Council News April 2018

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Council News

Welcome to the April 2018 edition of Council News.

Eastbourne town centre improvement scheme

Work begins on Eastbourne Town Centre Improvement Scheme

Work has begun on an ambitious scheme aimed at dramatically transforming Eastbourne town centre.

Contractors Mildren Construction began work last month on the second and most significant phase of the £6.2 million Eastbourne Town Centre Improvement Scheme, due to be completed by summer 2019.

The scheme, a joint project between East Sussex County Council and Eastbourne Borough Council, is aimed at modernising the town centre, improving pedestrian conditions and attracting more visitors.

The changes, which complement the redevelopment of the Arndale Centre, will drastically reduce traffic in the section of Terminus Road known as ‘Diesel Alley’, allowing the pavements to be doubled in width.

Cllr David Tutt, Eastbourne Borough Council leader, said: “These changes will dramatically transform the heart of the town, creating a pleasant, modern, attractive environment for everyone to enjoy.

“The improvements, along with the Arndale redevelopment, should play a big role in attracting more visitors to the town centre, increasing trade and boosting the local economy.”

The major portion of the work is expected to be completed by late autumn, with a pause for the busy festive period before work resumes in January 2019.

Arndale Centre

Opening dates revealed for stores in Arndale extension

The opening dates for three new stores in the £85 million Arndale Centre extension have been revealed.

Next, H & M and FatFace will open in September, two months ahead of the extension that is due to open by the end of November when the Centre will be re-branded as The Beacon.

The fit-out of Next and H & M is due to start in May and June and the first part of the new mall will open at the same time as these stores. The multiscreen cinema will open in 2019.

Congress Theatre re-opening date announced

The Congress Theatre will re-open on March 24 2019 after a two-year refurbishment.

The first performance in the Grade II listed theatre will be a concert given by London Philharmonic Orchestra with tickets due to go on sale in early May 2018.

The orchestra will then conclude its 2018/19 season in the Congress with a final concert on April 7. 

Built in 1963, the theatre has been closed since January 2017 for extensive work to be carried out.  It is currently home to nearly 120 tonnes of scaffolding as new heating, power and ventilation systems are being installed. 

When the new look theatre opens it will have brand new seats, a new state-of-the-art lighting bridge, new heating and air conditioning systems and new toilets.

Lottery logo

Eastbourne Local Lottery to launch in June!

Tickets for the first Eastbourne Local Lottery will be on sale online from May 17 with the first draw to be made on June 16 with the chance to win a weekly jackpot of £25,000 for a matching sequence of six numbers.  There will be other prizes of £2,000, £250, £25 or three free tickets.

Tickets will cost £1 with 60p going towards local good causes, compared to just 28p in the pound for the National Lottery.  Eastbourne is among the first few local authorities to launch its own online lottery.

Local good causes that provide a community service for Eastbourne residents will be able to sign up for the lottery from April 19.

Eastbourne Borough Council Leader Councillor David Tutt said: “Eastbourne has an amazing number of people who volunteer on a regular basis for local community groups.  This is an opportunity for those local good causes to register to become beneficiaries of the Eastbourne Local Lottery and raise additional money.  Although overseen by the Council, it will not be benefiting financially from the lottery, the benefits will go to the local groups who register as a good cause."

He added: “We are committed to continuing our support to local community groups through our grants programme, but this will be a way of helping many more organisations and good causes.”

Regular updates on the Eastbourne Local Lottery will be posted on its new website that was launched on April 19

Residents sign up for nearly 8,500 garden bins

Residents have signed up for nearly 8,500 garden bins since the Council introduced a garden waste collection charge this month.

The annual charge of £52 was introduced to allow the Council to maintain essential frontline services in a financial climate of severe cuts in government funding.

Many councils already charge for this service and this brings Eastbourne in line with them.

For those who would prefer to compost at home, a free compost bin is being offered as an alternative. This offer will be available for the first six months of the scheme.