Cabinet councillor says funding will make Eastbourne ‘even safer’

Eastbourne Borough Council has welcomed funding for the town to tackle anti-social behaviour, violent crime, and violence against women and girls. 

The council was part of a joint bid for the latest Safer Streets funding from the Home Office with the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner and other partners. 

A total of £1.5 million was awarded for Sussex, with initiatives in Eastbourne to include: 

  • Development of safe space and community development activities in the town centre 
  • Youth outreach work 
  • A Taxi Marshal scheme  
  • A Street Pastor scheme  
  • Safer Streets police patrols and additional CCTV support 

 

Councillor Rebecca Whippy, Cabinet Member for Disabilities and Community Safety, said: “Securing this funding will help make Eastbourne an even safer place to live and work in, as well as for our many visitors. 

“I’m pleased part of our focus will be on improving people’s safety in the town centre, particularly at night, alongside tackling violence against women and girls.

“With our partners, we will now be engaging with local people, businesses and communities to move these important projects ahead.” 

The £1.5m Safer Streets funding for Sussex allows for a Task Force Manager and Project Officer to work in communities to develop local solutions and ownership. This complements the existing work of Community Safety Partnerships, the Safer Sussex Business Partnership and other groups. 

The task team will also host a range of engagement events through the coming year to provide an opportunity for community feedback.