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Elite Cycle Races in East Dean


As part of Eastbourne’s weekend cycling festival, on 28th of July 2019, two road races (one women’s and one men’s) made repeated circuits of Beachy Head, Birling Gap and along Gilberts Drive. Despite the necessary parking restrictions and temporary road closures, which had been agreed with Sussex Police, many residents came to watch the spectacle and cheer on the riders as they passed through the village.


The race, entitled the “South Coast Classic”, formed part of a national series of elite road races. You can find out more about the cycling festival and the races at

BT to remove A259 Phonebox

A notice was posted on 12th June in the phone box on the corner of Gilberts Drive and the A259, saying BT intend to remove it after a 42 day consultation period. The Parish Council is opposed to this removal on the grounds of health and safety, as mobile phone coverage in the village is limited and patchy. Our objections will be submitted to the South Downs National Park Authority. We will also be inviting residents to sign a petition objecting to the removal of this box.



Horsefield Footpath Vandalism

We regret to say that there was an outbreak of vandalism on Footpath 24, which runs between the A259 and the Village Car Park, sometime on Sunday 2nd or early Monday 3rd June. Severe damage was done to the footpath sign and safety barrier at the main road end of the footpath as seen here.

The unique "Squeeze Gate", designed to stop animals from escaping via the footpath was also destroyed as seen here.

If anyone saw anything suspicious please contact the Parish Council using this link or Sussex police, telephone 101. The Council has been approached by some residents offering to contribute to a fund to replace the squeeze gate, for which we are most grateful. If any other residents would also like to help ensure that this unique feature is fully restored then please contact the Parish Clerk using the above link. The Parish Council will also be making a contribution to the restoration fund and will be talking to contractors to take it forward. More news when we get it.

 Parish Council charity of the year

At the Annual Parish Council Meeting on 16th May, Councillors chose the JPK Project as our charity of the year 2019/20.  The charity will receive any profits from the council's stall at the village fete and the Christmas lights event together with a donation from council funds. The donation from the council is funded without extra cost to Council Taxpayers as the elected Parish Councillors have agreed to forego the personal allowance to which they are legally entitled.

The JPK Project is an Eastbourne based charity aimed at providing independent living, support and work experience for East Sussex residents with learning difficulties. You can find out more about them here.