East Sussex First World War Commemorations Project End and Legacy

In November 2018, both the First World War Centenary and East Sussex WW1 commemorations project came to an end ( ).

Thanks to the significant input and support of members of the public and East Sussex organisations (including many members of the East Sussex Strategic Partnership), the project achieved its goal to provide a platform for East Sussex communities to record and highlight the impact of the First World War on the county and the experiences of those who lived here.

175 stories and 81 events were published on the website over the centenary, with 65% submitted by members of the public. The website also hosted hundreds of digitised war-time editions of local newspapers (, a suite of educational resources for teachers and students (, digitised recruitment and propaganda posters ( and Then and Now ( photos by local photographer Kieron Pelling. Between August 2014 and December 2018, these resources were viewed over 400,000 times by over 200,000 website users.

The project also organised four commemorative paving stone unveiling ceremonies in partnership with local councils in Lewes (, Seaford (, Eastbourne ( and Hastings ( Details and photos of the ceremonies are available on the website.

The website is in the process of being archived with ESCC, so that the stories, posters, teaching resources and newspapers collected throughout the centenary will continue to remain accessible to the public. Thank you to everyone that contributed to the East Sussex WW1 website and project, and helped make it such a success. 

Oh we do like to be beside the seaside

Charity reveals country’s best beaches with announcement of Blue Flag and Seaside Awards for 2019

This year environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy is presenting 208 awards to England’s very best beaches, including 71 international Blue Flags and 137 Seaside Awards, with 52 beaches achieving both awards. This includes awards to Hastings Borough Council’s beaches at the Marina in St Leonards and Pelham Beach in Hastings.

The Beaches at Marina and Pelham join the country’s very best beaches, from popular holiday spots to quiet, more hidden-away spots. What unites them all is knowing that they are clean, safe and meet the highest environmental standards, as well as the tough international bathing water quality standards. The sea and the seafront at Hastings are loved by locals and visitors. Keeping the beach clean and the bathing water of a high quality is a priority for the council.

Keep Britain Tidy’s Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton said:
 “The success of the 156 beaches in reaching the very high standards demanded by both awards is testament to all those who have worked so hard to protect and improve our beaches – from beach managers and volunteers to local people and businesses.

Live Arts at the Heart of Your Community 

Applause Rural Touring and the South Downs National Park Authority are delighted to announce an exciting new project to support a creative Writer in Residence. Playwright and community arts practitioner Sara Clifford will work closely with communities across the National Park in Spring 2019, gathering material on what it means to local residents to live in the South Downs, and exploring the rich cultural heritage of the region. She will shape her research into performances which will be staged in host pubs located in towns and villages as part of Applause Rural Touring’s Inn Crowd Scheme in September 2019.

For many rural communities, local pubs are the central hub. Inn Crowd supports pubs across Kent and Sussex to host exciting and inspiring spoken word, poetry and storytelling performances, helping to reinforce pubs as central to vibrant rural community life. Sara Clifford will lead this exciting residency by working with communities in seven host pubs across the South Downs National Park.
Through a series of open workshops, work with schools and community groups, and activities in the host pubs, Sara and her team will creatively engage with locals, gathering their feelings and responses to this special landscape, and their thoughts on any local and national issues which may affect them. She will explore how living in the South Downs impacts on residents in all aspects of life and encourage locals to reflect on their own relationship with the land. The final performance pieces in the host pubs will be accessible to all, showcasing live literature as an exciting artform and supporting landlords to offer new experiences to their regulars and attract new customers. The performances will also be published online to reach a wider audience.

This inspiring project will celebrate the South Downs National Park and give local residents a creative opportunity to get their voices heard on the local issues that matter to them, as well as recording their reflections on the unique landscape.
“As a Lewes based writer, I am very pleased to be working on this exciting project, which will seek to capture people’s stories, memories and responses to our wonderful National Park, one of the biggest in the country.
I will be spending time talking to a variety of people from different parts of the park, from the rural farmlands to the coastal areas to the busy towns, including those who live, work and visit here and hearing stories of past, present and future. I look forward to weaving these responses into a performance piece that will tour later in the year.” Sara Clifford, Writer in Residence

Anyone interested in getting involved in the project in any way (local residents, landlords, community groups, local clubs and schools etc) should contact Sara at
More information can be found at: 

Sussex Prisioners Families

Sussex Prisoners' Families reaches out to engage and support families affected by family imprisonment, in the criminal courts,  communities and prison in East Sussex. We are also running 'Hidden Sentence' and 'Working with families of sex offenders' training workshops in East Sussex in 2019.

For more information go to our website, view our newsletter (attached), or contact Denis Byrne on


Eastbourne taxi licensing consultation

Eastbourne Borough Council has launched a public consultation on new guidance for the licensing of taxi drivers in the town.

