Locals given a chance to air their concerns

Members of Eastbourne Borough Council’s new Neighbourhood First team have begun holding regular surgeries to hear the comments and concerns of local residents.

The friendly surgeries give residents the chance to raise issues from their neighbourhood directly with the council’s team of nine advisors. The advisors will then consider the comments and decide what action can be taken.

Neighbourhood First is part of the council’s new way of delivering services in a more efficient way. The team are working closely with the community to tackle problems as they arise.

Surgeries running so far include:

Pistachio’s in the Park Café, Princes Park, every Thursday from 10am to 12pm

Shinewater Community centre every Tuesday from 10am to 12pm

Pilot Pub in Meads on the first Thursday of every month

Centre in Holly Place every alternative Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm (The next surgery will be June 4.)

Surgeries are open to all and more are planned for all areas of the town, based on resident feedback about the most suitable locations.

Cllr Steve Wallis, portfolio holder for the environment, said, “Our Neighbourhood First advisors have already made a fantastic impact on the way council services are delivered throughout the town, but they are keen to hear from as many local residents as possible.

“By meeting with residents at the surgeries, and out and about in communities, we can gain a real understanding about what really matters to people, and act accordingly where we can.”

The council is soon to launch a new smartphone app called Report It, allowing residents to report more than 30 different environmental issues, such as fly tipping, dog fouling and playground damage.