Jabsworth !

Have you have your jab yet? Many of the older population and key workers have now had their first Covid innoculation. That now includes your local news compiler who was summoned on Tuesday night at 22.45 to attend an appointment at the Sovereign Centre Eastbourne, at 10.15 the next day […]

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 […]

Operation Collar: Sussex Police are taking action to prevent dog theft as soaring prices for pets during lockdown has seen a rise in theft nationally.

Their dedicated Rural Crime Team (RCT) is tackling this devastating crime by working closely with partner agencies, gathering intelligence and highlighting crime prevention among the dog owning community. Reports of dog theft are thankfully relatively low in Sussex but police do ask dog owners to take necessary steps to keep them […]

Strikes likely in Peacehaven Schools as East Sussex County Council refused to delay Academy consultation during lockdown.

National Education Union members have been left with no choice but to start industrial action ballots at Peacehaven Heights and Telscombe Cliffs schools as the governing bodies imposed by East Sussex County Council refused to agree to hold off on consultation during the lockdown. The schools normal governing bodies were […]

Is It Worth the Risk?

The Sussex Safer Roads Partnership (SSRP) and DriveSmart, Surrey are launching ‘Is it worth the risk?’ road safety campaign from today (Monday 1 February) which coincides with the National Police Chiefs’ Council’s month of action against using a mobile phone behind the wheel. Using a mobile phone while driving is […]

Visionary’ £24.7 million plan for Newhaven sent to government

Lewes District Council on Friday, January 29, submitted a £24.7m bid to the government’s Towns Fund with extensive plans to make Newhaven a vital and thriving southern gateway for the UK by 2030.  The council put forward the Town Investment Plan (TIP) for Newhaven on behalf of the Town Deal Board after Newhaven was shortlisted among 101 towns invited to develop proposals for a share of the government fund.  If the bid is successful, it will unlock a further £18 million in match-funding from […]

Seaford Town Council commits itself to a thrifty 2021-22 to help ease the financial strain on its residents.

At its Full Council meeting on Thursday 28th January, the Town Council was presented with a draft budget which, after a healthy amount of discussion, was adopted and the level of precept required set at £984,150 for 2021-22. For full details, the meeting papers can be found at https://www.seafordtowncouncil.gov.uk/council-meetings/ . […]

Visit Eastbourne

Eastbourne tourism have teamed up with Black Robin Holiday Cottages, the only self-catering holiday accommodation available at the world-renowned Beachy Head, to give you the chance to win a 2 night stay for up to 4 people in the South Downs National Park! Lovingly refurbished to give a cosy yet contemporary feel, Black Robin Holiday […]

Maria Caulfield welcomes railway station improvements across her constituency

Maria Caulfield MP has welcomed news that Southern Rail are to make improvements to four railway stations in her Lewes constituency. The improvements are part of the Passenger Benefit Fund.  The fund is supporting a range of work across the network including waiting shelters, refurbished toilets, more seats, information screens, […]

Change to official school closure: Tuesday 5 January 2021 to Friday 12 February 2021 – The Causeway School, Eastbourne

School: The Causeway School, EastbourneUnique school code: 4009Partly closed: Tuesday 5 January 2021 to Friday 12 February 2021Update 27 January, 10.37am: School is now open to Critical Key workers and Vulnerable children from Monday 25th January 2021 For any queries regarding this notification, please contact CS Customer Relations: Email – cs.customerrelations@eastsussex.gov.uk […]

Brighton and Hove MPs Show Support for Early Years Settings in Brighton and Hove

Brighton and Hove MPs Peter Kyle, Caroline Lucas and Lloyd Russell-Moyle joined Early Years professionals, this week, at a virtual meeting to discuss mounting concerns over safety and financial security across the sector.   There were representatives from leaders and staff in NEU, UNISON, GMB and NAHT, across maintained nursery schools, […]

Consultation launched over taxi licensing guidance

People are invited to have their say about how taxi and private hire drivers are licensed across the Lewes district.  Lewes District Council, which is the licensing authority for all Hackney Carriage and Private Hire applicants in the district, launched the six-week consultation today (Monday, January 25).  The council has reviewed its guidance regarding those seeking licences to take account of the Department […]

New permit system for garden waste collections ‘improves efficiency’

Lewes District Council has introduced a new streamlined system for its garden waste collection service using bin permits, online payments and all renewals at the same time every year.  The cost remains £70 a year, equating to less than 20p per day.   Rather than asking people to renew their subscription on the anniversary of their sign-up date, the service will now run annually from April to the end of the following […]

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 facebook.com/groups/LewesHMD  We also encourage people to […]

Eastbourne’s Holocaust memorial online hub

22 January to 1 February 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.  Eastbourne is commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day by hosting an online hub from  22 January to1 February.  The online hub can be accessed at www.lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk/HMD The hub contains  videos of poems, […]

Historic “Kempston” saved

It’s been announced this week that a much-loved building in Eastbourne has been saved from the bulldozer. Councillors and campaigners fought a vocal campaign to preserve the historic building Kempston but were over-ruled by the Planning Inspectorate. The building, in Granville Road, stimulated councillors to extend the College Conservation Area, […]