Consultations in East Sussex

Find and participate in consultations in East Sussex. Your responses will help us make decisions on planning, delivering and evaluating services.  

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Open Consultations

  • The Keep Opening Hours Consultation

    We are asking for your views on our proposed changes to opening hours at The Keep . The Keep is an archive centre that offers free public access to the collections of the East Sussex & Brighton & Hove Record Office, Brighton and Hove Local History Collections, the... More

    Closes 25 October 2020

  • Work Experience - Student Evaluation - 2019-20

    Work Experience provides students with the opportunity to gain an insight in to the working world. By undertaking a placement, students can get an idea of what employers require from their employees and to help them to make decisions about what they may want to do when they leave school. More

    Closes 30 October 2020

  • Ageing Well in East Sussex: attendees' views on the 2020 Ageing Well events

    East Sussex Seniors’ Association (ESSA) has had 13 successful years of celebrating Older People’s Day (traditionally celebrated on 1 October) with events across the county. Building on this, in 2020 the Ageing Well Festival was launched, bringing a vibrant and empowering outlook on life... More

    Closes 16 November 2020

  • WhatsApp - Adult Questionnaire 2020

    Children’s Social Care want your feedback to make our services better. More

    Closes 22 November 2020

  • Information for Families Facebook feedback

    Have your say. We would like your views on how our Information for Families Facebook page can best serve families across East Sussex. We want to know more about what information you find useful. By completing our anonymous survey you can help us to serve you better. The survey... More

    Closes 1 December 2020

Closed Consultations

  • Inclusion Expert impact analysis

    Since September 2019, the Standards and Learning Effectiveness Services (SLES) has funded access to a training programme called Inclusion Expert for all registered provision working with our early years children. More

    Closed 12 October 2020

  • Lewes Parking Review 2020 - informal consultation

    We receive many requests for new or changes to existing parking and waiting restrictions in Lewes town and district. To manage these and make effective use of our budgets we have a priority ranking system. All requests are considered and locations given the highest priority are progressed as part... More

    Closed 9 October 2020

  • Eastbourne Bicycle Parking

    We are carrying out a consultation regarding Bicycle Parking facilities in Eastbourne Town Centre in order to inform a study report that we are currently carrying out. The information that you give will feed into our report and recommendations for future plans. More

    Closed 9 October 2020

  • Continuing the conversation: let’s focus on alcohol

    Alcohol in East Sussex. From our recent consultation with residents and people who use drug and alcohol services, people felt that one of the most important issues was reducing harm associated with alcohol. We want to continue that conversation with a focus on alcohol and its impact... More

    Closed 1 September 2020

  • Work Experience Pre - Placement Visit: Employer - 19-20

    The Work Experience Team at East Sussex County conduct ‘Pre-placement’ visits with employers who will be hosting students on placement. This is to ascertain the suitability of an employer to host a student by ensuring contact details are correct, finding out about the tasks/activities a... More

    Closed 31 August 2020

We Asked, You Said, We Did

Here are some of the issues we have consulted on and their outcomes. See all outcomes

We Asked

The consultation asked stakeholders and the public for feedback on the proposal to replace the existing bridge at Exceat with a new two-lane, two-way bridge which will ensure the free flow of traffic and include safer crossing points for pedestrians, whilst taking into consideration the landscape and environmental sensitivities of the area.

You Said

Thank you to all those who took the time to respond to the consultation, we received over 1000 responses. Overall feedback was in support of the project with 79% in favour of replacing the current bridge and 83% supporting the proposal of creating 2 way traffic flow on the bridge. A straight parapet was the preferred design option, whilst opinion towards the viewing platforms was split.

We Did

The response to this consultation is being used to inform ongoing discussions with the South Downs National Park Authority to take forward and agree the bridge proposals. We received a lot of feedback on the use of traffic lights at the bridge and this option is being considered as an interim measure.

A number of concerns or alternative suggestions were made in response to the Public Consultation.  These have been reviewed and categorised into themes and responses to each of these are provided in the table below.

 

Theme No.

Theme Issue

Response

 

1

Retain existing bridge

 

In the short term whilst funding for the new bridge is being secured, the existing bridge will be retained and this may involve some repair works to the structure.


However the ongoing maintenance liability over a longer period with no improved arrangement for pedestrians or vehicles is not desired.

Retaining the existing bridge will not offer the benefits to non-motorised users that the replacement bridge would provide, such as a footway on the south side of the bridge avoiding crossing the carriageway twice.

Significant maintenance works would be required to keep the existing bridge in operation for the long term.  A long road closure, likely lasting months, would be necessary to carry out these works safely and this is not considered viable.

 

 

2

Install traffic lights and keep one-way operation

Traffic lights are being considered as an interim measure whilst funding for replacing the bridge is secured.

Whilst it is recognised that the recent provision of traffic lights did ease traffic congestion, they would not provide the long term resilience that a two-way bridge would offer. 

Funding for the replacement bridge is dependent on the proposals providing long term congestion relief.

Installing traffic lights alone would not provide the benefits to non-motorised users that the replacement bridge would provide, such as a footway on the south side avoiding crossing the carriageway twice.

 

3

Against the scheme based on the assumption that traffic will increase.  Concerned about the potential negative effects on local lanes and communities, i.e. Littlington and Alfriston

 

Traffic will increase nationwide over the next ten years irrespective of any improvements which are made at Exceat.

Any increase in traffic along the A259 and the connecting roads as a result of the improvements will be cancelled out by the A27 improvements which Highways England are currently progressing. 

 

 

4

Concern that air pollution will increase

Air pollution is not expected to increase given there will be less queuing traffic. A study is being commissioned to assess this.

