DYW: Meads - January 26, 2011

THE NEXT Coffee Concert takes place on the February 19.

A lecture and recital will be given on the subject of the recorder family, by Eileen Gaudier.

She is a very interesting lady. I have heard a similar talk by another recorder enthusiast, I’m no recorder expert, but there is a fascinating story behind the “school” recorder.

FOLLOWING the exhibition and consultation with neighbours and interested parties, planning permission has been granted, the PCC has released some funds and gifts and pledges are within £34,000 of the target for the basic building project.

Discussions are proceeding about equipment and furnishings, and quantity surveyors will soon be involved in preparing invitations to tender. Plans are on view in the Church.

THE FLOWER Festival this year will be from June 10-12.

THE PAPERBACK Library and Coffee Pot continues to grow, and Age Concern runs a very helpful Silver Surfers Computer Group in partnership with us - every Friday morning in St. John’s Parish Hall,10am-11.30am.

We have about 1500 paperbacks and jigsaws, with a few DVDs, to borrow (free). We trust the borrowers to return  books: we just ask for a donation of 50p for coffee and biscuits  

A PLANNING application to turn 54 Meads Street (Meads Fruits) into a café was refused, but Martin and his Dad, Ian, had been give notice to leave, and the shop was closed on Saturday, January 15. Many regular customers filed in to say their farewells, and wish them well for the future. We hope they reappear elsewhere in Meads.

EASTBOURNE Borough Council is now consulting on its Proposed Core Strategy The Eastbourne Plan and want to hear your views on our proposals for Eastbourne in the future. The proposed Core Strategy is a consultation draft of the Core Strategy which will be formally submitted to the Government next year.

Once adopted this will be the main Development Plan Document in our Local Development Framework, and this will shape all future development within the borough up to 2027.

Public neighbourhood consultation events will be held at a variety of locations across the borough until March 2011 when you are welcome to view the proposals and speak to members of the planning department.

An event is being held for Meads on Monday January 31 at St Johns Parish Hall, Meads Street 2pm-6pm.

We are interested to hear your views and would be delighted if you could drop in as well as publicise the event to other members of the neighbourhood panel.