New home for community groups thanks to council

A town centre shopfront in Lewes has been given a new lease of life as the base for two community groups.

Lewes District Council asked for expressions of interest in 2 Fisher Street last year and the process is now complete, with Lewes Community Volunteers (LCV) preparing to take over the premises in early 2021.

In the meantime, LCV, a group that provides community support through the pandemic, has agreed to share the space with Lewes Climate Hub which is currently using the window area to promote its fundraising auction.

Councillor Johnny Denis, Cabinet member for Communities and Customers, said: “It is fantastic to see this shopfront being put to such good use for the benefit of the community.

“Previously, 2 Fisher Street had been used short-term for events such as Artwave but we wanted a longer-term solution. We are delighted to support LCV in the superb work it does helping the most vulnerable in our community through this difficult time.”

Councillor Matthew Bird, Cabinet member for Sustainability, said: “Lewes Climate Hub had been looking for a home and this venue in the heart of the town is the perfect place for the group to carry out its work on tackling climate crisis.

“As a council we are fully committed to engaging with our communities in tackling the climate emergency. The Climate Hub is a great addition to existing initiatives such as the Community Climate Action Forum and the Ouse Valley CARES Partnership.”

Oli Henman, a trustee of LCV, said: “The Covid pandemic has led to a challenging time for many people in our town but the solidarity shown by local residents and volunteers has been a beacon of light. We’re really excited about the future of LCV, this space will allow the group to continue to support local people and to connect effectively with other voluntary groups in the common interest of supporting our community.”