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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Parking on Pavements – what are your thoughts?

This is a copy of the email sent out to local disability groups - what are your thoughts? Chair, Ian doesn't want it to fail at this early stage any ideas how this can be taken forward? Please let us know. Dear friends and colleagues At the Council meeting on Wednesday 9th May, a proposal to ban parking on pavements was amended in such a way that the result was a decision to wait for central government to amend the Road Traffic Act. This could take a considerable time, the best estimate being 18 months at least but I am not that optimistic. We need action before then to make our pavem...
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NEW Changing Place on Middle Prom by Bandstand is open!

We are delighted to report the new changing place toilet facility on Eastbourne Seafront is open. Located on the Middle Prom by the bandstand. This is going to make a difference to so many people residents and visitors alike. See the link below how you can apply for a key and the requirements they need. What is a changing places toilet? Changing places toilet is somewhere private and clean with the correct equipment for disabled adults and children to use when out and about. How do they differ from a disabled toilet? Unlike standard disabled toilets, the Changing P...
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Latest Disability Today Article – Changing Places and Toilets

We are delighted to have the new Changing Place on Eastbourne Seafront just seemed appropriate to write about this and The Eastbourne Community Toilet Scheme for Disability Today. Toilets are a subject often people do not want to talk about but we all need them! If you know a local business that would be happy for non-paying customers to use their toilet facilities please let us know. The Eastbourne Community Toilet Scheme which was started by Inclusive Eastbourne (previously known as Eastbourne Deisgned for All) is not just for wheelchair accessible toilets but general toilets for Ladies/G...
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New Changing Places on Eastbourne Seafront

We are delighted to hear from Eastbourne Council they are putting in a new Changing Places toilet facility on the middle prom by the Bandstand. They are hoping it will be completed for the Airbourne event in mid August. Changing Places differ from other accessible toilets in that they provide - space for a disabled person and one or two carers, an adult size height adjustable changing bench and a hoist facility. It will be similar design to the one in The Arndale Centre. Having two Changing Places in the town will make a real difference to severe disabled people of all ages. They will be...
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It’s volunteers week! A new project needs your help

The Eastbourne Access Group are working with Eastbourne DIG group and Possability People to do a dropped kerb survey in Eastbourne. Do the local dropped kerbs in your area give you a clear view of oncoming traffic to the right when crossing the road? Are the tactile paving slabs of the dropped kerbs in good order? Please get in touch with Katharine if you can help or want to know more 01424 234460,  07764615020 Katharine@possabilitypeople.org.uk
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2017 Eastbourne Guide for Disabled People is available

We are pleased to announce the publication of the new 2017 Eastbourne Guide for Disabled People is now available at the Tourist Information Centre from today, 13th April. We have included more information this year and the main wheelchair route maps around the town have been updated to include new dropped kerbs. We really appreciate the support from Eastbourne Borough Council Community Fund and Sovereign Harbour Rotary Club for their Tree of Light donation which has made the new edition of this publication possible. Photograph of Jack Brownell, TIC Manager receiving the Guide from...
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Our latest blog on Best of Eastbourne

Read our latest blog - Service for All https://www.thebestof.co.uk/local/eastbourne/community-hub/blog Many people with disabilities find accessing services particularly retail challenging, difficult or virtually impossible. Businesses could be missing out on a sizeable number of customers with money to spend. If you can't easily get into commercial premises, find your way around once inside or be able to communicate with the service provider's representative, why would you bother to try. These are just three scenarios that confront disabled people every day so no wonder they give ...
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