Summer 2018

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Beat the Street is back

Beat the Street is the fun, free game for the communities of East Sussex to see how far you can go in seven weeks.
Running from 6 June to 25 July, Beat the Street will see towns and villages in East Sussex turned into a massive game where players can earn points and prizes for themselves and their team by exploring their area on foot or by bicycle.

Players can pick up a Beat the Street card and map at their local library, leisure centre or selected pharmacies and start to play the game by swiping as many Beat Boxes as possible to earn points and win prizes. Or you can play as a team and be in with a chance of winning hundreds of pounds worth of sport and fitness vouchers.

Last year, more than 42,000 people from across East Sussex walked, ran and cycled an incredible 230,000 miles in seven weeks.
To take up the challenge visit

Libraries set to Reopen

Plans to reopen five recently closed libraries as community-run facilities have been given the go-ahead.
Libraries at Ore, Pevensey Bay, Polegate and Willingdon will open as community libraries after a decision was made by Cllr David Elkin, East Sussex County Council lead member for resources.
For more details visit

Where to cycle this summer

With summer well underway, we’ve tracked down some of the best cycle routes in East Sussex.
From Friston Forest to Cuckoo Trail, visit Your County for more information.

East Sussex Credit Union - Love our new Loyalty Loans 

We want to reward our savers, so we are launching our Loyalty Loans.
Loyalty 100 is a loan 100% secured against your savings with us and has our lowest interest rate of 5% APR (4.89% annual rate).
Loyalty 50 is 50% secured against your savings with us and has the low interest rate of 9% APR (8.65% annual rate).
Loyalty loans have a minimum value of £2000 and are available now. Find out more

 The East Sussex Joint Strategic Needs and Assets Assessment (JSNAA)

The JSNAA is available at The site contains both local and national resources for those who commission, provide or use health and social care services in East Sussex.

 On the site you will find:

  • data in the form of scorecards
  • area summaries
  • local comprehensive needs assessments 
  • profiles that compare our local data with national data 
  • overview reports and briefings that pull information from a wide range of sources into one document 
  • ... and much much more.
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Hastings Town Centre and Bohemia Area Action Plan (AAP) – consultation now under way

Hastings Borough Council is currently consulting on an Area Action Plan for the Hastings Town Centre and Bohemia area. The draft AAP sets out a planning strategy for regeneration, growth and change within the area and the Council is seeking views on the proposed document.

The consultation runs for 12 weeks from 2 July 2018 and closes at 4pm on 24 September 2018. The AAP and support documents are available online at: together with further information on how to comment.

Have your say at the East Sussex Have Your Say Hub

Please visit the East Sussex Have Your Say Hub for opportunities to give your views. You can search for consultations by keyword, postcode, interest etc. You can also see how previous feedback has influenced our decision making process and what has happened as an outcome.

  WHATS ON    

ESSP Assembly - Monday 9th July

The Annual Assembly of the East Sussex Strategic Partnership will take place on Monday 9th July 2018. This year's theme is 'Furthest First' and details can be found on the ESSP website. A report will be published later in the year.

Advanced Creative Writing  - Back by popular demand!

Thursdays 6th September to 27th September - 4 weeks
10:30 to 1pm
Sussex Downs College, Denton Island, Newhaven

The Advanced Writing Course is aimed at writers who are already writing regularly and who are committed to finishing projects they currently have underway. This could be short stories/memoir/novels for example. Participants will  have attended previous creative writing courses either with Sussex Downs College or elsewhere. We will cover techniques such as structure/pace/character/dialogue and editing. We will focus on developing a piece of writing to completion.

Take part in Battle’s Over – A Nation’s Tribute to end of the First World War

On 11 November 2018 a nationwide day of commemorative events will take place to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. The events will pay tribute to the millions killed or wounded in battle, and those that struggled on the home front during the war.

You can take part in events, which will take place throughout the day:
06.00 -  Sleep in peace, now the battle’s over - The sound of 1,000 bagpipes will fill the air before dawn has broken on 11th November 2018. In cities and towns throughout the land individual pipers will play Battle’s O’er - a traditional air played by pipers after a battle.

18.55 - The Last Post - In association with the Air Training Corps, Army Cadet Force, Sea Cadet Force and the Light Infantry Buglers Association, the Last Post will be played at many of the 1,000 WWI Beacon sites throughout the United Kingdom, involving young people and others paying their personal tribute to those that gave their lives during World War I.

19.00 - WWI Beacons of Light - Later that day, after darkness has fallen, more than 1,000 Beacons of Light will be lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories.

19.05 - Ringing out for peace! - As beacons blaze around the country, bells in 1,000 churches and cathedrals will ring out in celebration of the end of the First World War. To coincide with the ringing of the church bells, 100 Town Criers, one for each year since the end of WW1, will be undertaking, 'A Cry for Peace around the World', and in the United Kingdom, the 'Cry' will be led by a Chelsea Pensioner from The Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London, at 7.05pm that night.

Please join us. For more information, including access to a guide to taking part, please visit


East Sussex Strategic Partnership (ESSP) Meetings

The draft minutes for the East Sussex Strategic Partnership meeting held on 30 April 2018 are now available and can be found here:


Update on East Sussex in Figures – June 2018

East Sussex in Figures (ESiF) is the local information system (LIS) for the county.  It’s a website that provides access to essential data, information and analysis.


The population of East Sussex is projected to increase by nearly 41,000 to 590,000 between 2016 and 2031, according to the county’s own dwelling-led population projections. The rise will be mainly among the over 60 age group. 

A new briefing on Demographic Projections is available on ESiF.
The average dwelling cost around £270,000 in the county in December 2017, and median prices were 9.55 times average earnings.

In April 2018 there were 7,090 people claiming Universal Credit (UC) because they were searching for work and JSA, up 9.1% since March 2018.  There were 11,172 people claiming UC altogether. A briefing on Benefit Claimants is now available.
22,780 working age households claimed housing benefit in February 2018.

Latest datasets – highlights

•    Dwelling-led Population projections by age and gender – latest ESCC projections for 2016-2031
•    Household and workforce projections – dwelling-led projections for 2016-2031
•    House price index – 2017 data added
•    Median and lower quartile affordability ratios – updated for 2017
•    Social housing stock, rents, additional units and sales – all updated for 2017
•    Births, deaths and natural change by ward – 2016 data added
•    Infant mortality – updated for 2016
•    Road transport energy consumption – now with 2015 data
•    Apprenticeship starts and achievements – 2017 data added
•    Small area household income estimates – now with data for 2015/16
•    DLA and PIP claimants – PIP data now included, and updated for November 2017
•    DLA by ward – updated for November 2017
•    People on Universal Credit (UC)– April 2018 data added
•    Households on UC – updated with December 2018 data
•    Housing benefit claimants by family type and employment status – February 2018 data added
•    Claimant Count including JSA and Universal Credit – April 2018 data added to all tables

Please contact the Research and Information team if you have any specific data or information enquiries.

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