Plenty of ideas for Town Team to take on board

Town team display outside Debenhams, Terminus Rd, Eastbourne.'Penny Shearer and Ashey Pugh.
Town team display outside Debenhams, Terminus Rd, Eastbourne.'Penny Shearer and Ashey Pugh.

EASTBOURNE’S Town Team were out in the shopping precinct meeting residents and taking their ideas at the weekend.

The team, made up of business people and members of traders associations in Eastbourne, have been looking for ways to help improve the town centre.

The Town Team got together to put forward the Portas Pilot Bid.

However, they missed out on the £100,000 prize and advice from retail expert Mary Portas in the first round.

Eastbourne Town Team was awarded £100,000 by Eastbourne Borough Council following its failed bid and has now submitted another application for the second round of the Portas Pilot.

Team members were outside TJ Hughes on Friday and outside Debenhams on Saturday.

They set up their stand under a gazebo and talked to local residents about what they would like to see for Eastbourne.

Lucy Newport, the team leader, said, “It was very successful.

“We wondered if we would be twiddling our thumbs but actually it was quite busy.

“We had people come down to give us their ideas and other who were walking passed and wanted to know what was going on.”

People visiting the Town Team’s stand were encouraged to write their ideas on post-it notes and stick them on the Town Team banner.

Lucy said, “I am now collating the post-it notes and we will go public with five to ten of the ideas soon.”

Lucy said one of the most popular ideas was to create an outdoor community space, similar to a cafe culture style piazza, in the town centre.

Following the success of the event, Eastbourne Town Team is hoping to repeat the process in the future because members feel it is a useful way of contacting the town’s people.

Lucy said, “If people didn’t managed to get down to town on Friday or Saturday there are other ways they can get in touch. They can follow us on Twitter, get in touch via Facebook or go to our website.

“So if there is anyone out there with a new idea then get in touch.”

People can contact the Town Team by visiting, or on the website which can be found at