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
The View is open between 8am and 5pm (7am on weekends) and whilst providing a reduced service, still has a varied menu to cater for all types of custom ranging from quick refreshments and snacks to breakfasts and hot meals (please note that food finishes at 3pm on a weekday and 4pm at the weekend).
The View is thrilled to be welcoming customers back to its spacious venue, in which social distancing is easily achieved, meaning visitors can still relax into their surroundings comfortably indoors or outdoors.
Whilst usual functions cannot be facilitated yet, The View is still happy to talk to customers about event bookings and discuss what could be available, with a view to confirming bookings once restrictions are eased further and this is allowed.
The View wishes to thank all their loyal customers in these difficult times and looks forward to working flexibly over the coming months to welcome customers through its doors.
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.
Please note that from Friday 24th July 2020, the wearing of face coverings in the Pro Shop is mandatory. Police have the powers to enforce the rules and can issue fines of up to £100 for those not complying. There are exceptions for children under 11 years of age and those with certain disabilities. The Pro Shop will have the right to refuse entry to anyone without an exemption who refuses to wear a face covering.
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 Government announced in June that members of the public may exercise as often as they wish in outside spaces. In light of this, the Town Council has reopened its play areas, outdoor gym, tennis courts, car parks and is pleased to see that grass-cutting has resumed around the town.
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 urges members of the public to use any facilities 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 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 is pleased to be able to work with external event organisers again to see some outdoor events beginning to return to the town.
The Town Council is working with event organisers to ensure that they have adequate risk assessments in place, with the necessary COVID-19 arrangements, prior to granting permission to hire the Town Council’s land for their event.
The first boot sale of the year is due to be taking place on Sunday 9th August 2020; this will be a trial event to make sure the necessary COVID-19 arrangements are in place and ensure a safe environment and experience for sellers and buyers. After this a further announcement will be made as to whether other boot sales will be able to go ahead.
During the lockdown period, the Town Council was thrilled to be able to host virtual events such as VE Day on 8th May, Sussex Day on 16th June, Armed Forces Day on 27th June, the Mayor’s Civic Service on 4th July and the Town Forum Presentations on 14th July. Fantastic support and appreciation of these events have been received from the public and those that were able to get involved.
Town Council Meetings
In light of new legislation introduced, 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 Town Council’s Planning & Highways Committee intends to hold its first virtual meeting on 6th August 2020. Since March 2020, the Committee has been discussing planning applications by email due to the dramatic reduction in volume of applications being published by Lewes District Council (the Local Planning Authority) but are now eager to begin virtual meetings.
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 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.
Anyone visiting the shared building at 37 Church Street is reminded to wear face coverings whilst in the shared reception areas, namely the Tourist Information Centre (which reopened from Monday 20th July) and the Police desk, which remains open to the public. Please note that the services offered by Citizen’s Advice Bureau remain via telephone or online; there is as yet no face-to-face service.
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.