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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Purple Tuesday Shopper’s and Accessible Toilets Surveys – We want to hear from you!

Please complete our 2 PDF surveys on our Home page and tell us about your experiences shopping in The Beacon and in Eastbourne and what are your experiences using accessible toilets in Eastbourne. Surveys can be emailed to admin@eastbourneaccessgroup.org.uk OR posted to c/o 19 Cleveland Close, Eastbourne BN23 8ES by 6 January 2020. THANK YOU.
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Eastbourne Council defers decision on wheelchair accessible taxis

Taxi accessibility rule deferred by Council Eastbourne Herald, 4 October 2019 Eastbourne Councillors have deferred a decision on whether to introduce new rules requiring taxis to be wheelchair accessible. On September 30. Eastbourne Borough Council’s Licensing Committee considered proposals to introduce new rules for the town’s hackney carriages (taxis) and private hire vehicles (mini cabs). Councillors were asked whether it should be mandatory for hackney carriages to be wheelchair accessible in order to gain a licence from the council but they deferred the decision because they...
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Eastbourne taxi licensing consultation report

Taken from Eastbourne Council website - Key findings There was a high level of agreement for all four broad objectives of the guidance with over 90% of respondents agreeing or strongly agreeing with the proposals.70% of all respondents agreed that an ‘intended use’ policy is needed.60% of respondents agreed that newly licensed vehicles should be no older than five years. 32% of respondents disagreed with this proposal.56% of respondents agreed that 6 monthly VST (Vehicle Suitability Tests) tests should be undertaken. 39% of respondents disagreed with this proposal.36% of responden...
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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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