Dear <<First Name>>
This week saw the Children and Families Minister Vicky Ford come to Eastbourne to see first-hand the wonderful work Government-funded Holiday Activities and Food Programme is doing in our town. I joined the minister and the Children’s Commissioner Rachel D’Souza at Buzz Active on the seafront which is supporting 11-16-year-olds through water sports such as kayaking and windsurfing.
We also spoke to 15 and 16-year-olds at Make (Good) Trouble which teaches photography, short film making skills and journalism. These are wonderful organisations doing great work to help young people in Eastbourne and £1.6 million was given to East Sussex County Council to administer these schemes.
It is vitally important that children who suffer disadvantage are given the opportunities that build the confidence and life experiences that underpin future success. It is also important that the Government funds this sort of work and linking providing food with learning is a positive move and I am a big fan of this approach.
In Covid news, all young people aged 16 to 17 have been offered a first dose of a vaccine to give them protection before returning to school next month. I know many teenagers are stepping forward to have the jab but please, if you haven’t, can you do so. It will protect you and others like older members of your family. The vaccines remain really effective, especially against serious illness, but they are not 100% effective. So, the more of the population – young and old – who get them, the better.
I receive regular updates from Sussex Police about crime and other matters in Eastbourne and the latest figures around a host of offences has been really positive. Although the pandemic has been challenging for the police, it has seen substantial drops in certain crimes as a consequence.
The Eastbourne district has seen a decrease of 43.1% in burglaries, including residential, non-residential, and business burglary cases from May 2020 to June 2021 with lockdown a major factor. There has also been a 17.8% decrease in business crime, 12.9% decrease in theft from a shop, a 26.6% decrease in serious acquisitive crime and a 6.4% decrease in public place based violent crime.
However, there is still crime and anti-social behaviour (ASB) which our Eastbourne Neighbourhood Policing Team continue to tackle. Each Friday and Saturday between 1800-0000 across the town, officers and PCSOs are providing patrols in areas known to suffer ASB or anti-social driving.
Eastbourne residents can call officers out in the town between the times above on: 07785372050 to report directly to the team. Out of these hours call 101.