Category: Lewes District Council

Lewes District Council calls on Lewes MP to oppose government planning reforms

Lewes District Council has supported a motion calling on Maria Caulfield, MP for Lewes, to oppose the government’s proposed planning reforms. Councillor Robert Banks, ward councillor for Plumpton, East Chiltington, Streat and St John Without, brought the motion at Full Council on 23rd November. Councillor Banks said: “The cross-party opposition […]

Council extends orders to prevent anti-social behaviour

Lewes District Council has renewed two Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) to prevent street drinking and dog fouling.  PSPOs are measures councils can use to protect the community from anti-social behaviour and they restrict what people can do in specific areas.  The two orders, which were put in place in 2017 for three years, were due to expire this month unless renewed. […]

Local Restrictions Support Grant portal is now live

The Local Restrictions Support Grant portal is now live. These grants are to help businesses which have been mandated to close during the current lockdown by central government. For details about eligibility and to apply visit…/help-for-businesses/. If you need help understanding the schemes put in place to help businesses through […]

Lewes District Council: ‘deep misgivings’ about planning reforms

The consultation on the government’s planning reforms has drawn stinging criticism from Cabinet councillors at Lewes District Council today (12 November). The Cabinet report outlined the authority’s ‘deep misgivings’ on government proposals that would see the housing requirement for Lewes district nearly double, from 483 to 800 properties a year […]

Council is ‘committed to building wealth in communities’ through recovery plan

Lewes District Council is moving forward with a wide-reaching programme that has community wealth building at its core, to meet the challenges it faces due to Covid-19 and support a district-wide recovery.   This approach aims to keep as much wealth as possible in the local economy through the creation or new local jobs and new locally owned enterprise, to ensure a sustainable future.   Cabinet councillors today (November 12) heard about progress with this recovery and reset programme in four headline […]

Opposition to ‘wild west’ planning reforms has ‘united us all’

Lewes District Council has submitted a ‘candid and critical’ response to the government’s recently announced consultation on reforms to the planning system.  A report updating Cabinet members will be considered on November 12. The controversial reforms would see the government’s housing requirement for Lewes district nearly double, from 483 to […]

New community minibus thanks to council’s CIL funding

Lewes District Council has awarded nearly £70,000 of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Funding to a community transport charity to pay for a new minibus. Councillor Adrian Ross, Chair of Lewes District Council, visited the CTLA charity at its Newhaven base to see the new minibus and find out more about its work. He said: “CTLA provides a fantastic transport service for local […]

Live Q&A: Support for Businesses and help available through the Community Hubs | Thursday 5 November at 10am

Do note the new day! The weekly Live Q&A will take place on Thursday 5 November at 10am this week, to coincide with the first day of the new lockdown period. This week’s session will focus on the support available for businesses affected by Covid-19, for which Cllr James MacCleary will be joined by […]

Lewes District Council gives £7,000 boost to Marcus Rashford campaign

Lewes District Council will give £7,000 to selected charities and community organisations in the district that are supporting Marcus Rashford’s campaign for free meals for children during the school holidays. Councillor Johnny Denis (pictured), Cabinet Member for Communities and Customers, said: “Many people in the public eye make contributions of […]

Deputy Leader calls on Secretary of State to ‘step up and fulfil his commitment to local government’

Cabinet councillors at Lewes District Council have today (24/9/20) endorsed the authority’s medium-term financial strategy (MTFS) and appealed to the Secretary of State for Local Government, Robert Jenrick MP, to ‘step up and fulfil his commitment to local government’.  Robert Jenrick assured councils back in March that the extra local spending needed in response […]

Lewes District Council has appointed the Sustainable Business Partnership Community Interest Company (CIC) and 3VA to lead the Lewes District Community Climate Forum.

Designed to enable district-wide ownership of the climate emergency, it is hoped the forum will help focus climate and sustainability issues in the district and provide support to individuals and groups to develop solutions in their communities. The Sustainable Business Partnership CIC and 3VA bring essential expertise and experience in […]


Councillor ‘in despair’ at ‘bewildering decision’ Councillors at Lewes District Council are ‘in despair’ after East Sussex County Council decided to pull all their support for government-funded improvements to Lewes district’s cycling and walking infrastructure. The government emergency active travel fund was announced in May in response to the increase in […]

Council launches annual canvass encouraging voters to register

Residents in Lewes district are being urged to make sure their electoral registration details are correct so that their voice is heard on decisions that affect them.  The annual canvass ensures that Lewes District Council keeps the electoral register updated, identifying any residents who are not registered, so that they can be encouraged to […]

James MacCleary is the new leader of Lewes District Council

Councillor James MacCleary(pictured) has been elected the new Leader of Lewes District Council.  He has been deputy leader since the Co-operative Alliance took control of the council in July 2019.  The election of leader was contested by Councillor MacCleary (Liberal Democrat) and Councillor Isabelle Linington(Conservative).  Councillor MacCleary was elected by […]


A council has been blasted for failing to acknowledge millions of pounds received from Government to support local businesses, self-employed workers, the unemployed, charities, other organisations and those in need during the Covid pandemic. Lewes District Council’s ruling Cabinet learned on 11 June that, while still significant, the financial impact […]