Hampden Park councillors have awarded £3,000 towards the rebuilding of dressing rooms at Hampden Park Tennis Club. 

Having provided tennis playing facilities at the park for many years, the club has now reached out to the community by providing coaching and memberships to people who are less well off. 

Councillors approved the application through Eastbourne Borough Council’s Devolved Budget scheme.

A further £1,000 was donated by Hampden Park councillors for the installation of a drinking water point at Brassey Avenue as part of Plastic Free Eastbourne’s drive to encourage people to use refillable bottles rather than single-use plastic ones. 

It is expected the water point will be ready for use in the New Year. 

Meanwhile, Sovereign ward councillors have given £500 through the Devolved Budget scheme to Chestnut Tree House, a children’s charity providing hospice care services and community support for children and young people with progressive life-shortening conditions. 

The money will help pay for a Chestnut Tree House nurse to make five home visits to a young person in their own home in Eastbourne, giving parents precious time to spend with their other children or allow them some space for themselves. 

Councillors in Sovereign ward have also agreed a £300 request from Kingsmere Community Association to spread Christmas cheer by delivering selection boxes to children in Kingsmere and Kings Park for the festive season.