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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Drusillas zoo park is building a Changing Places toilet facility

It is great news to hear Drusillas zoo park near Alfriston are building a Changing Places Toilet facility. This will mean more families, young people and adults can visit the park and not have to worry there are no toilet facilities for their needs. Changing Places toilet facilities provide extra space for carers, hoist and full size bench. You can see more information on Changing Places website Locally Knockhatch near Hailsham also has a Changing Places toilet and with one on Eastbourne Seafront by the Bandstand and in The Beacon shopping centre this is making a great difference to dis...
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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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