Our response to the ESCC Local Cycling and Walking Consultation which ends 11th December 2020

Eastbourne Access Group consultation response to East Sussex Local Cycling & Walking Infrastructure Plan Public Consultation 2020. We need your help please send your own individual response by 11 December 2020. Thank you ESCC LCWIP 1 December 2020 We welcome the key overall strategic aim to be ‘inclusive and support people with physical and hidden disabilities’. It is imperative that full consideration is given to LTN 1/20 which the documents reference: higher quality cycling provision, as well as kerb or barrier and effective cycle lane segregation from pedestrians. The LTN ...
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Business Disability Awareness – Accessibility quick wins

This is the latest Business Disability Awareness newsletter from Eastbourne Council. As more businesses reopen from 2 December, it is important to provide good service to all customers in the run up to Christmas, a key trading period. Sometimes a small change can have a big impact. There are many simple things your business can do to improve the accessibility of your services and premises for disabled people. In this video Ian Streets, Access Consultant at About Access Ltd, delivers a presentation about the practical steps you can take. Many of his hints and tips won't cost...
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Press release sent to local paper

PRESS RELEASE EASTBOURNE ACCESS GROUP 23 SEPTEMBER 2020 Eastbourne Access Group is a community group whose members come from all walks of life.  The group is made of up of disabled people, carers and anyone with an interest and passion about ensuring good access to our local area. The group provides information to local people and visitors about Eastbourne businesses and services, as well as campaigning to remove barriers and help to create a town that is fully inclusive.  The group volunteers also produce the Eastbourne Access Guide for Disabled People which is available on line and...
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Frustrated by lack of disabled inclusive design in Eastbourne

Well done to Ray, our deputy chair who has written a letter to the local paper, Eastbourne Herald which was published in today's edition, Friday 4th September 2020. Frustrated by lack of disabled inclusive design in Eastbourne Eastbourne Access Group is increasingly frustrated at the lack of inclusive design by East Sussex County Council when it builds new public realm schemes. The latest scheme is the seafront cycle route. Once again we see more disabled parking bays lost (five in total), in addition to a loss of three bus stops and nowhere for taxis to park and drop off old...
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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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