Seaford Town Council’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Position Statement

Please see this notice from Seaford Town Council regarding the latest restrictions and how it affects the town’s events and facilities:-

The Town Council has been regularly monitoring the situation in regard to Coronavirus (COVID-19) both locally and nationally. Following the most recent announcement by Government enforcing the second national lockdown for a period of four weeks from 5th November to 1st December (inclusive), the following measures have now been put in place:

The View at Seaford Head

In line with the Government’s announcement on 31st October 2020, from Thursday 5th November 2020 The View will be closed, re-opening on Wednesday 2nd December 2020 (subject to lifting of lockdown as planned).

The View is still taking bookings for its lunch and evening Christmas meals throughout December, so please do leave a message at 01323 890139 (option 3) or by email to hello@the-view.co.uk . A member of staff will respond to your enquiry as soon as possible. Any bookings are subject to restrictions that may be in place and therefore your booking will have to be confirmed in early-December.

The View wishes to thank all its loyal customers for their support in these difficult times and looks forward to welcoming customers back through its doors in December.

Seaford Head Golf Course

In line with the Government’s announcement on 31st October 2020, from Thursday 5th November 2020 Seaford Head Golf Course will be closed, re-opening on Wednesday 2nd December 2020 (subject to lifting of lockdown as planned).

During the period of closure earlier this year, the course saw an influx of visitors using the area like a recreational ground, which caused significant damage to the course and considerable extra work and expense to repair this.

The Town Council urges members of the public to respect the importance of this area and look to make use of the many other open spaces within Seaford. The Salts, seafront or Martello Fields for recreation or dog walking, and Seaford Head Nature Reserve or the Vanguard Way for walking, are just some examples.

The greenkeeping team will still be on site at the course carrying out necessary maintenance works and where individuals are on areas of the course other than the public footpaths, may kindly request that they stick to the footpaths.

Please contact the Golf Professional, Fraser Morley, with any questions regarding membership or course rules upon reopening, by email at seafordheadproshop@hotmail.co.uk

Town Council Facilities and Concessions

Unlike previous lockdowns, the restrictions imposed have not reached all public facilities. The Town Council is therefore pleased to confirm that, subject to any changes in Government guidance, play areas, recreation grounds, public toilets, car parks and take away concessions all remain open as usual.

There are however restrictions on outdoor gyms, skateparks and sports facilities. Unfortunately, this means that the outdoor gym, skatepark, tennis courts and basketball court at The Salts are closed until further notice.

Town Council Events and Events on Town Council Land

After careful consideration, the Town Council has made the very sad decision to cancel this year’s Seaford Christmas Magic event. This was not a decision easily made but the Town Council must put the safety of its residents, visitors and event volunteers/organisers first.

The Town Council will be working with local organisations and groups to help promote ‘Shop Local’ in December (subject to the lifting of lockdown as planned), including the offering of free car parking in town centre car parks on certain dates (to be announced nearer the time).

Town Council Meetings

The Town Council will continue to hold all Council and Committee meetings virtually rather than in person. The details of any meetings on its website and also issued by email to registered recipients (sign up for these by emailing admin@seafordtowncouncil.gov.uk).

Town Council Projects

The Town Council had to take the difficult decision to cease non-urgent projects immediately until further notice. Officers continue to work hard to devise a project plan for when the Town Council is able to consider future project delivery.

Town Council Offices

The Town Council Offices were closed to members of the public from 20th March 2020 until Government guidance changed. Heeding the Government’s continued advice, the offices will continue to remain closed until further notice.

Officers continue to carry out their normal duties from home and the telephones are switched to the voicemail system, which is monitored throughout the day, with officers equipped to return calls where necessary. The admin@seafordtowncouncil.gov.uk email account continues to be monitored.

Anyone visiting the shared building at 37 Church Street is reminded to wear face coverings whilst in the shared reception areas. While the Police desk remains open to the public, please note that the Tourist Information Centre will be closed from 5th November to 2nd December. Services offered by the Citizen’s Advice Bureau also remain via telephone or online; there is as yet no face-to-face service.

Community Engagement

The Town Council will continue to communicate with the community via social media, the Town Council website, email and by telephone where necessary. In general, the Town Council will be following Government guidelines on limiting social contact and in trying to prevent a second wave of the virus. All measures above are therefore subject to change as deemed necessary.

The Town Council will help to share, where possible, information necessary or helpful to the community.

All at Seaford Town Council thank you for your patience and support during this time