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Final stage of public consultation for Malling Fields and Pells Recreation Ground upgrade
The comprehensive public consultation with Lewes residents about how they would like Pells Recreation Ground and Malling Fields to be upgraded is reaching the final stage with two events taking place in early July.
Council Leader earmarks the Thebes for ‘creative soul’ of Lewes
Councillor Andy Smith, Leader of Lewes District Council, has earmarked the Thebes Annexe as a possible venue for the arts and crafts.
Council boosts pedal power at Peacehaven Community School
Students at Peacehaven Community School are riding high thanks to a donation of 25 mountain bikes from Lewes District Council.
Lewes District Business Awards 2017 Shortlist Revealed
Following a record level of entries, some of the Lewes District’s biggest and best make the shortlist of forty-one finalists for fourteen awards in this year’s Lewes District Business Awards.
Lewes District Business Awards tickets now on sale
Following a record number of entries, Lewes District Council is pleased to announce that tickets are now available to purchase for presentation of the 2017 Lewes District Business Awards.
Deadline Extended for Lewes District Business Awards!
Due to overwhelming demand, businesses in the Lewes District now have until Thursday 11 May to submit their entries to the 2017 Lewes District Business Awards.
Community stalwarts across Lewes district receive Unsung Hero awards
Unsung heroes from across Lewes district were celebrated at a special event to honour their voluntary work in the community
Entries Rolling in for 2017 Lewes District Business Awards
Recognising success, innovation and excellence in the business community, the Awards are free to enter and open to organisations of all sizes and sectors.
Council campaign launched to tackle dog fouling
Lewes District Council has launched an initiative at Riverside Park in Newhaven to stop dog fouling.
Lewes District Council Waste No Time in Implementing Eco-Friendly Scheme
Residents have welcomed the news that Lewes District Council’s green waste collection service will soon be available across the entire district.
Cabinet welcomes ‘strong and improving’ council services
Cabinet councillors have this week (20/3/17) welcomed the latest set of performance figures for Lewes District Council services.
Malling Fields Skatepark Takes Shape
The new skatepark in Lewes’s Malling Fields recreation ground is rapidly taking shape and it is on course to be completed by May, several weeks ahead of schedule.
People reminded to register to vote ahead of elections
The deadline is approaching for Lewes residents who wish to vote in East Sussex County Council elections on May 4 but are not yet on the electoral register.
A boost for the Sussex rural economy
Grants worth almost £153,000 have been awarded to five local projects that will help grow the rural economy and create seven full time jobs.
Film funds orchard growth
Sapling apple trees handed over to the Peacehaven Community Orchard in the Centenary Park.
Feedback sought on ideas for Malling Fields and Pells Recreation Ground
Lewes residents are invited to comment on the outline proposals to upgrade the town’s recreational spaces.
‘Magnificent community effort’ puts the great into Great British Spring Clean
A district councillor has heralded the efforts of local volunteers who took part in the Great British Spring Clean.
Lewes District Business Awards return for a fourth year
Lewes District Council is pleased to announce the return of the Lewes District Business Awards.
Construction begins on new Skatepark in Malling Fields
Work has begun ahead of schedule to revamp the skatepark in Lewes’s Malling Fields recreation ground. The project will take approximately 14 weeks to complete, which means the new park will be in place for the summer.
Affordable homes ready ahead of schedule
The first two new properties in a project to build 22 new council homes on former garage sites across the district have now been completed.
Artwave Festival is open for registration
Registration is now open for Artwave, the annual visual arts festival taking place this summer across Lewes, Seaford and surrounding rural areas.
Lewes district awarded £5.1m in government funding
Lewes District Council is celebrating three successful funding bids which represent a total cash injection of £5.1m to the district.
Lewes District Council meeting targets on equalities
Cabinet councillors at Lewes District Council have welcomed the progress being made against the authority’s equalities targets.
Good news for green fingers!
Lewes District Council is encouraging local residents who enjoy gardening but don't enjoy trips to the tip with their garden waste, to sign up for their garden waste collection service.
Play streets will bring more play time to Lewes district
Lewes District Council is inviting applications from residents who want to transform their street into an occasional Play Street, allowing children to play freely with friends for a few hours without the worry of any passing traffic.
Lewes district council confirms voluntary sector support
Lewes District Council has confirmed that grants to the voluntary sector will continue unchanged for the next year (17/18).
Plans will transform recycling across Lewes district
Cabinet councillors have agreed to bring forward improved options for the collection of recycling. The decision will mean a much simpler process for recycling across the district by reducing the number of bins involved.
Council to secure new deals for affordable homes
Lewes District Council has given the green light to two land deals that have the potential to create hundreds of new homes, including many for affordable housing, and generate several million pounds in funds for future infrastructure investment.
Council Leader ‘immensely proud’ of budget achievements
Cabinet councillors at Lewes District Council have recommended a 1.9% rise in the council tax, equating to an extra £4.44 a year in a Band D bill, for general expenses.
Work begins on major £18 million Newhaven flood defence project
The Environment Agency has started construction work on a major flood defence scheme that will reduce flood risk to over 800 homes and businesses and vital infrastructure in Newhaven.
