Groups join forces to benefit villagers

TWO community groups in Pevensey have merged in a bid to benefit villagers of all age groups.

Pevensey Community Action Group, which was behind many of the villages annual events, has merged with Pevensey Local Action Team (LAT) which was set up to provide facilities for young people in the village.

The new group is called Pevensey Area Community team and will be known as PACT. It will also produce a newsletter for villagers called Impact. PACT member Shirley Clark explained the new group would be taking on the events organised by the community action group, such as the annual Vehicles of Yesteryear, the Village in Bloom and the Christmas lights campaign, as well as coming up with new ideas and events.

Solar lighting and a Christmas event for the village are among the many ideas currently being discussed by PACT - and PACT would also build on the good work done by Pevensey LAT by providing more facilities at Pevensey Bay’s skate park.

“We have been in text contact with about five young people who want new jumps and new ramps,” said Mrs Clark.

“They are also telling us they would like a tarmac path through the field and a graffiti wall. We are also hoping to attach a basketball hoop to that wall.”

PACT is also one of only six community groups in Kent and Sussex to be working on the Community 21 scheme. The new scheme, run by Action in Rural Sussex and the University of Brighton, aims to mark all businesses, services and places of interest on a Google map.

It will also identify facilities people would like to see in the village and enable PACT to draw up an action plan.

Mrs Clark said, “We would really like young people and their parents on board so that we know what the young people in the village really want.”

To help out with PACT or offer ideas call Shirley on 769236 or email sscgypsy@hotmail.com.