At the January meeting of the Neighbourhood Panel Sandy Boyce-Sharpe advised she was standing down as Chairman and, following discussions with Inspector Rachel Barrow and many regular Panel Members, had pleasure in putting forward William Pratt as her successor.

William lives locally, has been a tutor at The Eastbourne Academy in Hampden Park for many year, has been Church Warden at St Mary’s in Hampden Park for a long time, is well known in the community and a member of local groups, has been a member of this Panel since it was started, been invited to join other local Panels, and has willingly accepted the invitation to take the chair.

Sandy’s work and commitment was commented on by Insp. Rachel Barrow when she presented a large bouquet and some wine on behalf of the Neighbourhood Policing Team with their thanks to Sandy for having set up and kept this panel running for over 5 years.

Sandy thanked the Police and Panel Members for their support.  The Police for always being on the end of the telephone when she needed them, EBC Officers for always being ready and willing to deal with local issues as they were reported, and with alacrity, and all the numerous members of the Panel who in their various ways had made this a very enjoyable time. She commented ‘you, I hope, know who you are and these are my sincere thanks for 5+ years of untiring support for me in this role’.

Dates of Panel Meetings 2017

The Hampden Park Neighbourhood Panel always meets at the Railway Club, Station Approach, Hampden Park and we offer grateful thanks for their hospitality, warmth, tea, coffee, etc.

Hampden ParkCAN

The Hampden Park Neighbourhood Panel, in their endeavours to meet one of their criterias and Improve the Street Scene in the village, has formed a Hampden ParkCAN group. 

The first empty shop whose windows we have been able to transform is the old Tesco store on the corner of Brassey Parade.

Photograph shows some of the group who cleaned it up and erected the display panels which were kindly loaned to the Panel by EastbourneCAN

Community Drop-in

Community Drop-in, every Friday 1pm to 3pm, at Gateway on the corner of Lottbridge Drive and Frenchgate Road.  Come in for a chat over a free coffee or tea and biscuits.

During the month we are joined by representatives from the Council, Police and Neighbourhood Watch.

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Eastbourne Borough Council Neighbourhood First Team Surgeries

Eastbourne Borough Council has appointed three Neighbourhood First Officers to cover the Hampden Park area and others nearby.  They are Emma Jordan, Mirka Kitti and Andrew Tilney. 

They are available via the EBC telephone number 410000, they attend the Neighbourhood Panel meetings, are always walking and visiting the area and hold regular surgeries for anyone to drop in and chat with them regarding problems.

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 Hampden Park Neighbourhood Panel News

Your Neighbourhood Panel is your Forum for Action

This Panel has been in being for nearly eight and a half years and was one of the first Panels formed in Eastbourne.  The area covered includes all of Hampden Park from Kings Church to Tugwell Park, Cross Levels Way to The Eastbourne Academy, the A22 to Willingdon Park Drive.

We meet every 6 weeks throughout the year at the Railway Club, Station Approach in Hampden Park.   Every third meeting is in the evening.  Please see dates for 2017 in the adjacent column.   

These meetings are held to enable the community, residents and businesses, to bring forward issues or problems they have regarding the area they live and work in and we enjoy regular attendance from representatives of all groups within the community, school Council, the hospice, traders, resident associations, community housing officers, etc..  The Panel has the authority to summon Officers and Political representatives to address any issues raised, and endeavour to follow through until solutions are sourced. 

By invitation there is regular attendance by our MP, Borough and County Councillors, the Police, the Police Crime Commissioner, Network Rail, Borough and County Officers to address such issues as parking, drains, highways, lighting, etc.

The panel meetings enable local groups, residents and traders to influence the people who make the decisions.  A copy of the notes taken at every meeting of this Panel can be accessed by navigating the links above on this page so have a look and see what is discussed.

We are very grateful to the Railway Club for offering warm and welcoming facility, plus tea and coffee, for the community Panel meetings and look forward to seeing you there.

Success stories

The Panel have introduced a no cold calling zone that covers all the houses in Hampden Park East accessed from the Hydneye roundabout.  Future zones are being discussed and if you would like your area considered please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Southern Railway and Network Rail, after some years of negotiation with this Panel, have transformed land on Mallard Close, adjacent to the station, into a commuter car park that is cheaper than Eastbourne or Polegate.   

The Panel have formed their own Hampden ParkCAN group (emulating the successful EastbourneCAN) and are working with local estate agents to put posters, etc., in empty shop windows in the village.

We have received agreement by East Sussex County Council that they will replace the Brodrick Road footbridge over the railway, but unfortunately not for another 10 years.  It has taken nearly 5 years to achieve this commitment but, in the interim, the lighting has been replaced, the twitten widened, overhanging foliage cut back and long standing graffiti painted out making using the bridge safer and a more pleasant experience.

Current issues

With the gas and rail works being complete it is hoped the village will be back to normal for 2014 but a pertinent issue being handled by County Councillor Blanch is the proposal by ESCC to remove the Children’s Crossing Patrols, or lollipop ladies, from outside Heronpark School and the crossing on Brodrick Road.  If this affects you or your children please let us know.

You can email Cllr Blanch on or through the Panel Chairman on

Issues brought to the attention of the Borough and County Councils by your Panel include the improvement of infrastructure in the village, the state of the pavements, flooding during persistent rain, etc. 

Your panel is constantly looking into the provision of youth facilities, looks forward to the new skatepark to be built in 2014 and welcomes RoC’s initiative to provide facilities for the community in the village centre which will include food bank distribution, internet facilities, debt advice, after school clubs and much more.

The new Neighbourhood First Team Advisors that have been introduced by Eastbourne Borough Council are active in the area and encourage you to call 01323 410000 to report any issue.  We hope you all had an opportunity when they were up an about in the community asking residents for their ‘wish list’ for their Ward.  You might not have instantly recognised them as they were disguised as Father C and his Elves!!

You can email and we hope to list on this website the dates and venues of the teams surgeries.  You can alternatively come to a meeting as the Neighbourhood First Team are always in attendance.  


There is an ongoing issue with drivers mis-using the level crossing but British Transport Police patrol regularly and issue fixed penalty notices to all wrongdoers.  Better to be late than ‘the late’ if you meet that train on the crossing.

If you look at the crime statistics in the Police report of the Panel meeting notes you will see that crime is reducing year on year thanks to our local Neighbourhood Policing Team.  If you have a problem please call 101 for non urgent but the usual 999 for crime in progress.    

How you can be involved

If you know of someone with an issue please encourage them to bring it to the Panel rather than just share it with neighbours.  Help us make the community aware of the Neighbourhood Panel. If you, or a member of your family, belong to a local club or group please pass the word around about this new initiative to address crime and problems in the community.  If there are issues to be addressed please encourage people to take them to the panel rather than discuss them amongst themselves.  You can email your panel chairman.