and to address meetings.

The Group is a member of RADAR, the Disability Network and 3VA. The group has representatives on the Eastbourne Disability Involvement Group (EDIG) and works closely with other groups and charities within the town.

The Group is always keen to welcome new volunteers and representatives from other organisations. If you would like to make a difference please get in touch. Take a look at our ‘Can you help us’ page The Access Group will be pleased to welcome you. Your opinion is valuable.

The Group produces the Eastbourne Access Guide for Disabled People which contains guidance on places, spaces and information around Eastbourne. It also contains wheelchair route maps and useful contacts. You can find the latest edition on ACCESS GUIDE 2017 web page.

If you would like any further information on the Eastbourne Access Group

please contact the chairman on

07810 317 185

email: info@eastbourneaccessgroup.org.uk

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