Eastbourne and Lewes Walking Festival

https://eastbourneandleweswalkfest.org The organisers are keen to publicise this walk particular to disabled people who would like to go on The Downs. The 9th Green, A Micro Adventure          Start at the Eastbourne Downs Golf Club, BN20 8ES  Date & Time: Tuesday 24th September, 11.00 AM – 12.30 PM Event partners: South Downs National Park Authority, Eastbourne Downs Golf Club, Eastbourne Borough Council. Micro adventurer Antonia Lucas and South Downs National Park Ranger Tim Squire will reveal there’s a lot more tha...
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Disability Today article – An enjoyable bus ride

The latest Disability Today article that was in Eastbourne Herald last Friday is now on the website. Take a look at Ian's story as he write about his first trip on a bus in his powerchair wheelchair. Did you know Stagecoach accept Class 2 mobility scooters and powerchair wheelchairs on their buses but the owners are required to show they can safely manoeuvre onto a bus, a permit card is given to show drivers. Ring Stagecoach Disability Helpline 01227 812409 for details.
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Parking on Pavements!

Today on the local South East Today news they are featuring parking on pavements as Huw Merriman MP visits Bexhill on Sea with his colleagues from the Transport Select Committee to see the problem facing disabled people with wheelchairs, scooters, mobility aids and parents pushing children's buggies and with young children as they have to face the barriers of getting onto the road (finding a dropped kerb) and then facing walking in the road with the traffic as they cannot get by cars and other vehicles parked on pavements. What is your experience here in Eastbourne? https://www.parliame...
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Royal Garden Party invite for Chair, Ian

Ian Westgate, Chair of the Access Group was invited to a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace for his voluntary work in the local community. He has been Chair of the Access Group for over 13 years. He is also a member of the Eastbourne Disability Involvement Group. Previously Ian has been a member of the local MS committee for 15 years. He also started the MS exercise group at DGH gym over 15 years ago with a MS Millenium Grant. The group is still running today thanks to the support and help from Debbie Soave, Senior neuro physiotherapist.
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Eastbourne Taxi Licensing Consultation

Do you use taxis or do you find them unsuitable for your needs because you use a wheelchair? Would you like to see rear loading taxi especially for those who use power wheelchairs and have to stay in their wheelchair? After a prolonged campaign and in response to requests from residents, Eastbourne Borough Council has launched a public consultation on new guidance for the licensing of taxi drivers in the town. The draft guidance includes a particular emphasis on equality and accessibility and it is proposed that all new Hackney Carriages (taxis) will only be licensed if they are wh...
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Hearing Loop in Congress Theatre

There has been some adverse publicity about the hearing loop in The Congress Theatre not working. We have spoken to The Manager at Eastbourne Theatres he advised they have had a few technical problems but he can reassure theatre goers there is a Loop System and Infrared simular to Devonshire Park Theatre. Headphones and neck loops are available from the Duty Manager.
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Eastbourne taxi licensing consultation

Eastbourne Access Group want to ensure disabled people have their say about Eastbourne Taxi licensing consultation and encourages them to fill in this consultation as a current taxi user or a future user if more taxis were accessible and available when needed not just between school runs... Eastbourne Borough Council has launched a public consultation on new guidance for the licensing of taxi drivers in the town. Anyone who wants to be a taxi driver in Eastbourne must apply to the council for a licence and pass certain tests. The draft guidance introduces four broad objectives; th...
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Wish Tower Public Toilets are currently closed

Please be aware the public toilets at the Wish Tower by Western Lawns are currently closed. The nearest public toilets are at the Bandstand. The View Hotel is part of Eastbourne Community Toilet Scheme and welcomes public to use their toilets without making a purchase. We have a public toilet leaflet you may find useful. https://eastbourneaccessgroup.accessibleeastbourne.net/?page_id=312
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Eastbourne Disabled Access Day Event a great success!

We had a great time at our event despite the windy damp weather with lots of people coming to see us. Thank you to everyone for their support who provided a display and the working group for organising the event. We were delighted  that both the Eastbourne Mayor and Stephen Lloyd MP were able to visit our event. Many thanks to The Beacon for hosting us and for the help Vee Cooke gave.
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Disability Today’s Article – Community Loo Campaign

This month's article has been writtem by Gaynor Sadlo of Inclusive Eastbourne. ** YOU CAN ALSO MEET GAYNOR AT THE DISABLED ACCESS DAY EVENT TOMORROW, SATURDAY 16TH MARCH IN THE BEACON OU WILL FIND HER NEAR SAINSBURY'S ENTRANCE IN THE 'LOCAL SUPPORT' ZONE ** Community Loo Campaign Have you ever been ‘caught short’ needing a toilet when out and about?  This is a common experience for everyone at times but it’s a fact that concern about finding a suitable loo may put some of us off going out at all.  Eastbourne has about 73 public toilets serving more than 100,000 people - that’s about 1...
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