Tourist Information Centre to reopen soon at new location
The Tourist Information Centre will reopen from its new location at the Welcome Building in Devonshire Quarter at 10am on Monday, September 7th.
This relocation from Cornfield Road allows Eastbourne Borough Council (EBC) to combine its visitor services into one multifunctional team.
The new centre will continue to offer the same services including ticket sales for Eastbourne Bandstand, theatres, events, bus tickets and National Express, alongside souvenirs.
For more information on these services visit visiteastbourne.com/visitor-services
Free licences for outdoor seating
EBC has announced that hospitality businesses across the town can now apply for free to place seats and tables outside their premises.
Businesses serving food and drink – such as pubs, bars, restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, snack bars, and ice cream parlours – are eligible to request temporary outdoor seating in suitable locations. This follows a recent law change which means borough councils can now issue these licences and waive the usual fees.
For more information or to apply, visit lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk/licensing-and-registrations/pavement-licences/
Free fast-track planning advice for business
EBC has launched a new fast-track planning advice service for businesses to help them adapt quickly to the many challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic.
The Covid-19 crisis has created countless challenges for businesses and the council says it is helping to address these wherever it can.
This latest council initiative will mean a business that needs to make rapid changes to reflect the new working arrangements as a consequence of Covid-19, can get them in place, subject to an in principle agreement, rather than wait for planning permission.
Anyone planning to make changes due to the pandemic that may require permission, should contact email@example.com with ‘request for free COVID-19 advice’ in the subject line.
For a full list of the information a business needs to supply visit lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk/community/covid-19/planning/
Winter Garden awarded £1.6 million towards refurbishment
Government funding of £1.6 million towards the refurbishment of Eastbourne’s Grade II listed Winter Garden has been welcomed by EBC.
The money from the Getting Building Fund, designed to support economic recovery and create jobs, is a boost to the £3.9 million refurbishment project which will enhance the historic character of the venue by reinstating original features and architecture.
The Winter Garden project marks the final phase of the stunning new Devonshire Quarter complex.
Councils‘ innovative grants portal is example of good practice
EBC and Lewes District Council have been recognised for supporting local business through innovation during the pandemic.
The Local Government Association (LGA) has highlighted the councils’ dedicated portal that delivers Covid-19 business grants, as an example of good practice using a digital solution.
The new portal was launched on April 9th to administer the Small Business Grant Fund and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund, of between £10,000 or £25,000 per business, in response to acute challenges firms were facing.
Using a mostly automated system, the councils processed 2,642 grants – to the total value of nearly £34.1m – by the first week of May.
Applications for these grants are now closed.
Mayor reaches out to struggling children
Eastbourne’s Mayor has awarded £500 from his Kick-Out Covid Fund for counselling and support to help children suffering with mental health problems.
The grant has been made to Holding Space, a not-for-profit community organisation that provides mental health support to parents, carers, children and families.
This is the third project to benefit from the Mayor’s Kick-Out Covid Fund which was set up in April to help the local fight back against coronavirus.
Council’s annual canvass encourages voters to register
Eastbourne residents are being urged to make sure their electoral registration details are correct so that their voice is heard on decisions that affect them.
The annual canvass ensures that Eastbourne Borough Council keeps the electoral register updated, identifying any residents who are not registered, so that they can be encouraged to do so.
You have to be registered to vote in future elections.
Final funding for fisherman’s quay at Sovereign Harbour
Eastbourne Fishermen’s Community Interest Company has been awarded a grant of £1.08m to complete phases two and three of a long-planned project to redevelop the quayside in Sovereign Harbour.
Councillor David Tutt, Leader of EBC, said: “This very welcome contribution of EU money will help ensure this long-awaited project becomes a reality.
“I look forward to seeing the scheme develop and when complete, will provide a multi-purpose destination to benefit Eastbourne’s fishing industry.”