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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. 

Last Saturday, it was great to meet people and talk to businesses at Langney Shopping Centre’s third annual, ‘One Great Day’ event, raising funds for our very own local, Children with Cancer and Great Ormond Street Hospital, a place I know well as a parent.  I’ll be back at the Centre soon to hold my advice surgery there and will pick up again the campaign for more accessible toilets as part of the fantastic new development and investment here.

On very difficult days like we have witnessed there can be joy too. If you are able to play your part please sign up to offer help for refugees below:

It is my understanding that 14,000 people have been evacuated by the UK and every effort has been made to identify those most at risk, and I too have handed over information that may aid with this. Already I received confirmation from one who had reached the UK safely with his family.

US troops have maintained the perimeter of Kabul airport which has allowed the evacuations to take place – this is why they were targeted in the terrible atrocities which saw 13 Americans killed. It was announced yesterday that the evacuation effort was in the final few hours ahead of the final US withdrawal of the 31st  August.

This has been an incredibly fast moving situation but British officials and soldiers have been on the ground assisting with the evacuation effort.

Where to pick them up and how to do the test.

Our vaccination programme is rightly a big driver in getting back to normality but so is testing and we need to make it as normal as brushing our teeth to protect our progress against the virus and community transmission. 

Recent openings will inevitably mean more cases, but free testing for those without symptoms is an important new line of defence to protect our recovery.  I now TEST regularly.  It is pretty easy and comforting to see a negative result when so many can have the virus without symptoms.  You still have to keep the usual safety measures but it feels good to step out knowing.

✅ Testing will help us
✅ Keep on the roadmap to freedom👣
✅ Stop the spread
✅ Protect the NHS 💙

TESTS: Now available free to all without symptoms and you can do 🏠 at home, order online or collect locally.

You can get a pack of 7 tests sent to your home. Order rapid lateral flow home test kits on GOV.UK
If you do tests at home, you'll need to report your results online or on the phone.

The video below explains how to do the test.

How to do a COVID-19 Self Test (rapid antigen test)

Community Collect Site

Fort Fun Princes Park Car Park, Royal Parade, BN22 7LQ site is operating as a test site for symptomatic testing  but only in the mornings.  In the afternoons 2:30pm – 8:00pm, following a clean down, it is operating as a Community Collect site for people to collect home test kits and supports the Government statements on providing universal asymptomatic testing.

Eastbourne Pharmacies

✅ A.E. Pharma Limited, 11 Grand Hotel Buildings, Compton Street, BN21 4EJ - Pick up site - for at home test kits

✅ A & S Shillam Limited, 82 Seaside,  BN22 7QP - Pick up site - for at home test kits

✅ Asda, Crumbles Harbour Village, BN23 6JH - Pick up site - for at home test kits

✅ Boots, Princes Park Health Ctr, Wartling Road, BN22 7PG - Pick up site - for at home test kits

✅ Day Lewis, 2 Furness Road, BN21 4EY - Test site for people with no symptoms - a booking is required

✅ Day Lewis, 10 Freshwater Square, BN22 0PS - Pick up site - for at home test kits

✅ Osbon Medicals Limited, 116-118 Cavendish Place,  BN21 3TZ - Pick up site - for at home test kits

✅ Tesco Stores, Lottbridge Drove, BN23 6QD - Pick up site - for at home test kits

You can find further details 

Vaccination Information
How & Where to get a Test
Community Help & Support
Free Transport for Covid-19 Vaccinations
Vaccination Scam Information
Mental Health & Wellbeing
Support for Businesses
Test & Trace Support Payment
From Monday 16th  self-isolation rules  changed for the double jabbed and those under 18.
The legal requirement to self-isolate if you are a close contact of someone who tests positive has ended. Instead you are encouraged to take a test. 16 and 17 year olds are now, also being invited to get vaccinated.

Everyday scores of people across Eastbourne & Willingdon are getting vaccinated for either their first or second dose. It is thanks for this effort - by the NHS and you - that we can now look to relax rules further as we continue to get on top of the virus.

Remember both doses prevent serious illness to yourself and others. If you have not had either or both jabs please book here:

For more information on the new rules please click this link


And finally...

This being a bank holiday weekend, there are many events on offer over the next three days. I have busy programme myself, taking me to many of the community events occurring across all parts of Eastbourne and I hope to see you at one of these. 

If not, I hope the weather stays fair and that you have a very good bank holiday weekend.

Take care and with my best,


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Caroline Ansell MP · Eastbourne Town Hall · Grove Road · EASTBOURNE, EAST SUSSEX BN21 4TX · United Kingdom