Consultation launched over taxi licensing guidance

People are invited to have their say about how taxi and private hire drivers are licensed across the Lewes district.  Lewes District Council, which is the licensing authority for all Hackney Carriage and Private Hire applicants in the district, launched the six-week consultation today (Monday, January 25).  The council has reviewed its guidance regarding those seeking licences to take account of the Department […]

New permit system for garden waste collections ‘improves efficiency’

Lewes District Council has introduced a new streamlined system for its garden waste collection service using bin permits, online payments and all renewals at the same time every year.  The cost remains £70 a year, equating to less than 20p per day.   Rather than asking people to renew their subscription on the anniversary of their sign-up date, the service will now run annually from April to the end of the following […]

Lewes Holocaust Memorial Day 2021

Holocaust Memorial Day remembers the millions of people who suffered in the Holocaust and in the genocides which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur.  Lewes is commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day by hosting live and virtual events including:• online discussion• haiku workshop• online spoken word event To find out more information visit  We also encourage people to […]

Eastbourne’s Holocaust memorial online hub

22 January to 1 February Holocaust Memorial Day remembers the millions of people who suffered in the Holocaust and in the genocides which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur.  Eastbourne is commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day by hosting an online hub from  22 January to1 February.  The online hub can be accessed at The hub contains  videos of poems, […]

Historic “Kempston” saved

It’s been announced this week that a much-loved building in Eastbourne has been saved from the bulldozer. Councillors and campaigners fought a vocal campaign to preserve the historic building Kempston but were over-ruled by the Planning Inspectorate. The building, in Granville Road, stimulated councillors to extend the College Conservation Area, […]

Change to official school closure: Tuesday 5 January 2021 to Friday 12 February 2021 – The Lindfield School, Eastbourne

There have been changes to the following school closure: School: The Lindfield School, EastbourneUnique school code: 7031Closed: Tuesday 5 January 2021 to Friday 12 February 2021Reason: Emergency closure – otherMore information: All schools are affected by the Government advice to partly close. Please check the local arrangements with your school.Update […]

Council-run scheme to steer young people away from crime receives £8,000

An early intervention scheme that tackles the underlying causes of criminal behaviour among young people has been awarded £8,000 towards its running costs in Eastbourne and Lewes.  Restoring Eastbourne and Lewes, operated by the Eastbourne Business Crime Group in partnership with Eastbourne Borough Council and Lewes District Council working with Sussex Police and the Youth Offending Team, was recently successful in its bid for […]

Maria Caulfield MP welcomes Government support to give every child in Lewes constituency access to a high-quality remote education

Maria Caulfield MP has welcomed the measures the Government has put in place to ensure every student across the Lewes Constituency receives a high-quality remoted education while schools are closed. Throughout the pandemic, education has been a national priority, and thanks to the efforts of teachers and school staff across […]