The NEW 2020 Eastbourne Guide for Disabled People is available!

We are pleased to announce our NEW 2020 Eastbourne Guide for Disabled People is now available. You can pick up a copy from the Tourist Information Centre in Cornfield Road, Town Hall display stand, Council Office and Eastbourne Library in Grove Road. We will be delivering the Guide to other venues over the coming weeks/months depending on what is open due to the Coronavirus. This is a great resource for disabled residents or visitors to our town plus their family, friends and carers. Don't forget you can find more information on our website particularly our information sheets on accessibl...
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CANCELLED -Our display stand in The Beacon with Shopmobility on Thursday, 26 March from 10 am

We have cancelled our awareness stand in The Beacon with Shopmobility on Thursday, 26 March due to the ongoing developments with the Coronavirus. If you would like a copy of the new 2020 Eastbourne Guide for Disabled People you can find them in Tourist Information Centre in Cornfield Road, Town Hall display stand, Council Office and Eastbourne Library in Grove Road. If you would like more information about the Access Group please look at our website pages, email us info@eastbourneaccessgroup.org.uk or give us a ring 0781 0317 185. Apologises for any inconvence caused. Thank you.
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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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