About the Partnership

Purpose:

 To make Seaford a better place to live, work and relax.

Who is involved?

Directors and members are drawn from local residents, plus representatives from groups such as Trees for Seaford (formerly Tree Wardens), Youth Forum, Seaford  Residents’ Voice, Seaford Museum & Heritage Society, Community Cinema, Cycle Seahaven, Community Rail Partnership, Seaford Rotary, Martello Rotary, the Seaford Chamber of Commerce, Seaford Town Council, Lewes District Council, and East Sussex County Council.

What has been accomplished?

 Since being setup in 2000 the Partnership has, amongst other things, developed:

The Shoal Community Bench, designed by gardener Gabby Tofts and local sculptor Christian Funnell, is located on the sea defence groyne at Splash Point.

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Two trails have been developed in the town:

The Heritage Trail (developed with the Seaford Museum & Heritage Society) has signposts in the town which highlight the history of the town

Heritage Trail inside

see  http://www.seafordheritagetrails.co.uk    for both trail and exercise path

The Exercise Path has signposts along the Promenade.

Exercise Path inside

The Beach Garden located opposite the Promenade and adjacent to Hardwick House, was designed by a professional but built and maintained by volunteers.  There is a wide range of flowers and bushes, some planted and some self-seeded vegetated shingle plants.

Beachgarden 4 Beachgarden 5

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Some of the newly painted (by volunteers) benches

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The Beach seen from the road

The Open-Air All Age Gym in the Salts, designed for adults but children can also use it. The gym was developed by the Seaford Youth Forum with support from Seaford Town Council, Seaford Rotarians, Lions and other charitable bodies.

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Trees for Seaford  (formerly Tree Wardens) have planted and maintained over 1500 new and replacement trees throughout the town in grass verges, school playing fields and in open spaces.  Tree TLC days are organized to maintain  the trees planted by the Tree Wardens and other volunteers.

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The Rainbow Pad on Seaford beach was designed and painted by a volunteer.  It includes Hopscotch and other games for children and is located near Frankie’s Café.
See https://youtu.be/dID-s5jpvXk . Sadly storms in 2019 removed most of the paint. A replacement is being considered.

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Seaford’s Blue Plaques. The partnership has, in conjunction with the Seaford Museum and Heritage Society, installed plaques on buildings throughout the town to highlight their history  by identifying buildings once occupied,  or at least visited by national celebrities. More details click here.

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Seafront Exhibition and Survey (organised in conjunction with the University of Brighton and local schools) attracted 800 visitors giving their ideas for enhancement. A strategy for the Seafront was developed which, after some time, was incorporated in the Seaford Town Council’s Seafront Improvement Plan.

Sea Defences and Flooding. The Partnership and other residents, along with the Lifeguards, Newhaven Port Authority, Seaford Town Council and Lewes District Council meets regularly with the Environment Agency to consider short term seafront issues and to contribute to the development of the Long Term Sea Defences Strategy.   After the completion of the Strategy,  two public meetings were held and  a Flood Action Group set up to work with Southern Water and local authorities  developing contingency plans and actions to prevent, as far as possible,  and to ameliorate, the effects of all types of flooding.

Cross-Seaford Transport Working Group meets as required.   The group gave transport input to the Neighbourhood Plan (see below) and works with other organizations to make improvements to the services they deliver.

Impact Seaford has  members drawn from the Seaford Chamber of Commerce, the Community Partnership, Seaford Town Council, Lewes District Council and East Sussex County Council.  The Impact Seaford Action Plan is currently being updated.

Seaford Neighbourhood Plan was developed by many volunteers, including three Community Partnership Directors, (one was Chairman of the Steering Group). In summary, the Plan identifies ten brown field sites  for development  of 185 homes in the town by 2030.   In addition, nine Local Green Spaces were designated to give additional protection  against development.

The Plan includes a number of “Community Aspirations” which need to be developed into detailed proposals. These include enhancing the town centre, for example,  possible mixed pedestrian/vehicle use of some  roads, an enhanced shop front scheme, different road surfaces, etc.

 What next?

The Partnership is currently developing the Gateway Project which allows better access to the promenade during the winter for the disabled and families with wheel chairs and includes pavement signage showing a clear route from the seafront to the Town Centre.  Other signs on the promenade will advertise the types of businesses in the town centre.

The Partnership is working with Seaford Town Council, Lewes District Council and various partners  developing projects to respond to climate change and to increase biodiversity.

 How do you get involved?

 The Partnership welcomes volunteers willing to help with current projects or with ideas for future ones.   If you are interested in joining us, let us know by contacting us by e-mail: seafordpartners@gmail.com   or telephone  01323 893172