THE GILBERT & SULLIVAN SOCIETY: will be running a series of free Singing for Pleasure workshops on Monday evenings at Christ Church, 7.30pm-8.45pm, starting on September 21. If you have ever wanted to be a singer, but not known where to start, then this friendly group could be for you.
LUCINDA HAWKSLEY: the great great great granddaughter of Charles Dickens will be speaking about her famous ancestor to the Ladies’ Lunch Club at the Langham Hotel on Tuesday September 22. 12 noon for a 12.30pm start. For all enquiries about the Lunch Club and future speakers call 731451 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Speakers for the remainder of 2015 will include architect Richard Crook on the history of Eastbourne pier; ventriloquist Steve Hewlett; former events manager Christopher Hare; Pam Goodall who spent over a year cycling across Europe, Asia and America at the age of 60, and entertainers Will Fly and Alan Day with “Happy Christmas…100 Years ago!”
FILM FORUM: will gather at 7pm in the Brodie Hall of Christ Church to view a full length feature film, followed by a general discussion. Due to licensing restrictions the title of the film is not allowed to be advertised, but information can be found at www.ccwithsp.org The theme will be Mammoth Crusading.
THE CARL GREENWOOD TRIO: will entertain at a Jazz Lunch at the Langham Hotel on Sunday September 27. For bookings and enquiries, call 731451.
THE BIBLE READING FELLOWSHIP: next meets on Monday September 28 in the Memorial Chapel of Christ Church at 7.30pm. Coffee/tea and biscuits will be available from 7.15pm. For more information, call Fr Neville on 479359.
A QUIZ NIGHT: will be held in St Augustine’s Hall of Christ Church on Saturday October 10, and tickets can be booked now by calling Meg on 487229. The cost is £10 per person, which will include a fish and chip supper. The quiz will be played in teams of six people.
SEASIDE NEIGHBOURHOOD PANEL: met recently to discuss issues of concern to residents. Matters arising from the meeting included the problem of cars parking on a Request Bus Stop in Royal Parade. The Highways department has been contacted, but states that a metal plaque needs to be installed to allow NSL to enforce parking tickets. Work on this is imminent. The introduction of a volleyball court in the Redoubt area is currently going through the system. More toilet facilities are required on the seafront east of the pier. They need to be open later in the day during large events, such as Airbourne. Cars for sale in the Seaside area and illegal street trading continues. Eastbourne Borough Council is now issuing £100 Fixed Penalty Notices for perpetrators of this type of trading. Since July the back alleys in a number of areas have been cleared, including Channel View Road, Penhale Road, Desmond Road, Wannock Road. Myrtle Road is to be targeted next. 55 benches on the Seafront have been repainted to a high standard. Fly-tipping in Seaside has been reduced following the introduction of posters stating that the practice is Illegal. Dog fouling has improved after a clean-up operation by Neighbourhood First on Eshton Road, Beach Road (which was the worst) and Latimer Road. All dog walkers that were seen were spoken to about the situation, which appears to have helped. Cycling on pavements is an ongoing issue. The Neighbourhood Policing Team is to stop cyclists, educate them and issue tickets where necessary. Residents want enforcement rather than education as they feel the improvements seen since July have not been good enough. Areas to target are Whitley Road and Seaside. Cyclists have also been seen purposefully riding the wrong way on a one way street. PCSOs will spend time in these areas and specifically target offenders of cycling on the footpath. A consultation has been held regarding cycling on the promenade as a shared space. The results will be reported at a future meeting. The Neighbourhood First group has been working hard to reduce Illegal fly-posting in the area. Event organisers have been approached to encourage them to put posters up in suitable locations only. Parking on the pavement occurs regularly in Hanover Road, Seaside and Fairlight Road. PCSO Chrystie is to patrol the area and identify offenders of any obstruction. Flooding in Eastbourne is an ongoing issue and is being discussed with East Sussex County Council and Southern Water. £20 million of investment is required, Southern Water has provided £4 million to clear the pipes/drains. Travellers parking illegally at Fishermen’s Green has been an issue. Barriers, bollards and boulders have been put in place to prevent further problems. Four trees are to be planted on Cavendish Avenue in the Autumn and a further four in the Spring of 2016. The reduction of speeding vehicles in Lottbridge Drove remains a priority. Other priorities set at the meeting were a concentration on reducing cycling on footpaths by Sussex Police; fly-tipping reduction through active patrols; a greater focus on speeding vehicles in Sidley Road, Royal Parade, Bourne Street and Beach Road. A Speed Indicating Device is to be deployed. With regards to Lottbridge Drove, local Traffic Officers will monitor beyond midnight where resources allow. The next meeting of Seaside Neighbourhood Panel will be on Wednesday November 4 at 7pm in St Agnes Church hall, Whitley Road.
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