Seaford Residents’ Voice
is the Residents’ Association for Seaford, Sussex, UK
New Town Clerk for Seaford
The new Town Clerk for Seaford District Council is Adam Chugg. He has experience with 3VA, the organisation that provides support to local voluntary groups around East Sussex. He and his wife are long-term residents of Seaford.
Since 2013, following a difficult relationship with the holder of the post who was eventually “asked to leave it”, the town engaged a professional local government officer. Unfortunately there were again difficulties in certain areas and the individual left. Given the more locally involved nature of the new Clerk, and given that he is not a career civil servant, we look forward to an even-handed approach to all and to innovation for the future of the town.
Seaford is within the East Sussex County Council’s area. It is the largest town covered by Lewes District Council, with a population of 23,500 (2011 census). It is served by a Town Council (legally speaking a Parish Council).
Seaford Residents’ Voice
… is a non-party-political association of concerned Seaford residents who are passionate about our town. Seaford Residents’ Voice (SRV) was formed in 2014 and currently has over 1,900 members. It followed the demise of Seaford Residents Association, and the need for it arose because of a disconnect between Residents and Councillors in 2013. It became necessary to voice our community’s need for change, transparency and a closer relationship with Seaford Town Council and, in turn, Lewes District and East Sussex County Councils.
What’s it for?
- SRV will consider Residents’ views on the future of Seaford, ensuring Town, District and County Councils are aware of them, and making representations on issues.
- Clarifying, explaining and publicising the likely effects upon Seaford of proposals announced by Councils (eg planning applications).
- Helping Residents with particular problems to do with the Town, by directing them to the best authority or making a formal representation on their behalf where appropriate.
Who can join?
Everyone aged 16 or over and living within the Parish or District Ward of Seaford is welcome. Others with particular involvement with the area but living elsewhere will be considered individually.
We would particularly welcome increased participation by younger residents, to ensure we can represent their views.
How do we work?
SRV is mainly internet-based. Apart from this website we have a Facebook group, where most news, announcements, concerns and issues are raised and debated by members. The association has a Committee of 12 members, elected at the Annual General Meeting, who usually take the lead in bringing the views of members to the attention of Councils and individual Councillors as appropriate. The Committee holds regular meetings to analyse topics which affect or are likely to affect Seaford, specifically or in general, and agree upon the best courses of action to take. These vary from simply putting residents in touch with the right people, to mounting a campaign in favour of or against a proposal or existing situation. We are happy to work with both individuals and single-issue groups which may form from time to time, in an effort to achieve the best solutions for all.
How to join