AGM 2019  A date for your diary

The annual general meeting for 2019 has been booked for Thursday 13th June. We are returning to Seaford Baptist Church in Belgrave Road and the time is 2.30pm to 4.30pm. We have booked 3 interesting speakers this year, one each from CTLA (Community Transport for the Lewes area), Sussex Wildlife Trust and St Wilfrid’s Hospice. 

Please join us for refreshments after the talks

Older Peoples Day

Don’t forget to check your Older People’s Day booklet when it arrives in        August.  It has been decided that we will once again have a film show at Seaford Community Cinema as every one who attended last year said how much it was enjoyed.  As we did last year the first 50 seats will be free and thereafter the cost will be £5 payable on entrance. 


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Talland Parade

It would appear that with Talland Parade, we have an owner who knows exactly how far he can push the legal envelope and does just enough to stop legal action being taken against him.We all understand just how frustrating it is both for us as residents and for the businesses who are continuing to try to operate in this eyesore in the town centre, but councils have to abide by the law and as the Enforcement Officer has explained, there are currently no legal grounds to take action.

The Health Hub

The lease for Old School Surgery is with private providers and runs out in 2021. That for     Seaford Medical Practicewith the NHS Property Services. Many allied professionals in    community teams, plus those working for the mental health trust and link workers from East Sussex County Council have very limited accommodation in these buildings and  also feel that the accommodation is affecting the quality and scope of the service they provide. Itbeen obvious for some time that health services in Seaford are at breaking point and new accommodation is urgently required. It is the role and responsibility of the Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford Clinical Commissioning Group to provide or commission health services in Seaford. They remain in financial special measures and have a limited course of action at present.

The current plan, approved by the Conservative Cabinet, has approved funding for the Downs Leisure Centre Health Hub which involves more than £1 million from council funds and a £17 million loan from the Public Works Loan Board.As central government funding for councils reduces, so councils have to look to more commercial sources for sustainable and reliable income.

There are no plans for a Minor Injures Unit, X-rays or Urgent Care centre, there could be  parking space for a mobile MRI scanner unit and space to house a community Diabetes team. There is no funding for extra health professionals, but the CCG would pay extra money to GPs surgeries if their patient numbers increased (capitation fees). The counter argument is that by improving the work environment, staff morale, retention and recruitment would be enhanced.

It is argued that promoting health, lifestyle and wellbeing need the GP facilities to be  co-located with the Downs Leisure Centre.  Where those classes take place is less relevant than the support given by the CCG to such initiatives. Those that I have found myself include award winning community centres or rooms for private rental by therapists such as the Integrated Centre at Herstmonceux: none involve gyms.

Many people we have spoken to have concerns aboutloss of the green space football pitch at the Downs and the loss of the much loved over sixties Club. We share those concerns, especially since the green spaces at the Newlands development may not be available for 4-5 years (my question to the Town Clerk in a recent Town Council meeting).

Excerpts from latest newsletter from Councillor Carolyn Lambert : read the full report at cllr.carolyn.lambert@eastsussex.gov.uk  Your forum is non-political but this information we feel is important for all residents  Lin Neeve    Secretary