Month: May 2020


Residents and business owners across the Lewes district have been thanked for their fortitude during the current health crisis. The largest elected group on Lewes District Council has praised the response of individuals, voluntary organisations, health workers and council staff during these unprecedented times. Conservative councillors have uniformly welcomed the […]

A message from the leaders of the Co-operative Alliance on Lewes District Council, Cllr Zoe Nicholson, Cllr James MacCleary, Cllr Chris Collier and Cllr Steve Saunders

Some words of gratitude have been received:- “We would like to send a heartfelt thank you to all our residents.  Thanks is owed, for the way local people have responded to the restrictions placed on them since the lockdown was announced on March 23. We know the last eight weeks have […]

Free delivery of caddy liners promotes food recycling during pandemic

Lewes District Council is introducing free delivery of compostable liners to encourage residents to continue recycling their leftover food during the Covid-19 crisis.  While free compostable liners for food waste have long been available to residents, these had to be collected from locations across the district such as council offices or tourist information centres.  With these pick-up locations currently closed and vulnerable residents unable to leave their homes to […]

Council waste team praised for extra clean-ups

Lewes District Council’s street cleansing crews have gone into overdrive during lockdown taking on extra duties to keep the district looking its best.  The Environment First team has extended its rounds into areas the council is not responsible for cleaning, to ensure people can enjoy clean and litter free surroundings when they go out for exercise.  Councillor Julie Carr, Cabinet member […]

Furlough scheme extended

The government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will remain open until the end of October. Furloughed workers across UK will continue to receive 80% of their current salary, up to £2,500 a month. From the start of August, furloughed workers will be able to return to work part-time with employers being […]

We remember Stephen Lucas and his family after hearing the sad news of the sudden and unexpected death of his wife, Revd Pauline Lucas, vicar of Kirdford with Plaistow & Ifold. ( West Sussex). Pauline died on Good Friday.  Although this news is belated it is important that we do […]

Public Embraces Email Reporting Service Created After Spike In Coronavirus-Related Scams

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) launched the pioneering ‘Suspicious Email Reporting Service’ in April to make it easier than ever to flag suspicious emails – including those claiming to offer services related to coronavirus. As part of the Cyber Aware campaign, the NCSC successfully launched its suspicious email reporting service, resulting […]

Seahaven FM superstar

Seahaven FM is sending a massive congratulations to Ryan Millns, who this morning at 7am became the first radio presenter ever to present on 24 Radio Stations In 24 Hours! He has currently raised over £1,400 for the NHS. You can still donate by clicking Ryan-Millns What a Fantastic achievement! Well […]

Council ‘leads from the front’ with Covid-19 response

Cabinet councillors were today (May 7) updated about Lewes District Council’s rapid and far-reaching response to the pandemic at its first ‘remote’ meeting since the Covid-19 outbreak.   The Co-operative Alliance welcomed the raft of council schemes that were speedily implemented with positive impacts for residents and businesses, such as setting up a community hub to distribute thousands of food parcels to vulnerable people, writing to every resident in […]

Covid-19 cost to council could be as high as £380,000 a week

Cabinet councillors today (May 7) heard that Covid-19 is having an ‘unprecedented, detrimental impact’ on council finances and further government support is needed to cover huge losses caused by the pandemic.  In line with many local authorities across the country, Lewes District Council’s income could fall drastically because  of the coronoavirus crisis, planned savings are not being achieved and spending has soared. The council estimates that additional […]


The government’s Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) is still failing to protect businesses from across the logistics sector from financial calamity, claims leading business organisation FTA ( Freight Transport association), thanks to the failure of those implementing the scheme to speed decision-making and process applications in good time.  And, […]

Covid-19 posters for your customers

A selection of posters have been made available for business owners to display on their premises, including guidance on delivery and collection services, reminders for social distancing and closed due to Covid-19 messages. To access and download the posters visit here: Emergency funding for artists and creative freelancers The £1.5m […]

Ve Day 75

In 1945, after six long years, people came together to celebrate the end of fighting in Europe. Seventy-five years on we can’t hold street parties with family or friends to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice, those who returned home, and all who fought on the Home Front. But […]

Education in and Beyond Lockdown

On Monday 4th May, 280 teachers, parents, support staff, heads and governors in Brighton and Hove took part in a webinar hosted by the National Education Union. The lively discussion was led by five guest panellists: Caroline Lucas MP, Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP, Dr Mary Bousted Joint General Secretary of the NEU, […]

Return of bulky waste collections to Lewes district is welcomed

Bookings have re-opened for bulky waste collections in Lewes district after the service was temporarily suspended in mid-March due to the coronavirus crisis.  Bulky waste covers items which cannot be recycled or disposed of in household or communal bins such as kitchen appliances and furniture.  With household waste, recycling and garden waste collections continuing as usual, bulky waste was the only element of Lewes […]

Domestic abuse – you are not alone

Following the Government guidance and staying at home isn’t easy for anyone, but it is particularly difficult if you are living with an abuser. The stay-at-home instruction does not apply if you need to leave home to escape domestic abuse. These strange circumstances can increase the risk of harm. Survivors […]