Opening times and contact details over Christmas and New Year

East Sussex County Council's main offices will close at 5pm on Wednesday 24 December 2014 and open again at 8am on Friday 2 January 2015.

Problems that pose an immediate threat to life or welfare should be referred to Sussex Police on 101, or dial 999 in an emergency.

Adult social care and children's services

For social care enquiries during normal office hours – Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm, Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm – please call our contact centres:

  • for adults – phone: 0345 60 80 191
  • for children and families – phone: 0345 60 80 192

Please note: The adult social care contact centre is also open 29 to 31 December 2014, from 8.30am to 5pm.

For out-of-hours emergencies – from 5pm to 8.30am on weekdays or at any time over bank holidays and weekends – please call the Emergency Duty Team:

  • for adults – phone: 01323 636399
  • for children and families phone: 01273 335905 or 335906.

Roads and parking

For general enquiries, please ring the Highways Contact Centre on 0345 60 80 193 and leave a message or email

For out-of-hours emergencies affecting the roads in East Sussex, other than traffic accidents, please call our emergency out of hours service on 01323 644422.

For more information about parking arrangements over the holidays please see:


Most libraries will be open as usual in the period between Christmas and New Year, excluding bank holidays. Check details here:

Registration offices

Our registration offices will close at 2pm on Wednesday 24 December 2014. All offices re-open at 9am on Monday 29 December 2014 for normal office hours, excluding bank holidays.

Check the normal opening times of registration offices.

East Sussex Record Office – The Keep

The Keep will close at 1pm on Wednesday 24 December 2014 and re-open at 9.30am on Friday 2 January 2014.

Borough and district councils

For flooding or similar emergencies please ring your local borough or district council on one of the following numbers:

  • Eastbourne Borough Council – 01323 410051
  • Hastings Borough Council – 01424 451999
  • Lewes District Council – 01323 644422
  • Rother District Council – 01424 787868
  • Wealden District Council – 01323 443322
  • District and borough council websites.