Commissioner question time

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Registration is now open for the county’s residents to have their say at the next Police and Crime Community Conversation event.

The event is an opportunity for the public to question Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne, Chief Constable Giles York and Divisional Commander Neil Honnor.

Christina Ewbank, chief executive of Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce will be a guest panelist.

The debate, chaired by the Hastings Observer editor-in-chief, Keith Ridley, will be held at the Winter Garden in Eastbourne on Tuesday 9 December.

Commenting ahead of the event, Mrs Bourne said: “I’m really looking forward to meeting East Sussex residents and formally introducing Giles York as the new Chief Constable of Sussex.

“I’m particularly delighted that we are bringing this conversation to the Winter Garden and that we will be joined by a representative from the business community.

“These events will help inform policing priorities in Sussex and, most importantly, provide an opportunity for residents to pose questions about topical issues directly to me, the Chief Constable and Divisional Commander.

“The first community conversation was in Hove last month and, despite the wet weather, more than 150 people attended and had their say on a range of issues that included drug use, the impact of police savings, road safety and street drinkers. It made for a very frank, challenging and engaging evening.”

Chief Constable York said: “This will be another great opportunity for me to meet the public in Sussex.

“I want to hear the views of the residents of Hastings and East Sussex about the policing issues which are important to them.”

Doors open at 6pm and the event is scheduled for two hours. You can submit a question in advance for the panel in the following ways: E-mail: or write to Eastbourne Herald, Berkeley House, 26, Gildredge Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4SA