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We are very fortunate in living in such a beautiful area and having the benefit of so many voluntary groups in the town catering for a wide range of interests. The Seaford Community Partnership is a group of volunteers that seeks effective ways of making Seaford an even better place to work and relax. We are an alliance of groups (such as Tree Wardens, Youth Forum, Wave Leisure, Cycle Seahaven, the Community Cinema, etc.) representatives from Seaford Town Council, Lewes District Council and East Sussex County Council, statutory authorities (such as the police and the youth service) and voluntary and business organisations (such as Chamber of Commerce, Seniors’ Forum, community and sports groups).
We aim to do things rather than talking about by working with partners to create the Exercise Path along the seafront, the Heritage Trail the Beach Garden as well as planting over 1300 trees in streets open spaces and school playing fields. As well as achieving such things we have obtained funding by obtaining grants from the Big Tree Plant (£5000) and assisted the Youth Forum to obtain £20,000 to provide the all-age open air gym in the Salts. Residents have also assisted us with the cost of trees planted on ggrass verges.
We focus on what residents and the business community tell us they want by undertaking questionnaire exercises and held an exhibition of the community's ideas for improvements on the Seafront whilst maintaining its unspoilt nature. We organised two well attended public meetings on the Environmental Agency's proposed flood defences for the town.
We currently have a number of active projects - Improving Splash Point, creating an open air entertainment area at the Martello Tower and Improving Transport and non car access.
We cannot do this alone and need your help. Come to our AGM; give us your ideas on how we can enhance your town; join us and use your skills in getting things done; help us identify sources of funds; help with tree planting and beach garden maintenance.
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The Partnership is not directly funded from public funds. All activities and projects we undertake are funded from applications we make to various national and local grant funding bodies and charities.
A Bit of History
Since its foundation in 2000, the Partnership has achieved much:
Farmers’ Market from 2002 to 2004;
The Heritage Trail with sign boards and leaflets set up with National Lottery funding;
Produced a 10 year Strategic Plan for the development of Seaford;
Organised Activities for Young People including very successful football training in association with the Youth Service and Brighton & Hove Albion;
Transport Group made a considerable contribution to the Seaford Local Area Transport Survey and helped in the development of Safe Routes to School;
The monthly Cinema at the Downs attracted initial funding until 2008 and further funding revitalised it at the Little Theatre in 2010 for a short time. The present Seaford Community Cinema was a separate very successful initiative by a group of volunteers;
Set up the very successful Seaford Bay Exercise Path with sign posts and leaflets;
Organised the Refurbishing of the ticketing hut at the Salts into a youth facility, The Base with the assistance of the Coastal Partnerships’ Project Development Worker and Seaford Town Council;
The Youth Task Group has been working closely with the police and the youth service and has set up a Youth Forum where young people can make their needs known who themselves interviewed and appointed a Facilitator to guide their work;
The Youth Forum has been at the forefront of seeking funding for the setting up of the Skate Park and shelter at the Salts and has raised funds and completed an All-age Exercise Park at the Salts in association with Seaford Seniors’ Forum;
The Partnership has secured grants to improve the Seafront, funding an exhibition and questionnaire on residents’ and visitors’ views and completed work on a Beach Garden in 2012. Work on a project to establish an Open Air Public Performance area on the deck of the Martello Tower is ongoing, in co-operation with the Town Council. The area will provide spectator-seating and an arena for music, dance and drama.
Projected is the provision of improved access, safety and seating to the Splash Point jetty to provide some of the additional seating and viewing facilities . The Partnership has also raised the profile of flood-prevention planning for the long-term, and this has resulted in meetings being kick-started at Town Council level.