Lewes Holocaust Memorial Day 2017
Following the success of the memorial events in 2015 and 2016, the Lewes Holocaust Memorial Day Group is holding several events to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day 2017.
Training for licensed trade employees to identify and report child sexual exploitation
Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is an increasingly high profile issue that affects children and young people of all backgrounds and from all communities, right across the UK.
Tidal surge and potential flooding in Newhaven 13-14 January
We are anticipating a tidal surge tonight (Friday 13 January) around midnight that may result in sea water overtopping the river banks in Newhaven.
Spring into Action in 2017 with LEAP
Lewes District Council's innovative programme dedicated to championing new enterprise in Lewes district, is now open for entries!
‘Tis the season to recycle
Lewes District Council has a few hints and tips when it comes to thinking green this Christmas to help reduce waste, recycle more and save money at the same time.
White Ribbon accreditation for Lewes District and Eastbourne
We have received notification from the White Ribbon Campaign that Eastbourne and Lewes District have formally received their accreditation as a White Ribbon Campaign area.
Festive and starry theme for late night shopping in Lewes
Lewes District Council is starting the festive season in style with a festive and starry theme for late night shopping in Lewes on Thursday 1 December.
Free tours on offer at UTC@harbourside
Following the recent and very successful Re-imagined Buildings film event at theUTC@harbourside in Newhaven the new college has decided to open its doors to the public regularly.
Out to sea at the UTC
The fourth and final film event of the Re-imagined Buildings project goes out to sea with the 'Life of Pi' at the UTC@harbourside.
Residents invited to have their say on future of recreational spaces
Lewes residents will have the opportunity to contribute to proposals for Pells Recreation Ground and Malling Fields at public consultation events on Friday, November 25, 10am-6:30pm at St John sub Castro and Saturday, November 26.
Lewes District Council to support the observance of the National Two Minutes Silence
Lewes District Council is supporting the call from the Royal British Legion for a National Two Minutes Silence on Friday, 11 November at 11am.
Re-imagined Buildings – looking through a different lens
We have taken four very different buildings with diverse histories and turned them into venues for a series of unique film events in the Lewes district.
Special travel arrangements for Lewes Bonfire
No trains will stop at Lewes or several neighbouring stations after midday on Saturday 5th November – bonfire night – and road restrictions will apply.
Re-imagined Buildings – four films in four unique spaces
Take four very different buildings with an amazingly diverse history and use then imagine these buildings being used for a pop-up series of unique film screening events.
Lewes Bonfire 2016
Bonfire night celebrations will take place in Lewes on Saturday 5 November.
Make Lewes Festival hailed a success
Hundreds of people interested in design, craft making and sustainable architecture gathered in Lewes in the past two weeks to attend the Make Lewes Festival, which returned to Lewes Town for a third year.
Gina braves shave at Lewes District Council’s Macmillan Coffee Morning
Lewes District Council hosted a coffee morning for the second year running to raise funds for MacMillan cancer support.
Lewes District Council supports National Recycling Week
Lewes District Council is keen to encourage residents to think about some of the less obvious items that can be recycled.
Councils come together to launch new fraud fighting initiative
Council representatives from across the East Sussex region yesterday joined forces to officially launch the East Sussex Counter Fraud Hub at Seaford’s Martello Tower.
Celebrating Artwave 2016 – the most successful ever
This summer’s visual arts and makers’ festival supported by Lewes District Council, has exceeded all expectations and has been one of the biggest and most vibrant open house events in the East Sussex calendar.
Lewes Turkish Baths to get a makeover for Make Lewes Festival
The old Turkish Baths in Friars Walk, Lewes - owned by Lewes District Council, is to be given a new lease of life at the Make Lewes Festival of sustainable design, craft making and architecture starting at the end of September.
Lewes Heritage Open Days
A once-a-year opportunity to discover hidden architectural treasures and enjoy a range of tours, events and activities which bring life to local history and culture of Lewes is taking place between September 8th and September 11th.
Lewes Skatepark – New designs to be unveiled at consultation workshop
Lewes District Council is working to create a brand new skatepark at Malling recreation ground in Lewes (behind Tesco), by totally revamping the existing skatepark.
Great events and workshops for Artwave’s final weekend
It’s Artwave final weekend and it’s set to be a great end to this popular festival.
Bank holiday refuse, food waste and kerbside recycling collections
Lewes District Council is advising residents to put their refuse and food waste out for collection one day later than normal due to the August Bank Holiday on Monday 29 August.
Make Artwave Festival part of your bank holiday plans!
If you want to escape the DIY, why not come and be inspired by different artists and makers this bank holiday weekend.
A LEAP into business success for Dolly Fixtures
A creative and quirky range of home furniture and accessories based on mannequins covered with decoupage fabrics and textiles is now available to buy or hire.
Wave Leisure Training Academy – Apprenticeship Scheme
Wave are increasing the number of apprentices they take on each year.
Clean up day in Newick and Plumpton as initiative continues
Newick and Plumpton received special attention this week when two areas were blitzed by mechanical street-sweepers, barrows and new cleaning equipment all designed to give that extra sparkle.
