Save the BBC Red Teletext Button

A twitter message from National Federation of the Blind UK to Boris Johnson at No 10 to Stop the Switch Off of the BBC’s Red Button Teletext Service happening this Thursday, 30 January 2020. ‘Boris please help to save the BBC Red Teletext Button’. Backed by over 160 UK organisation. Also see the BBC news on this item: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-51263169 https://twitter.com/seaofchangefilm/status/1222077258107686912?s=21
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Latest Disability Today Article – Blue Badge Parking

Our on-street parking charges are rising again. The county council have certainly discovered a steady and endless source of income in the form of the hapless motorist. The income local authorities raise from motorists is set to exceed £1 billion in 2019/2020 and despite the Department for Communities and Local Government statement that councils should not “use parking as a cash cow” we are left wondering where the money raised in this way is being spent. When originally introduced we were assured that  'Parking charges are there to manage traffic, not raise revenue, with any money left o...
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Highlighting the hazard of the new grey cubes in the town centre

The Access Group has highlighted the hazard of the new grey cubes in the town centre making front page of the Herald and an interview on Sussex Radio. What do you think of them? ESCC say "The cubes, which were specifically requested by the town centre steering group and are removable, are concentrated in the centre of a short section of Terminus Road used by vehicles." "Their positioning leaves clear areas either side of the road for pedestrians." "As with every element of the scheme, we will be monitoring the situation. When work on the improvment scheme is complete, we will be carryi...
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We are looking for a new Chairperson for the group

Eastbourne Access Group is seeking to recruit a new chair of the group which was founded in 1981. The Access Group is a voluntary group actively working with local statutory, voluntary and business organisations to challenge the barriers accessing services and the local environment faced by disabled people living with any impairment, as well as their carers and families.To find out more, have a discussion about the role and job description please email info@eastbourneaccessgroup.org.uk or text/phone 07810 317 185. Closing date 1 May 2020.
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We support petition delivered to Downing Street on Shared Spaces

This is the petition supported by the Eastbourne Access Group that was delivered to Downing Street on Monday. Boris Please Get Shared Space Gone’ and ‘Get Accessibility For All Done’ That’s the plea from blind and visually impaired campaigners who are handing into Number 10, the first three petitions of the new year and of the new decade to Boris Johnson and the New Government. The message is very clear from Andrew Hodgson, the President of the National Federation of the Blind of the UK (NFBUK) who has spent the past decade raising concerns on shared space schemes which have affe...
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Sussex Radio on Shared Spaces

Our Deputy Chair, Ray spoke to Sussex Radio about the difficulties disabled people experience in Shared Spaces like Terminus Road and was in the party presenting petition to Downing Street. Your can hear the interview on our Facebook page. See our next post for the details of the petition. What are experiences on the new Terminus Road layout?
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Thank you to our volunteers and supporters – it’s been a busy year

We have had a busy year with two big events - Disabled Access Day in March and Purple Tuesday in November. Thank you to all our volunteers and supporting charities and groups who have helped us, so much appreciated. Special thank you to Eastbourne Shopmobility for the opportunity to join them in The Beacon with our stand over the year. We look forward to the coming year with our own Disabled Access Day on 6th June and our campaigning will continue making sure the disabled community have a voice. Wishing you all warm greetings for the festive season. We are taking a break now and...
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The latest Disability Today article – 20 year town survey: let’s all get involved

Eastbourne’s up for renewal! Have you seen the plans for our town over the next 20 years? From now until Friday 10th January 2020 Eastbourne council is inviting every resident to have their say by means of a consultation either in writing by post or on line. All consultation responses should be received by 5pm on Friday 10th January 2020 so don’t delay, have your say about how you want your town to prepare for the future. The title of the survey, ‘Eastbourne’s Direction of Travel: Issues and Options for the Eastbourne Local Plan’ is enough to put anyone off but the importance of the consul...
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Latest Disability Today article in The Herald – Let’s all think and spread some festive cheer

Tuesday 12 November was Purple Tuesday, an international call to action, focused on improving the customer experience for disabled people. Across the UK, the Purple Pound – the consumer spending power of disabled people and their families – is worth £249 billion and is rising by an average of 14% per annum. Worldwide, the Purple Pound equates to a staggering £2.25 trillion, yet less than 10% of businesses have a targeted plan to access this disability market. Tuesday 12th was the second time Eastbourne has seen Purple Tuesday celebrated. Did you go along to The Beacon and take part in our ...
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