Changing Places Awareness Day, 19 July 2020

We are pleased to have two Changing Places in Eastbourne, one on the Seafront by The Bandstand and the other in The Beacon shopping centre. The Access Group have been campaigning for years to get more installed and currently asking the council to install one in The Congress Theatre or Welcome Building and asking the Manager at Langney Shopping Centre to improve access all their toilets facilities with the new centre extention this is an excellent opportunity to install a changing places facility. The Access Group is really pleased to hear the government announcement today on Changing Place...
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2020 Eastbourne Guide for Disabled People hard copies available at Seafront Office

We are pleased to tell you the Tourist Information Seafront Office by the Bandstand, 6 Lower Parade, Grand Parade, BN21 3AD has a stock of our new 2020 Eastbourne Guide for Disabled People so if you would like a hard copy you can pick one up from there. Alternatively Proctors Health Care shop 8-9 Station Parade, BN21 1BE also have a stock. They have our toilet leaflet if you want to know where the public toilets are within the town. You can also purchase a RADAR key for the accessible toilets. The TIC Seafront office can give you access details of the Changing Places toilet facility that is ...
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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 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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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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Eastbourne Local Plan 2018 to 2038 – Have your say …

The first consultation runs until 10 January 2020. Here is the link via the Council website https://www.lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk/planning-policy/new-eastbourne-local-plan-2018-2038/ The main document is over 130 pages. To help you there is one main part about Access and Movement (Page 87) They are saying the younger people are leaving the town and more older people moving in. By 2038 there will be 24% of population will be disabled (now approx 20%). The Council and ESCC should consult and listen to the needs of the disabled. Points to think about: Need for accessible housin...
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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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Concerns for blind people using new Eastbourne town centre layout

https://www.eastbourneherald.co.uk/news/people/concerns-for-blind-people-using-new-eastbourne-town-centre-layout-1-9161285 Our article sent to the Herald: Concerns have been raised for blind and visually impaired people in Eastbourne town centre. Eastbourne Access Group says one busy crossing at the traffic lights between the station and Beacon shopping centre could be difficult for people to use. This is down to the mid point not having what’s known as tactile, or bumpy, paving to let people know it is a safe place to stop. A spokesperson for Eastbourne Access Group said...
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