Be Inspired by Artwave 2016
The annual visual arts festival for Lewes District all set to be the biggest and best ever!
The Railway Land and Castle Hill Local Nature Reserves are named as two of the best in Britain
The two Local Nature Reserves are among a record-breaking 1,686 parks and green spaces that have received a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space.
Drinking water fountain installed at Big Park in Peacehaven
Lewes District Council has recently installed a drinking water fountain for users of the Big Park in Peacehaven, thanks to a grant of over £2,000 from the Children’s Health Fund
Free nature themed summer events for all to enjoy
A bumper packed summer of free nature themed events are just about to begin.
New litter bins in laybys on A26 and A27
Lewes District Council has installed 13 new litter bins in laybys on the A26 and A27 as part of its ongoing commitment to encourage people to dispose of their litter responsibly.
Play Street “trial” gives children the opportunity to play outside
Parents, neighbours and residents are being given the opportunity to apply to request the temporary closure of the road where they live for a few hours on selected days or evenings to give children the opportunity to play out.
Making the most of Seaford Beach and inshore waters
A new guide that provides a host of information about Seaford beach and inshore waters for visitors and local residents has been launched for the summer holidays.
Hamsey Neighbourhood Plan adopted by Lewes District Council
Hamsey’s Neighbourhood Plan 2015 - 2030 “Sustainable Growth for the Whole Community” has been formally adopted.
Lewes District Council calls for urgent action to resolve rail misery
Lewes District Council is greatly concerned about the ongoing daily disruption to train services operated by Southern, part of the GTR franchise.
Hover a while on the beach!
Lewes District Council staff are well used to clearing away litter and unwanted refuse as they strive to keep the district clean and pristine for residents and visitors.
Day of action gets results
Day of action gets results as Lewes District Council partners Police, DVSA and Trading Standards.
Artwave Festival brochure and website launched
Artwave joined forces with Lewes Footballs Club’s Artists United for the very successful launch of this year’s brochure and website: www.artwavefestival.org
Winners of 2016 Lewes District Business Awards Announced
The winners of the 2016 Lewes District Business Awards were announced last night, Thursday 14 July, at Lewes Town Hall.
Lewes District Council supports Seahaven YES competition
The Seahaven Y.E.S. is a call to action for young entrepreneurs in the Seahaven and surrounding areas to create and develop their own business idea.
Council Performance – Celebrating Success
Lewes District Council has improved performance across a number of key services during 2015/16.
Artwave at Artists United
Artwave is delighted to be working together with Lewes Football Club’s Artist’s United for the first time this year.
Skatehouse set to get new purpose built facility in Newhaven
Lewes Skatehouse is set to get a fantastic new purpose built facility when they relocate to Denton Island in Newhaven from the North Street area of Lewes.
JOY festival attracts thousands
The long awaited transformation of Convent Field in Lewes into a paradise for foodies, music lovers, artisans and fans of the unique proved extremely popular for residents, local businesses and visitors last weekend.
Survey helps keep Council homes in shape
Lewes District Council is carrying out a survey of the condition of council houses, sheltered housing and blocks of flats.
Seaford Seafront set to sparkle during the summer!
With more residents and visitors enjoying the seafront in Seaford local Councils are working together to tackle litter problems that are causing complaints and concern.
Station Street - Lewes
Southern Water discovered a void underneath buildings on Station St Lewes while carrying out emergency repair work to a nearby sewer on Friday (17 June).
Garden waste collection service coming to residents of Peacehaven, Telscombe and Saltdean
Following the successful introduction of the green waste collection service to residents in Seaford, South Heighton, Denton and Newhaven more than 105 tonnes of garden waste has already been collected and recycled.
Stunning Hawk-moths thrill visitors at Newick Common
Lewes District Council’s Community Rangers and local moth expert Steve Teale recently treated members of the public to a night of never before seen beauty at ‘Night time at Newick Common’.
Aspects of Castle Hill Nature Reserve
Explore this lovely Newhaven Nature Reserve and learn a little about the history, geology, wildlife and management of this unique area with Lewes District Council’s Community Ranger.
Jewels of the Downs at Landport Bottom
Lewes District Council’s rangers invite you to a free guided walk at Landport Bottom in Lewes to discover the butterflies and flowers that adorn our grassy hills.
Lewes District Council and Wave Leisure win Heritage Lottery Fund Support for Newhaven Fort
Lewes District Council and its partner, Wave Leisure, have recently received Transition Funding of £54,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
Clean up day in Seaford enhances town centre as initiative continues
Seaford received special attention today when the town centre was blitzed by a variety of mechanical street-sweepers, barrows and new cleaning equipment all designed to give that extra sparkle.
Night time nature at Newick Common
Lewes District Council’s ranger and local moth expert invite you to a free event to discover moths, listen for bats and learn the secrets of wildlife after dark!
Finalists Announced for the 2016 Lewes District Business Awards
The shortlist for the 2016 Lewes District Business Awards has been announced.
Councils’ shared services will save £2.79m a year
Councillors at Cabinet meetings for both Lewes District Council and Eastbourne Borough Council have agreed to expand their shared services programme.