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Councillors give thumbs up to community schemes

Ward councillors have given community schemes a helping hand, thanks to money set aside in the council’s devolved budget.

In Meads, councillors Jane Lamb, Barry Taylor and Robert Smart agreed to release £250 to the Just Friends Christmas lunch to help reduce isolation for people living alone. They also gave £150 to pay for additional Christmas lights in Meads Street.

Langney councillors Alan Shuttleworth, Candy Vaughan and Md. Harun Miah granted £500 so that Shinewater Primary School children would have the opportunity to visit the theatre to watch The Lost Toys Big Christmas Adventure. The councillors also released £440 for the school’s outdoor learning project, which teaches the children about ecological issues.

In Hampden Park, councillors Dean Sabri, Jim Murray and Colin Swansborough granted £1,800 to support a new shed project in Brassey Parade run by Age Concern. It will provide a place for older people to get together, share skills and companionship.

Councillors Pat Rodohan, Sammy Choudhury and Robin Maxted, who represent Upperton ward, agreed to give £100 towards the Upperton Neighbourhood Panel’s meeting room hire. The panel meets four times a year at Community Wise.

Memory Lane Eastbourne also requested £200 from Upperton councillors to purchase new office equipment, as the group has been granted extra funds to pay for a part time worker. Memory Lane supports people with dementia and their carers. The councillors also said yes to a £500 boost for the Holding Space group, which provides a safe space for families caring for a child with mental illness.

Finally, in Old Town, councillors Peter Diplock, Amanda Morris and Jonathan Dow donated £250 to Bear Workshops, a course for dads-to-be to help them prepare for the birth of their baby and fatherhood. Noah’s Ark playgroup, based in St Mary’s Church, Old Town, also received £250 to update the old play equipment, and Pashley Down Infant School scooped £500 to help fund new equipment for their outdoor woodland classroom.

To apply for devolved budget funding, contact your ward councillor.

Published on December 20, 2019