ESCC wants your opinion of its plans to save cash by cutting services

People in East Sussex are being asked to give their views on its county council’s plan for the future of services amid  what the council describes as, “the continuing difficult financial climate”. East Sussex County Council’s (ESCC) ‘core offer’ document was considered by the council’s Cabinet on Tuesday. It outlines what ESCC leader Keith Glazier […]

Councillors put county’s ‘core offer’ under scrutiny

The eyes of the country were on East Sussex County Council (ESCC) this morning according to its deputy leader David Elkins. Councillors had gathered to discuss the ‘core offer’ that has been prepared by the council’s officials this summer. The core offer outlines the minimum level of service ESCC can provide and yet still meet […]

Godfrey fears council deal offers ‘no hope’ for local people

There’s ‘no hope’ for local people while the current government is in office. That’s the stark message from Godfrey Daniel, on of Hastings’ representatives on East Sussex County Council (ESCC). Mr Daniel was speaking shortly after ESCC published its ‘core offer’ which is a basic package of services the council believes is the minimum that residents […]

Is Sussex Police really serving Sussex?

Godfrey Daniel was unsuccessful when he stood for election as Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Sussex, today he says he’s sad to see the county’s police service struggling to keep people safe. Mr Daniel was speaking to Hastings In Focus in the wake of the revealing BBC1 documentary Inside Out broadcast last night that highlighted […]

Is the Alexandra Park cycle path coming sometime soon?

The long-awaited cycle path through Alexandra Park could be completed and open for next summer. First muted back in 2014 when Hastings Borough Council, along with East Sussex County Council, launched a walking and cycling strategy, plans to actually build the cycle path have been slow to come to fruition. An East Sussex County Council […]

‘Shame on them’ MP lashes out over planned cuts to music eductaion

If cost saving plans to scrap instrumental tuition in East Sussex schools goes ahead the county council could find itself in breach of the terms of a funding agreement it signed with the Arts Council just three months ago and could lose almost £1.3m in funding. Writing to Councillor Keith Glazier, leader of East Sussex […]

Godfrey tells council: ‘This is what austerity looks like’

It was a feisty meeting of East Sussex County Council’s cabinet this morning as councillor’s met to discuss the authority’s ‘core offer’. Since 2010 ESCC has cut £129 million from its budget and faces the need to trim tens of millions more in the coming two years. This morning’s cabinet meeting gave the go ahead […]

What happens when the money runs out?

The ‘blunt truth’ according to one East Sussex County Councillor (ESCC) is that the authority simply doesn’t have enough money to do the things it used to do. Speaking at a meeting of the full council yesterday Councillor John Barnes warned his colleagues that the level of cost savings they have been forced to make […]

It’s not over yet! Fight to save music tuition goes on

Councillors voted this morning to keep their options open about the future of music tuition in the schools of East Sussex but the threat of complete closure of the East Sussex Music Service has not been completely removed. East Sussex County Council was forced to debate the matter in public after more than 12,000 people […]