Welcome to the East Sussex Have your Say Hub.

We're committed to involving people in decisions that affect them, and value their input in planning, delivering and evaluating services.

Opportunities to give us your views are included below. You can search for consultations by keyword, postcode, interest etc. You can also see how previous feedback has influenced our decision making process and what has happened as an outcome.

The results of consultations that were carried out before April 2013 are available on request.

If you would like information on any of our consultations in another format, including paper copies, please contact us:

email: haveyoursay@eastsussex.gov.uk

telephone: 01273 481503.

For more ways to have your say including petitions, council meetings, or by joining one of our forums, groups and panels, please visit our consultation page.

We Asked, You Said, We Did

Below are some of the issues we have recently consulted on and their outcomes.

Proposed amalgamation of Whitehill Infant School and Herne Junior School

We asked:
We asked you to indicate whether you agreed with the proposal to create an all-through primary school from 1 September 2015 by bringing together Whitehill Infant School and Herne Junior School. The all-through primary school would admit up to 60 pupils a year and have a capacity of 420 places.
You said:
100 replies have been received. This equates to a response rate of 8.5%. Of the 100 responses received: 68 (68%) support the proposal, 6 (6%) neither agree nor disagree with the proposal, 26 (26%) do not support the proposal Respondents support the proposal because they believe it would: • bring greater continuity; • enhance the development of the curriculum across the age range 4-11; • remove the need for parents to have to apply for a place for their child at Year 3; • allow better sharing of resources. Respondents do not support the proposal because they believe : • both schools benefit from separate cultures and ethos, particularly as they are on separate sites. This increases choice in the town. • funding would be cut so both schools would suffer • the benefits of change can be achieved through federation not amalgamation • Whitehill would lose its friendly, nurturing ethos as part of a bigger school
We did:
In conclusion, the Council and the governing body believe that a change to the current organisation of Whitehill Infant School and Herne Junior School will build on the progress made since the federation in September 2009 and lead to a sustained improvement in educational standards at Key Stage 2. The feedback received from the consultation period revealed that the majority of respondents support the proposal and this has only strengthened that view. For this reason, the Lead Member is recommended to: Authorise the publication of statutory notices in respect of a proposal to amalgamate Whitehill Infant School and Herne Junior School in Crowborough with effect from 1 September 2015.

What do you think about these suggested changes to buses? Individuals

We asked:
For views on a number of changes that we were proposing to bus services we financially support.
You said:
A reduction in options to travel by bus did not offer the level of service you would like. It was felt that the proposed reduction could affect quality of life, ability to attend medical appointments and impact on the vulnerable, particularly the elderly in rural locations. There were some concerns around the impact on the economy if travel options were reduced and that the strategy assumed a 9.00 to 17.00 working pattern. It was also noted that a reduction in services could cause an increase in the usage of cars or remove choice of school.
We did:
On 16 December 2014 the County Council’s Cabinet agreed the proposed Public Transport Strategic Commissioning Strategy and agreed the implementation of the proposed reformulated supported bus network (RSBN) which included an increase in adult and child fares across the supported bus network. Seven off-peak services will be reduced to two days a week, and two to three days a week. Twenty three previously subsidised services will run as commercial routes, which includes most evening services in the county. Dial-a-Ride services will continue to receive funding to provide at least a three day-a-week service, and school services to Heathfield, Ringmer and Uplands Colleges will continue to operate. The changes, which come into effect from April 2015, will leave 91 per cent of passengers unaffected while 96 per cent will still have access to a six-day-a-week service. Please note: Cabinet agreed these proposals on 16 December and in accordance with our procedures this decision will come into force and may be implemented on the expiry of 4 working days after the publication of the decision, unless called in. However if call-in is accepted then it will be considered within 10 working days of the decision to call the matter in.

Have your say on changes to the meals in the community service

We asked:
We asked for people’s views about proposed changes to how meals in the community are provided in East Sussex.
You said:
117 people (68.4%) disagree with the proposals to end the subsidy, and of those 84 people (49.1%) strongly disagree. People are mainly concerned about the affordability of the meals and the associated risks with not having a regular hot meal and safety check.
We did:
We listened to the concerns raised during the consultation, particularly around the subsidy. As a result, the subsidy will be maintained while we change over to the new arrangements. We will then consider whether or not to continue with the subsidy as part of our financial planning for 2016/17. We will change from a single provider model and instead put together a list of providers to choose from. The consultation found that people were concerned about possibly losing the safe and well check, and about the nutritional quality of meals. As a result, all providers who want to join the Approved Provider Framework will be required to demonstrate how they meet the service needs, which will include the safe and well check. They will also have to pass an accreditation process managed through our Support with Confidence service. This will ensure we can monitor the quality of service provided to people.

During the consultation process, we ask for your feedback, you tell us and then we make positive changes. Public participation is key to our work. See what happens with We Asked, You Said, We Did.