Category: Lewes District Council

Cabinet triggers funding opportunity for businesses in Lewes district

Cabinet councillors at Lewes District Council have earmarked a funding pot for businesses in the district and self-employed who are suffering exceptional hardship, including those that have not been able to access any of the government Covid-19 support. Councillor James MacCleary, Leader of Lewes District Council, said: “We are increasingly […]

Deputy leader prioritises supporting residents, Covid recovery and climate action

The deputy leader of Lewes District Council has vowed to continue prioritising support for people who have been hit hardest by the pandemic and ‘not scaling back our ambition’ to tackle the climate crisis in the district’s recovery from the Covid-19 crisis.  The comments from Councillor Zoe Nicholson (pictured), who is also Cabinet member for Finance and Assets, came as a rise of less than 10p a week […]

Council’s new bidding process for voluntary grants is ‘fairer approach’

Cabinet councillors on Lewes District Council, on Thursday, February 4, approved a new approach for allocating grants to voluntary organisations which will enable a wider range of groups to apply for funding.  This follows a review, including a consultation over the autumn, of the existing Community Grants Policy that awards grants annually to local organisations in three-year cycles. A new competitive bidding process will be introduced this year […]

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 […]

Council takes ‘decisive step’ to build community wealth in Lewes district

Cabinet councillors today (Thursday, December 10) agreed an ambitious action plan to build local wealth in the Lewes district based on recommendations from a national economic thinktank report.  Lewes District Council made a commitment to community wealth building (CWB) in its Corporate Plan adopted in February 2020 and commissioned the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) to undertake a study over the summer involving in-depth interviews with council staff and […]

Council offers financial lifeline to people suffering hardship

Lewes District Council will provide increased support to people in financial distress and on low incomes, Cabinet councillors agreed today (Thursday, December 10).  The Local Council Tax Reduction (LCTR) scheme for working-age people has been running since 2013 and awards a council tax reduction up to maximum of 80% of a person’s council tax liability and is means-tested.  […]

Council to sell minority share in North Street Quarter to Human Nature Deal is subject to planning permission being secured

Cabinet councillors at Lewes District Council have agreed to sell their minority share in the North Street Quarter site in Lewes to Human Nature, subject to the developer securing planning permission for the new scheme that it wants to bring forward. The decision follows the news last week that MAS […]

Local Lib Dems call for £1,000-a-year boost for over 1,500 carers in Lewes District

Local Lib Dem parliamentary spokesperson, James MacCleary, is calling on the Government to raise Carer’s Allowance by £1,000 a year, to help support 1,515 unpaid carers in Seaford, Newhaven, Lewes, Ringmer and the rest of Lewes District during the coronavirus pandemic. The party’s leader, Ed Davey ( pictured) who has […]

Spending review a ‘missed opportunity’ says James MacCleary

The government’s Spending Review announced by the Chancellor is a ‘missed opportunity’ says James MacCleary, Liberal Democrat parliamentary spokesperson for Lewes.The Spending Review announced no extra support for the 3 million people taxpayers who have received no support from the government during Covid-19 or for carers, children living in poverty or […]

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 […]