Upperton councillors are helping to pay for roof repairs to The Hermitage in Manor Gardens through Eastbourne Borough Council’s Devolved Budget scheme. 

Friends of Manor Gardens and Gildredge Park requested funds after squirrels and jackdaws damaged the thatched roof of the Grade II listed building, which was built as a folly in the late 18th century.

Councillors have given £1,575 towards the £4,000 total repair cost and the Friends will be raising the remainder. 

In addition, a new dog waste bin will be placed on the grass verge at the junction of Mill Gap Road and St Anne’s Road after Upperton councillors approved £225 for its installation, following reports of increasing amounts of dog mess being left on pathways in the area. 

Grow Eastbourne is also set to benefit as the councillors signed off £70 to pay for a Dutch oven –a type of cooking pot. This will enable the group to provide volunteers with hot food while they are working on the allotment in Gorringe Road. Grow Eastbourne is a community growing project, providing food for community fridges and has a new community garden in Langney Village. 

Elsewhere in Devonshire ward, councillors have approved £2,000 to pay for a new bus shelter in Royal Parade. 

Devonshire ward councillors also granted £500 to Treebourne to increase the number of trees in areas such as Princes Park, Seaside and around the Pier. Treebourne’s mission is to double the town’s tree cover by 2030 to help reduce carbon emissions and improve the local environment. 

In Langney ward, councillors agreed Friends of Shinewater Park’s plea for help towards the costs of Shinewater Park Fun Day, with a £500 donation. The event is expected to give the community an afternoon of enjoyment, helping to bring people back together after two years apart.