Telscombe Town Council covers Telscombe Cliffs, East Saltdean and Telscombe Village. There are approximately 3,300 properties in its areas and 5,700 electors. The Council owns the Civic Centre on the corner of Central Avenue and the South Coast Road which houses the Council offices and also offers rooms for hire. The Council owns Telscombe Tye, Chatsworth Park (including 2 children’s playgrounds), The Copse at Telscombe Cliffs Way and Robert Kingan playground off Bannings Vale in East Saltdean.
Telscombe Town Council has 13 Councillors and 1 full-time and 6 part-time members of staff. The Mayor and Deputy Mayor are chosen annually at the Annual Council Meeting in May. Meetings of the full Council and Committees are held bi-monthly, apart from the Planning & Highways Committee which meets every 3 weeks. Staff details are contained within the ‘contact us’ section and Councillor details within the ‘Councillor’ section.
Telscombe Town Council came into being as Telscombe Parish Council in January 1929. Before that date it existed as a Parish meeting.
In 1974 with changes in Local Government, the Council became a Town Council with a Mayor. The first Mayor of Telscombe was Mrs Molly Pratten and she served on the Town Council for twenty-five years.
Councillors at that time commissioned a silver and enamel brooch which was designed by a student at Brighton Polytechnic as part of a degree course. The brooch was presented to Mrs Pratten and its design has become the Council’s logo. The double ‘T’ shows that there are two parts to the Council’s area, Telscombe Cliffs and Village and East Saltdean. The small green symbol in the Centre represents Telscombe Tye, the red bricks on one of the ‘T’ symbols represents houses and the blue in the other ‘T’ represents the sea.
The Council has three Committees:- Amenities & Civic Centre, Planning & Highways and Policy & Resources. The Mayor and Deputy Mayor are members of each Committee.
The Civic Centre is staffed by the Town Clerk (full time), Amenities Officer (4 days a week), Admin & Finance Assistant (mornings plus Tue-Wed afternoons), Admin Assistant (afternoons) & three part-time Caretakers.
The Town Council bought a plot of land on the South Coast Road, Telscombe Cliffs in April 1997 and proceeded to build the Telscombe Civic Centre. It took a lot of planning and a great deal of work but has been very worthwhile to see the Civic Centre become a success. The Town Clerk moved into the Civic Centre in February 2000 and a few months later, builders moved in to finish the first floor of the building with rooms first hired out in 2001
Regular events in the Centre, before Covid-19 restrictions included:- weekly yoga, pilates, children’s dance classes, Deans Senior Tea Club tea morning; monthly – Telscombe Residents Association, Breast Cancer Support Group meeting, Bereavement Group meetings, Flower Club, bingo in aid of Telscombe Mayor’s charity fund, Women’s Institute meetings plus lots more. See our ‘What’s On’ heading for full information. The Saltdean Language School also hires rooms at different times through the year for foreign students’ lessons. Hopefully these will start up again sometime in 2021.