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David grew up in Peacehaven and moved to Eastbourne eight years ago so has always had links to the town. His career has been varied: serving five years in the Royal Marines, working as a teacher and currently running his own business as well as working part-time for St Wilfrid’s Hospice.
David is passionate about the environment and social injustice. If elected, he will focus on reducing traffic congestion, improving air quality and addressing parking issues within the ward.
As we all know, global warming is having a devastating impact on the environment around the world. One of the main causes for this is Carbon Dioxide (CO2).
With this mind, David has been monitoring the traffic congestion around the ward and is particularly concerned by increases around Ratton School, Cavendish School and the DGH.
If I am elected, Labour will have a representative on the council to raise these issues.
John Lambert has lived in Ratton Ward for the last 27 years and is a longstanding member of the local Labour Party. He has regularly campaigned against the savage council cuts to local services, such as libraries, medical centres and educational provision. Having recently retired as a University lecturer, he now works in professional sport. He believes that there needs to be investment into local communities so that everyone’s quality of life is enhanced rather than the steady decline that we have been seeing in recent years under this council.
John feels strongly that to halt the decline in local services and to improve the living conditions of ALL our residents, there needs to be radical change in the priorities of local and national government. Investment is needed in our local shopping hubs around the town (eg. the Broadway) and not just the town centre. We need the reinstatement of the police officer and support officer posts, lost in recent years, to keep our streets safe. The ever-increasing queues experienced either side of the Hampden Park crossing are a result of irresponsible local planning.
We need to elect Labour councillors in Eastbourne as they care about the environment in which we all live and will challenge the decisions that are damaging our communities.
Help for the high street: The Labour manifesto pledges to introduce a package of reforms to business rates and to reform local government funding to ensure our councils have sustainable funding for the long run.
Jill has lived with her family in Eastbourne since 1997. She started her career teaching in schools, but has worked for the University of Brighton for over 30 years, providing and supporting IT Services. Her three daughters all attended Ratton School and Sussex Downs/ East Sussex College, so she is well aware of the problems and pressures currently facing Eastbourne’s students and teachers.
Jill aims to ensure that council tax payers’ money is spent effectively, for the benefit of the many. She will fight against damaging cuts – the short-term savings that lead to permanent loss of vital services – and promote environmental protections such as Plastic Free Eastbourne, clean air campaign, cheaper and better public transport.
In January 2018, Conservative controlled East Sussex County Council announced they were closing Milton Grange along with two other brilliant respite and rehabilitation centres: Firwood House and Seaford’s Warwick House.
After public outrage and community campaigns, East Sussex CC spared Milton Grange, but closed the other centres.
Eastbourne Labour knows that cutting services for short term financial savings makes no sense. Centres like Milton Grange save money by reducing the demand on hospital beds and homecare services. More importantly they restore dignity and quality of life to the elderly and vulnerable.
Shortly before Christmas 2017, Pat who was then 93, collapsed and lost the use of her legs. After two weeks in hospital Pat was sent home to make room for winter flu’ victims. Barely mobile, she had to be supported with four visits a day from carers. Despite these visits Pat was unable to cope and was taken back to an already overflowing DGH. After this second visit Pat was discharged into the care of the “marvellous Milton Grange”. With rest, good food and prescribed exercises, Pat was soon on her feet, back home and able to cook and care for herself again. Pat is certain that Milton Grange saved her life and gave back her independence.
Nine years of Tory austerity has led to rising crime, high street decline and the loss of key services. Local government has been hollowed out and the poorest and most vulnerable have been hit hardest.
It’s time for change in Eastbourne. Labour councillors would help to make that change and hold the LibDem and Conservative councillors to account.
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