Anyone who wants to be a taxi driver in Eastbourne must apply to the council for a licence and pass certain tests.
The draft guidance introduces four broad objectives;
•    the safety and welfare of the public
•    to encourage environmental sustainability
•    ensuring efficient and effective taxi and private hire provision in Eastbourne, and
•    monitoring and improving standards of service in the town.

In response to requests from residents, the draft guidance also includes a particular emphasis on equality and accessibility.  It is proposed that all new Hackney Carriages (taxis) will only be licensed if they are wheelchair accessible.
Drivers will be required to attend training sessions on disability awareness and all applicants must pass the training before a licence can be issued.
Residents, private hire and Hackney Carriage drivers, operators and other stakeholders can provide feedback online by visiting the council website.

For more information and to respond to the consultation visit:
This consultation will run until Tuesday 18 June 2019 at 5pm.

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    

Listening to The Havens: what’s changed one year on?
Monday 8th July at Denton Island Community Centre from 10am – 12.30 pm (light refreshments available)

Over the past year Healthwatch East Sussex has been promoting and sharing the findings from our report ‘Listening to the Havens’ with health and care decision and policy makers to:
•       amplify any concerns shared
•       encourage services to involve people in decisions that affect them
•       improve local services; and
•       influence how services are planned and run in the future, based on what we heard during the Listening Tour.

One year on;  we want to take another look to find out if anything has changed. To help us and inform you about what has changed; we would like to invite you to join us at our event on
Monday 8th July at Denton Island Community Centre from 10am – 12.30 pm (light refreshments available)

The main focus of the event is to hear directly from key partners that have a responsibility for local services on how the findings from the report have been used and what has changed One year on.
Already confirmed to provide updates include:
•       Keith Hoare, Lead Manager, Community Care, Alliance South Directorate, Brighton and Hove & High Weald Lewes Havens Clinical Commissioning Groups
•       Martin Komen, Programme Manager – Children and Young People Mental Health and Well Being, NHS Hastings and Rother CCG, NHS Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford CCG, NHS High Weald Lewes Havens CCG
•       Local GP representative (Invited)
•       Brighton & Hove City Council, Housing Department (Invited)
This event is open to the public and Voluntary and Community Groups to attend as there will be opportunities to share Your Views and Perspectives about what has changed and what still needs to happen.
Register here to confirm your place:

East Sussex Annual Assembly July 10th 2019

Given the fast changing landscape of funding availability and wishing to support and encourage partners to secure inward investment into East Sussex. The Assembly will explore the new funding and investment landscape, new approaches to funding local initiatives and how we can position the County effectively.

For further information including a booking form and a full event programme please go to the ESSP website :


East Sussex Strategic Partnership (ESSP) Meetings

The next East Sussex Strategic Partnership meeting will be held on 15 January 2019, the agenda and papers from previous meetings can be found here:


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.

Results of the East Sussex Business survey 2018 are now available.  There are 7 theme papers: Employees; Markets and Business Advice; Finance; Transport; Energy; Business Accommodation; Skills.
In November 2018, there were 8,748 people claiming benefits in East Sussex because they were out of work and actively seeking work, according to a new ‘Alternative Claimant Count’ dataset, which includes everyone currently claiming who would be classed as ‘Searching for work’ under the new Universal Credit system, even if they are still claiming a legacy benefit, such as Housing Benefit.
In 2016, CO2 emissions in the county fell to 2,088 kt, from 2,193 kt the previous year, a fall of 5.6%.  However, emissions from Road Transport increased by 1.5%.
There were 16.4 million bus journeys in the county in 2017/18, but this is 23% lower than in 2012/13.
The percentage of adults in the county who walk for 10 minutes at least once a week for any purpose fell marginally last year, to 69%.  However cycling rates increased, with 10% of adults cycling at least once a week.
The median age in the LSOA Eastbourne 12B, in Meads ward, is 70.8 years, the highest in the country. A new table with median ages by LSOA has now been published on ESiF.

New datasets:

Median age by LSOA – new cube with data for 2002-2017
Alternative claimant count – a new dataset with data from 2013-2017
Bus Journeys – new table with data from DfT for 2009-2018

Updated datasets:

Employment by occupation, residence- and workplace-based – updated for September 2018
Unemployment estimates – updated for September 2018
Economic activity and inactivity – updated for September 2018
Sub-regional productivity – data added for 2017
Jobs density – now with 2017 data
Estimated traffic flows by vehicle type – data added for 2017
Gatwick airport and Newhaven port passenger and freight movements – 2017 data added
Walking and cycling – now with 2016/17 data
Carbon dioxide emissions by sector - updated for 2016
Road transport energy consumption – updated for 2016
Births and deaths – data now available in all cubes for 2017
People claiming Universal Credit – January 2019 data added
Households on Universal Credit – updated with November 2018 data
Claimant Count including JSA and Universal Credit – January 2019 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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