The Town Council often liaises with other local authorities helping represent the needs of the town and acting as the ‘voice of Seaford’.
This includes considering planning applications every three weeks for planning permissions being sought from Lewes District Council within the town. The voluntary Town Councillors on the Town Council’s Planning Committee look at each application in great detail, visiting the site and assessing the material planning conditions alongside any views voiced by local residents. This has included some high profile cases within the town, such as the development plans for the former Newlands School site, the proposals for the Chyngton Way field, the proposed change of use of the Avondale Hotel and the Fisher’s Wharf proposals in Newhaven.
One key project the Town Council has undertaken is the creation of the Seaford Neighbourhood Plan which came in to effect following a successful referendum in Feb 2020. The Plan was subject to various stages of public consultation and was devised with the input of local volunteers at every stage. Full information about the Seaford Neighbourhood Plan can be found on the Neighbourhood Plan page.
The Town Council also works with the District Council (Lewes) to review its activities which effect the town, such as its Tourism & Regeneration Strategy and the Local Plan (which includes housing allocation plans).
The Town Council has worked with local authorities to review both beach and cliff safety signage along the cost; particularly poignant following cliff falls. This also saw the start of the review of the beach/sea defence management plan by the Environment Agency, which the Town Council will endeavour to publicise as widely as possible once released.
Regular communication has been held with East Sussex County Council regarding its activities that effect the town including, the reduction in frequency of grass verge cutting and the parking review along the seafront and designation of motorhome parking areas.
Town Council Officers regularly meet with Officers of other local authorities and work hard to maintain good, open communication channels.