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, setting out the exit strategy out of lockdown, the Town Council has reviewed the measures it has put in place, as follows:
The View at Seaford Head
From 20th March 2020, The View at Seaford Head was closed to the public.
Upon closing, The View team was pleased to support the community by donating all remaining fresh produce to the Seahaven Storehouse.
All customers with event bookings during this period of closure were contacted and many have expressed an interest in rescheduling their booking once restrictions allow. The View looks forward to working flexibly with those affected to enable these events and celebrations to be held and thanks these customers for their loyalty in these difficult times.
In line with the next stage of the Government’s exit strategy, from Saturday 4th July, The View will re-open providing a reduced service between 8am and 4pm. Full details will be advertised on The View’s website and Facebook Page.
Seaford Head Golf Course
In line with the Government’s announcement on 23rd March 2020, Seaford Head Golf Course closed from 24th March 2020. From Monday 18th May 2020 the Course re-opened to the public in line with the Government’s lockdown exit strategy.
There are amended rules on play and in particular, measures in place to ensure that social distancing is maintained. In summary:
• Only four people may tee off at any one time (up to four balls) – these may be people from different households and may be members and non-members i.e. green fee players. The Town Council is looking at the feasibility of increasing the number of players per tee and will make a further announcement once all considerations have been taken into account.
• No group booking will be taken over two tee times.
• Arrive only 5/10 mins before your tee time and leave straight after completing your round.
• All tee times should be booked in advance, turning up without a pre booked tee time will not be allowed.
• The first tee time of the day will be 7am weekdays – 6.30am weekends.
• There will be a marked pathway and passing points on and off the course due to the layout of current access.
• Only one person will be allowed into the Pro Shop in addition to staff members – follow the signs provided.
• Social distancing markers will be in place outside the Pro Shop, including in the car park.
• Access to toilets will be open but not to use as changing rooms, please change in car park – all doors will be fixed open to reduce contact with shared surfaces.
• Players are asked to observe the 2 metre social distancing guidelines at all times and the Council can only but trust that players will adhere to this when using the Course and its facilities.
• Hire buggies will not be available – members own buggies can be used if rules are adhered to and social distancing is maintained.
• Membership forms are to be issued via email with the membership cost calculated pro-rata for the year to 1st June (so a 1/6th discount) – other copies will be available at the Pro Shop with Direct Debit Forms if required. Fees will be due immediately and wherever possible, before you play your first round.
The Golf Professional and Greenkeeping team have continued to attend the Course for security and essential maintenance reasons.
Paramount to the Town Council is the safety of its staff, members and visitors to the course, so anyone not observing social distancing or adhering to rules, may have to be asked to leave the premises.
The Town Council strongly urges anyone currently shielding or vulnerable people to refrain from playing the sport until your safety can be more guaranteed.
Please contact the Golf Professional, Fraser Morley, with any questions regarding the Course or rules for play on 01323 890 139 (option 1) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Town Council Facilities and Concessions
The most recent Government announcement has advised that members of the public may exercise as often as they wish in outside spaces, including the use of outside recreational facilities such as play areas and outside gyms. The Town Council urges members of the public to do this responsibly, complying with guidance on social distancing;
• Maintaining 2 metres distance from those not a part of your household
• Meeting in groups of no more than 6 people (from 1st June)
• Reducing contact with shared surfaces as best possible
• Ensuring you wash your hands regularly and thoroughly, in particular when you have been outside your home
The tennis courts re-opened from 13th May and cutting of the grass in Town Council-owned open spaces is also due to begin again. All Town Council owned car parks were also re-opened with effect from 13th May, with members of public using these urged to maintain social distancing.
In partnership with Lewes District Council, from Monday 22nd June all public toilets were re-opened. The Town Council urges members of the public to take responsibility for their own hygiene and observe all COVID-19 guidance.
Toilet facilities remain unavailable in the South Hill Barn area until further notice as there is no ability to comply with the national guidance at this present time.
The Town Council has supported refreshment concessions to re-open to provide take away services in line with Government guidelines and social distancing, most of which opened from 23rd May. Other concession holders are also being supported and encouraged to trade again, following Government guidelines and social distancing. This is however down to the individual concession holder when they wish to re-open.
The Town Council has made the difficult decision to cancel the installation of the eight seasonal short-term rental West View Beach Huts for the 2020 season. This decision was due to the Town Council being unable to provide the required between booking cleaning to limit risks of infection. Guidance permitting, the West View Beach Huts will be installed April 2021.
Town Council Events and Events on Town Council Land
The Town Council cancelled all planned events from 20th March 2020 until further notice.
The Town Council was thrilled to be able to host virtual events such as VE Day on 8th May, Sussex Day on 16th June and Veterans and Armed Forces Day 27th June. Fantastic support and appreciation of these events have been received from the public and those that were able to get involved.
All other events due to take place from 20th March 2020 via outside groups/organisations on Town Council land are also cancelled until further notice. This includes car boot sales.
Town Council Meetings
In light of updated of new legislation introduce, The Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020, the Town Council is legally able to hold its Council and committee meetings virtually using software that still enables members of the public to attend should they wish.
The Town Council continues to post details of any meetings on its website and by email to registered recipients (sign up for these by emailing email@example.com).
The level of planning applications being published by Lewes District Council for consultation has reduced dramatically (as was expected) so the Town Council’s Planning & Highways Committee continues to discuss these by email but welcomes comments from members of the public, which the Committee will take in to consideration. Again, details of all applications are published on the Town Council’s website and by email.
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 advice in its announcement on 10th May, the offices will continue to remain closed until further notice.
Officers continue to carry out their normal duties from home and the telephones will be switched to the voicemail system, which is monitored throughout the day, with Officers equipped to return calls where necessary. The firstname.lastname@example.org email account continues to be monitored.
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.
Review Frequency: Upon an announcement by Government dictating change.