Eastbourne Borough Council has been recognised at a national level by achieving Beacon status under the Government’s Beacon Authority Scheme.
Eastbourne won the award in April 2006 under the Beacon round seven theme Culture and Sport for Hard to Reach Groups.
The Beacon Scheme identifies excellence and innovation in local government.
Only eight authorities in the country were granted Beacon Status for Culture and Sport for Hard to reach groups.
Eastbourne was awarded Beacon Status on the strength of its visual arts outreach programme Towner on the Town as well as for its Disability Sport programmes.
By working in partnership Towner on the Town has successfully demonstrated how cultural activity can make a real difference to the lives of young offenders.