Graham Dean — Branch Rep.
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Hampden Park, Ratton and Willingdon branch members have been carrying out a ‘listening drive’, hearing from local people what the issues are in the area.
Here is what you’ve told us:-
- Tackle unhealthy levels of air pollution and climate change. Pollution, particularly at the Hampden Park Station level crossing. We campaigned last summer to cut pollution. We need to get drivers to turn their engines off when waiting at the level crossing.
- Better services for people with disabled children.
- Hampden Park needs a regular local produce and crafts market. Labour Councillors will support our small traders!
- Children’s health at risk through dog’s mess not cleaned away. A problem outside Parkfield School, and elsewhere.
- More facilities for young people such as Youth Clubs and outdoor activities. We need to support the services we have and campaign for better funding for schools and Youth Services.
- Women losing out on up to 6 years of state pension through changes in retirement age need labour’s support in their campaign for justice.
- Fight for our local service. Oppose the closure of services at the hospital, library cuts and cuts to social care services. Campaign for proper funding for our local schools.
- Provide good homes you can afford. Use council powers to bring empty properties back into use. Tackle rogue landlords and rough sleeping.
- Keep our communities safe. Tackle anti-social behaviour and littering. Put bobbiesback on the beat and restore community policing.
- Protect our unique environment. Make Eastbourne carbon neutral by 2030. Enhance our parks and beaches and fight any plans to sell off the Downs!
- Tackle low pay and poverty. Challenge Eastbourne Borough Council to pay a Living Wage (£10 per hour). Restore local high streets and encourage public bodies to keep profits local.
- Restore trust in politics. Listen to residents. Stand up for the most vulnerable. And be hard working voices for our communities.
Hampden Park level crossing No-Idling Signage Campaign
Since the Clean Air day No-Idling demonstration on 20th June at the level crossing, we have been campaigning for more visible signage. Drivers responded really well to the highly visible demo. Air pollution levels dramatically dropped on that day. The signs that were already being displayed were very wordy and placed where drivers did not notice e.g. directly near the crossing
We called for simpler but more recognisable signs to be placed on lampposts where traffic is queued up all along the approach roads. We have had some success in that a few temporary looking blue signs have now gone up. We have now fedback to local councillors about further improvements that need to be made e.g the signs are too low on the lampposts for drivers to notice whilst approaching. They need to be higher up and bigger.
More signs are due to go up. We have recommended all the roads where traffic is queuing e.g. back as far as Freeman Avenue; along Brodrick Road; up to the Morrison Roundabout. We will keep you posted.