Eastbourne Borough Council supported a wide range of projects that improve the lives of local residents through its devolved budget scheme in November and December.

The scheme allows for people to contact their local councillors with funding suggestions for initiatives, events or one-off works.

In Sovereign ward, projects and good causes that benefited included Fish 4 Kids beach angling competitions for children and Eastbourne Nomads Angling Club; a new sensory table for Defiant Sports which provides inclusive sports and activities sessions; Kingsmere Community Association’s initiative to spread Christmas cheer among local children with festive chocolate gifts; new road signs around the Kings Park development; and Chestnut Tree Hospice which provides hospice care services and community support for children and young people with progressive life-shortening conditions. 

Meanwhile, Upperton councillors helped finance an array of schemes such as planting five trees along King’s Drive and three in Hartfield Square; Plastic Free Eastbourne’s installation of a new water refill station to reduce the number of disposable bottles in use; and the creation of a tree nursery at The Forest School in Gildredge Park. 

Meads councillors agreed funding for initiatives including Eastbourne Society buying a scanner so that a large number of documents at the Heritage Centre can be saved and stored long-term; Meads Village Allotments plan for a story board to be put up to inform people about the site and its history; the third anniversary lunch for Just Friends, a charity which aims to combat loneliness; and Plastic Free Eastbourne’s new water refill station planned for Helen Garden. 

Elsewhere, Blackberry Buzzards community group received funds from Langney councillors towards its activities in Shinewater Park including forestry skills workshops, and the creation of a garden and compost toilet, and Willingdown Trees Community Centre was awarded money from Hampden Park councillors for a new dishwasher. 

For more information on the devolved budget scheme visit lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk/councillors-committees-and-meetings/devolved-ward-budgets