Category: Lewes District Council

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 […]

Council counts Covid-19 cost: budget deficit forecast up to £10.2million

Cabinet councillors today (June 11) heard that Covid-19 is likely to leave Lewes District Council facing a budget deficit of between £3.2m and £10.2m, according to the latest estimates of Covid-19’s fiscal impact.   The projected figures for this financial year have been produced by modelling a number of best and worst-case scenarios based on potential announcements from the government.   Councillor Zoe Nicholson, Leader of Lewes District […]


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 […]

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 […]

Lewes District Council Leaders push for local teams to stop covid19 spread in its tracks

“Local knowledge” could stop coronavirus spread in our communities Co-operative Alliance Leaders at Lewes District Council  says that the success of government plans to track and trace coronavirus in the community will be influenced by the “local knowledge and insights” of the people undertaking the work. Zoe Nicholson, Leader of […]

Greens from across 120 councils demand urgent funding for local authorities to tackle the coronavirus crisis

View Post Local authorities could lose up to half of spending power this year, letter warns Councillors call for more flexibility to decide on how to spend funding Sian Berry: “Our councils are stepping up but budgets are rapidly reaching breaking point” Green councillors from across the country have signed […]

Council delivering ‘millions of pounds’ in Covid-19 business grants

More than 800 small businesses hit by the coronavirus pandemic applied to Lewes District Council for a financial lifeline in the first few days of its launch.  The council went live with its Covid-19 Business Grants portal last Thursday (April 9) and since then 806 business across the district have registered using the service, equating to £10.6m in grants.  The Small Business Grant Fund and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure […]

‘Citizen scientists’ wanted to help measure air quality

People across Lewes district are being invited to take part in an international project to monitor air quality.Councillor Matthew Bird, Cabinet Member for Sustainability, said: “‘This is a chance for everyone, young and old, to become ‘citizen scientists’ and contribute to an international project measuring local air quality. “Improving air […]