 

 

5

Concern over not providing pedestrian islands

Significant consideration has been put towards the provision of pedestrian crossings.   The reasons for not providing new pedestrian refuge islands is as follows:

A recent survey identified a large number of bicycles and buggies being used around the pub and bridge. It would be unsafe for these users to use standard width refuge islands meaning that extra wide islands would be required.


Further carriageway widening required to accommodate wide pedestrian islands would either significantly affect a residential property or prevent the existing bridge remaining open during the works.

 

Furthermore, widening the carriageway would also further encroach the hill on the western side of the carriageway and would result in a taller and longer retaining wall – which would alter the fragile landscape.

Road safety engineers have confirmed that it would be safer for pedestrians to wait slightly longer on the side of the road, than become stranded in the middle of the road with passing traffic either side.

Analysis of pedestrian wait times will be made available as part of the planning application, however traffic modelling confirms that the increase in wait times is marginal.

 

 

6

Not providing a pelican crossing

Protecting the rural landscape is a key consideration. The provision of a pelican, or any controlled crossing, would spoil the natural landscape, in particular at night.  Detailed assessments confirm that the uncontrolled crossing points, which will have significantly better visibility than the current provision will be safe and suitable for all pedestrians.

 

 

7

The eastbound bus stop being moved further away from the pub

The eastbound bus stop (west of the bridge) has been moved further up the hill towards Seaford. Given the frequent service and regular usage of the bus stop, the highway layout needs to allow for vehicles to safely pass a stationary bus. The positioning of the bus stop has been done to improve visibility for both drivers of vehicles as they approach the bridge and pedestrians using the pedestrian crossing immediately to the west of the bridge. Visibility for all road users is significantly better than the current provision. 

 

 

8

No proposals for improvements outside the Visitors Centre

This project is limited to replacing the bridge over the river Cuckmere and providing improved pedestrian facilities in the immediate vicinity. Improved pedestrian crossing facilities outside the Visitors Centre is not included in this project however the South Downs National Park and East Sussex County Council have agreed to support each other in exploring options as part of a separate scheme.

 

 

9

No proposals to upgrade the footpath along causeway (stretch of road between the bridge and the Visitors Centre)

 

The footway along the Causeway is not affected by the new bridge and therefore works to improve it are not included in this project. Improvements to the footway may be considered at a later date.

 

10

Perceived lack of facilities for walkers, cyclists, horse riders & bus travellers

The scheme provides a reduction in the number of occasions pedestrians will need to cross the A259 as the footway on the southern side of the bridge will connect to the existing footways either side of the river.

The footpath on the southern side of the bridge will be a shared facility to accommodate both pedestrians and cyclists  which opens up a future opportunity to provide a more continuous shared facility across the Cuckmere valley.

Cycle stands near to the pub will also be considered.

The bus stops are being improved through better signposting and higher kerbs.

No equestrians were recorded in a recent survey monitoring behaviour and usage at the bridge. The lack of off-carriageway equestrian routes means that it is unlikely equestrians will use the bridge or footways. 

 

 

11

Reducing the speed limit to 20mph or 30mph

Reducing the speed limit from the national speed limit of 60mph to 30mph is included in the proposals.

Reducing the speed limit further to 20mph is not suitable for the road classification being part of the major road network.

 

 

12

Use of Manual for Streets (design guide) for a more balanced design favouring non-motorised users

 

Manual for Streets is being applied to the highway design.

 

13

Redesignation of road status to B Road

 

Redesignation of the A259 which is part of the major road network would not be appropriate and is does not form part of the project.

 

 

14

Parking may occur in shared space outside pub

 

Parking restrictions on the shared space outside the pub will be considered.

 

15

There is a perceived negative impact on biodiversity

An Environmental Statement and an Ecosystems Services assessment will form part of this planning application.

The ongoing design aims to avoid impacts as far as practicable.

Where impacts are unavoidable, the mitigation strategy will be in line with National Planning Policy Framework and Environmental regulations.

 

 

We Asked

This consultation asked stakeholders and the public for feedback on proposals for Phase 2 of the Eastbourne Town Centre Movement & Access Package. The proposal focuses on the section of Terminus Road between Bankers Corner, Bolton Road and Langney Road. Public feedback was sought on:

• The scheme objectives

• What respondents thought of the key aspects of the proposals

• How the proposed civic space could be used

You Said

Overall, public and stakeholder feedback was in favour of the proposals with 63% of respondents supporting or strongly supporting the proposals. The majority of respondents felt that the plans would achieve the scheme objectives and were positive about how they would improve the Town Centre.

We Did

On 22 April 2020 the Lead Member for Transport & Environment approved the publication of the Eastbourne Town Centre Movement & Access Package – Phase 2 public consultation report, and; approved Phase 2 entering detailed design and construction stages as set out within the 2020/21 Capital Programme of Transport Improvements.

A full breakdown of responses can be found in LMTE 22 April 2020 Eastbourne Town Centre Movement Access Package Phase 2 Appendix 2 (item 44 - appendix 2).

We Asked

Schools, parents/carers and other interested parties to give their views on the proposed school holiday and term dates for 2020/2021.  Thank you to all those who responded.

You Said

During the consultation period 307 responses were received.  The feedback was generally positive.   

We Did

The Local Authority is currently responsible for setting school term and holiday dates for local authority maintained schools.  Foundation, trust and voluntary aided schools and academies are responsible for setting their own school term and holiday dates. Following consultation the school holiday and term dates for 2020/2021 have been agreed and are available on the East Sussex County Council website.