A number of community initiatives have received grants from their local councillors’ Devolved Budget.
In Old Town, councillors Janet Coles, Jonathan Dow and John Ungar agreed to contribute £500 towards improvements to Motcombe Gardens Bowls Club. The weather has caused the bowling greens to deteriorate and they require specialist treatment to improve the condition.
The councillors also agreed to fund the planting of two trees in East Dean Road where the stumps have been removed.
Councillors Robert Smart, Kathy Ballard and Barry Taylor, who represent the Meads area, helped with the purchase of equipment, signage and literature for The Wayfinder Trust when it recently re-located to new premises in The Labyrinth, Mark Lane.
The Trust is a volunteer led, female focused charity set up to support women at work. It provides free or low cost advice, support and training. It relies on grants and received £1,274 from the councillors.
In the Devonshire Ward, councillors Stephen Holt, Steve Wallis and Margaret Bannister gave £500 to the Boho Winter Light Festival. Organisers held a series of workshops for schools and the community culminating in a light procession through Eastbourne town centre. The festival promotes the Devonshire West area and is an event run by the community, for the community.
Eastbourne Junior Parkrun is also set to benefit from a £500 grant to encourage young people to take part in this regular group exercise. Hampden Park councillors Pat Hearn, Colin Swansborough and Jim Murray agreed to the funding as it will help towards a healthier community.
Finally, in Upperton Ward, councillors Sammy Choudhury and Pat Rodohan agreed to give £1,400 to pay for replacement chairs at the Community Wise centre in Ocklynge Road.
Published on December 1, 2017