This Board received three presentations focussing on St
first by Ch. Insp. Paul Phelps outlined the ‘reduce the
strength’ campaign. This initiative aims to reduce the supply
of high strength beers, lagers and ciders in the local area;
improve enforcement and offer help to those dependant on these
Andrew Palmer then gave an update on the
Coastal Space project which aims to address long term problems
associated with the private rented sector, support community
involvement and the local economy. Work to improve a number of
properties in the 7 street renewal area has been undertaken and is
combined with an enforcement programme of inspections to raise
Erica Smith and Jeanne McTaggart
then updated the Board on the work of the St Leonards Town Team.
This body is a mixture of local business people, residents and
other partners whose aim is to make high streets more accessible,
attractive and safe. A 10 point plan for 3 distinctive areas of the
town has been developed to help achieve this.
The Community Network reported that rumours had been
circulating about the possible closure or change of use of Heron
House. The Job Centre currently operates from this site and is an
essential service for the local community and if necessary an
alternative venue must be found.
Bruce Campbell said that Job
Centre Plus are aware of the situation and considering their
options but have not yet been officially informed of any changes of
tenancy from the Ocean House landlords. He will keep the Board
updated as and when information becomes available.
Clive Galbraith thanked Erica
and Jeanne for their presentation on the Town Team and suggested
that the Chamber of Commerce also have the opportunity to hear it.
He will liaise with them to make arrangements.
The Board welcomed the positive
steps being taken in St Leonards and recognised progress that has
been made to date. The consensus was that families, education,
community leadership and access to jobs are key themes which will
help to continue the upward trend. Rolling out good practice to
other areas, in particular Castle ward,
could help to spread the success.