Eastbourne councillors have been helping good causes using Devolved Budget money.
In Devonshire ward, Councillors Margaret Bannister, Steve Holt and Steve Wallis have given £1,000 to fund new signage at The Body Club in Seaside. The club occupies a site in the heart of the ward and offers a range of services from health and fitness, an indoor market and various courses and classes.
A request for £300 was also made by Eastbourne Volunteers who are working with other local support services to map all clubs, groups and organisations in the town. The aim of the project is to support volunteers, make the best use of shared resources, create a website so the public knows where to go for information about volunteer groups, promote inclusion and fight social isolation.
The councillors gave a further £1,000 to Eastbourne Foodbank to help with its move from Cornfield Lane to new premises in Susans Road. Twelve tonnes of food, office equipment and furniture all need to be relocated. More than 800 people access the Foodbank and its services every month.
In Old Town, residents approached their ward councillors John Ungar, Jonathan Dow and Janet Coles and asked them to fund a new bench at Macmillan Drive Park. At a cost of just over £1,380, the bench will be situated in the top right hand corner of the dog walking area and further enhance the park.
The councillors also made a contribution to the Friends of Motcombe Gardens for a new sign marking the history of the gardens. The Friends and councillors have split the £870 cost between them and the sign is now being developed by the Friends and Eastbourne Borough Council staff.