Changing Places Awareness Day

It is great Eastbourne already has two Changing Places toilet facilities in the town. One on the Seafront by the Bandstand and the other in The Beacon shopping centre. The Council are also putting one in the newly refurbished Congress Theatre this year. Where else would you like to see one? Embrace, East Sussex Centre have a Space to Change (with a mobile bed and hoist) adjoining their accessible toilet. They are happy for people to use this facility as part of Eastbourne Community Toilet Scheme. https://eastbournecommunitytoilets.accessibleeastbourne.net/ Changing Places by Eastbourne ...
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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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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 The draft guidance includes a particular emphasis on equality and accessibility and it is proposed that all new Hackney Carriages (taxis) will only be licensed if they are wh...
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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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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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Could you be more Disability confident?

Following on from our event in The Arndale Centre for Purple Tuesday ... Could you be more Disability confident? There are more than 12 million disabled people in the UK who have a combined spending power of £249 billion. This is often referred to as the ‘purple pound’. There are over 7m working-age people in the UK who have a disability or health condition, representing a vast and varied pool of talent that retailers could tap into.   British Independent Retailers Association (BIRA) promote the ‘Disability Confidence’ scheme that can benefit any retail business.  The retail s...
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Message for local businesses … on Purple Tuesday

A message for local Eastbourne businesses on Purple Tuesday Would you consider joining Eastbourne’s Community Toilet Scheme? Are you aware that thousands of Eastbourne residents might cancel a planned trip out to the shops due to worries about not finding a toilet available when they need it? Do you realise that a suitable available toilet enhances the image of your business and may enhance sales? We are campaigning to invite more businesses to allow the public to use their customer toilets, even if at that time they are not customers. Inclusive Eastbourne are working in partne...
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We made it onto BBC South East Today …

Eastbourne Access Group and Embrace with Stephen Lloyd MP are on BBC South East Today local news today ... campaigning for better dropped kerb design at hotspots like Prince William Parade where the vision to the right is blocked by parked cars, vans and lorries and you can't see oncoming traffic. Making this dangerous particularly for wheelchair users, visually impaired and parents with children in prams and buggies as they have to go into the road past the parked vehicles to see if safe to cross.
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Chair, Ian meets Stephen Lloyd MP – see video clip

Our Chair, Ian recently met up with Stephen Lloyd MP to promote our 2018 edition of Eastbourne Guide for Disabled People and to share various issues and concerns the group are currently involved with to help disabled people in our community. Changing Places toilet facility in the Arndale Centre which will not be available when the shopping mall closes in the evening leaving cinema / restaurant users limited toilet facilities. The Group have written to Cineworld and Bill Plumridge, Manager of the Arndale with our concerns. Apparently it will be up to the Cineworld and the restauranteurs what...
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