East Sussex Active Access for Growth

1. East Sussex Active Access for Growth Programme

ESCC has successfully obtained a £1.2 m funding from the DfT to deliver a programme of active travel across East Sussex . The Active Access for Growth Programme will run from 2017 to 2020, focusing on the growth areas of Newhaven, Eastbourne & South Wealden and Bexhill/Hastings. See link: Active Access for Growth

Three officers and five delivery partners are available to help East Sussex residents in our focus areas to explore how walking, cycling or public transport can help you go places. There will be a particular focus on targeting those that are currently inactive, that are struggling to access work opportunities, with the aim to broaden employment and training horizons and support greater access to educational opportunities.

Activities offered will include :


  • Active Steps a 10-week cycling programme
  • Cycle/Electric Cycle Loan Schemes
  • School cycle activities and challenges


  • ‘Walk Doctors’ – Journey planning
  • Active Travel Maps
  • Walking challenges and pledges

Independent travel training and public transport

  • Independent Travel Training and transition activities for secondary schools

Exploring the South Downs

  • Led walks and rides in the South Downs National Park
  • Walking & Cycling Leader Training

Community Grant Scheme

Contact Details

The core engagement team of the programme is made up of two Sustrans and one Living Streets officer.

The wider engagement team includes: East Sussex Pedal Power, South Downs National Park Authority, Sussex Community Rail Partnership, University of Brighton and East Sussex Wheels to Work.

For more information, please contact the AAfG Programme Manager Marina Littek at either AAfG@eastsussex.gov.uk or marina.littek@sustrans.org.uk

2. Active Access for Growth (AAfG) Community Fund

Active Access for Growth community grants – round 2

The AAfG community fund is now closed.

The fund is managed by Sustrans on behalf of East Sussex County Council. For any queries, please contact: marina.littek@sustrans.org.uk

Active Access for Growth Grants have been awarded to the organisations below so far in 2018/19:

AAfG grants awarded:

  • 1066 Cycle Club, Battle

To encourage cycling for all (including disadvantaged people) as a utility, recreational and healthy means of transport, and to support the 1006 Country Ride.

  • FSN Charity, Hastings

72 Mindfulness Walking sessions over a one-year period for those affected by poor mental & physical health.

  • Bike Lab,Hastings

Increased opening times of the community bicycle workshop.

  • Cycling without Age, Seaford

Match funding for specially adapted trikshaw, designed to give free rides to elderly residents. Volunteer opportunities for those currently unemployed and with health conditions.

  • Education Futures Trust, Hastings

Cycling and bike maintenance courses for 13–18 year olds excluded from mainstream education.

  • Seaford Head School, Seaford

Pool bikes for school staff

  • Oakwood Primary Academy, Eastbourne

Cycle promotion initiatives

  • Sandown Primary School, Hastings

School cycle storage

  • Annecy Primary, Seaford

‘Wild Beach’ cycle rides held by 2 trained members of staff, to encourage children and parents to be more active.

What is the AAfG community fund?

Active Access for Growth, funded through DfT Access Fund, focuses on inspiring and enhancing existing and longer term active travel (cycling, walking and public transport) across three key growth areas – Newhaven, Eastbourne/South Wealden and Bexhill/Hastings

The AAfG Community Fund aims to help community groups, voluntary organisations and educational establishments to actively promote increasing the number of people travelling to employment, education and training by walking and cycling, along with actively promoting increased levels of physical activity. Please note that this is revenue funding only.

What we will fund:

Project applications will be required to meet with the overall AAfG programme objectives of local economic growth and increased levels of physical activity through:

  • Providing support to people who are physically inactive, and those with chronic health conditions and who want to increase their levels of physical activity
  • Increase travel choices for people who are long term unemployed to access work
  • Increasing the number of people walking or cycling to work, education or training establishments

Please contact marina.littek@sustrans.org.uk for more information.