Ward Councillors have approved a total of more than £25,000 to improve local amenities through Devolved Budget funding.
In Upperton Ward, the Friends of Manor Gardens applied for £950 for new plants to improve the rock gardens. Councillors Margaret Robinson, Pat Rodohan and Sammy Choudhury also approved £245 towards a new bin for rubbish and dog mess to help keep the Gorringe Road and Selwyn Road areas clean, and paid for the cutting back of nuisance brambles at a cost of £1,050.
Old Town Councillors Janet Coles, Johh Ungar and Jonathan Dow funded the planting of 20 trees in various roads including Lawns Avenue, Victoria Drive and Summerdown Road, costing a total of £5,000. The trio also paid for a flagpole for the Green Flag in the recreation ground in Longland Road costing £1,925.
In the Devonshire Ward, Councillors Margaret Bannister, Steve Holt and Steve Wallis gave £350 to the Salvation Army’s Rebourne Centre, which offers helps for anyone in need. This paid for a new tumble dryer and taps.
Ratton Councillors granted £570 towards the new Eastbourne Balloon Festival in the summer. Councillors Colin Belsey, Tony Freebody and Colin Murdoch also made a £1,000 contribution towards new goal posts at Eastbourne Rugby Club.
In Sovereign Ward, £1,000 was given to help buy garden waste bins for the King’s Park Estate and £300 went towards a new laser printer for Sovereign Harbour Residents’ Association. The Memory Lane Allotment Group also benefited from a £500 donation towards a shed, thanks to Councillors Paul Metcalfe, Penny Di Cara and Gordon Jenkins.
Langney Councillors Alan Shuttleworth, Troy Tester and Harun Miah supported Shinewater Hub Youth Club in Milfoil Drive with £485 to finance new play equipment. They also granted £6,646 to help with a traffic calming scheme in Sevenoaks Road.
St Anthony’s Ward Councillors also gave more than £1,330 to the same scheme, as well as a further £3,000 to assist with the launch of an advocacy service to help families who can’t afford traditional legal representation. Councillors David Tutt, Gill Mattock and Dean Sabri also paid for new signage in Shelley Walk costing £250, and agreed to help the Bridgemere Centre with up to £1,500 as the charity which runs it is trying to purchase the centre from the Environment Agency.