Open letter to Parliamentary candidates

Response from Caroline Ansell, Conservative & Unionist Party
Response from Stephen Lloyd, Liberal Democrats
Response from Jake Lambert, Labour Party
Response from Ken Pollock, Independent
Response from Stephen Gander, The Brexit Party


Eastbourne is home to a growing number of digital and creative professionals.

Some work for companies based locally. Many are location independent, working remotely from their clients or colleagues and free to choose anywhere as their home.

To work this way, we need high-speed internet access and reliable transport links to Brighton, London and beyond.

Within Eastbourne, we desire a built environment that enriches our lives and the lives of our children who see opportunities worth staying for rather than the need to leave in pursuit of meaningful work.

As a prospective parliamentary candidate representing our best interests, we invite you to let us know how you and your party will address these issues to ensure Eastbourne remains a place that location-independent workers want to live and the local digital and creative industry is supported by central government policy

Please respond to stuart@cohub.co.uk, or in writing to:

Stuart Lambert
Cohub
1 Commercial Road
Eastbourne BN21 3XQ.

We will circulate your responses to our 90+ members along with any received from other candidates.

Best regards,
Stuart Lambert
Co-founder
Cohub Coworking


Response from Caroline Ansell

Conservative and Unionist Party

Thank you for the opportunity for me to give a specific focus to my local – and my Party’s national – manifesto. The digital and creative industries are the growth and energy for the future of our community and as such, hugely important to me and to Eastbourne.

I want to see Eastbourne find new ways to engage, collaborate and leverage the amazing energy, creativity and skills that are apparent across the diverse communities that make up this growing, increasingly young and vibrant coastal town.

A rebalancing of the UK economy, is not just for the North, but is as important to this town and others across the south coast. By representing Eastbourne, really engaging and listening to all, and taking that to the national policy arena, will be the biggest contribution I can provide.

Could we establish a new ‘Eastbourne Digital Forum’? A local forum of the digital/creative sector, institutions, employers, schools, experts across the community – to build from the great work that we have all participated in in recent years, to provide more support, impetus and scaling opportunities. Let’s meet to look at what we can do to develop an ongoing platform for activities, showcasing, and collaboration.

As part of my commitment to the promotion of local digital and creative industries, in my second term – if elected – I will continue to be a champion for coastal communities in Westminster and:

– engage in creative, digital All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPG), and Select Committees to drive the agenda and raise the profile of Eastbourne, and learn from peers in other towns and coastal communities

– build from the recent House of Lords Select Committee report on coastal communities:
https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/lords-select/regenerating-seaside-towns/ We have several interested representations based locally that can feed into this.

– get involved in new funding programmes are being shaped on local transformation agendas – Towns Fund, High Streets, Business Improvement Districts, Future Networks/5G testbeds, industrial strategy challenges – from the ageing society, to manufacturing, skills, trade and investment.

– pursue opportunities within the Community Ownership Fund – £150 million – to encourage local takeovers of civic organisations or community assets:
threat https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/civil-society-strategy-building-a-future-that-works-for-everyone/2-places-empowerment-and-investment-for-local-communities

– and likewise through the Cultural Investment Fund which seeks to support activities, traditions and events that bring communities together: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-250-million-culture-investment-fund-launched

– raise the profile of Eastbourne, in the wide reach of SELEP

– be a Regional infrastructure advocate, to open up the local economy, logistics, attractiveness for investment. A re-energised focus on the interests of Eastbourne to the Transport for the South East strategy – http://www.tfse.org.uk/transport-strategy

– lead a drive for fibre infrastructure to enable 5G – engaging the alternative network providers to engage with Eastbourne’s growing economy – CityFibre, Hyperoptic, et al.

– find new models to engage schools and interest groups in the digital, creative, and address inclusion and minority interests.

– embrace CleanTech with our South Downs National Park gateway town status and using sustainability as a platform for this town’s creativity, develop solutions towards living as a resilient and sustainable community.

These of course are ‘opening’ plans, I’m keen to hear more from all of those who work in the digital and creative sector to formulate the best plans for our home town and to work together to put Eastbourne on the map.

With my best regards,

Caroline

Conservative Parliamentary Candidate
Eastbourne & Willingdon


Response from Stephen Lloyd

Liberal Democrats

None received


Response from Jake Lambert

Labour Party

None received


Response from Ken Pollock

Indepdendent

None received


Response from Stephen Gander

The Brexit Party

None received