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in this issue: FREE INSULATION

Save money now on free cavity wall and loft insulation. Offer for a limited time only so don’t miss out! Call our hotline now 01273 484330 HERE HERE biosphere bid 4 ARTWAVE open houses 9

plus OLYMPICS 2012 torch relay 9 HOUSING NEWS across the district 10


contents: EDITORIAL 2 FEATURES: skates on 3 here here 4 big parks 5 lewes house 7 celebrating in 2012 8 artwave 9 torch relay 9 neighbourhood planning 16


free cavity and loft insulation e know there are thousands of homes across the District that need cavity and loft insulation. We have just launched one of our biggest campaigns to get as many homes insulated as we can before the end of the year. Our featured residents are now enjoying the benefits of having their home insulated.


SAVE MONEY Insulating your home is the best way to reduce your energy bills, make your home feel warmer and save money.

There really is no catch to this offer, we will arrange everything for you. All you need to do to save money and get free insulation is to call our hotline now!

REGULARS: council meetings 7 housing advice 7 housing news 10-13 wave leisure 15 DIARY DATES: what’s on 6 collection dates 16

District News is distributed quarterly to 42,000 properties throughout the Lewes District Council area. It is available in large print, audio tape, disc or in another language upon request. Please contact the communications team on 01273 484141 or email

says Leader of the Council Cllr James Page. This is a fantastic offer, open to every resident with a cavity wall and/or a loft. Please remember the offer ends in December so don’t freeze this winter, make that call.

Don’t delay telephone us on 01273 484330 EDITOR TELEPHONE EMAIL DESIGN

Liz Lacon 01273 484141 Lewes District Council


get your skates on n exciting new community project is A underway to provide an indoor skate park at the Lewes Phoenix Industrial Estate.

The SkATE HOuSE The project is being led by “The Skate House” a new local Community Interest Company which has been set up by Nick Smith, Ricardo Atxukarro and Ollie Swayne and supported by Lewes District Council Leader Cllr James Page, local MP Norman Baker and Clive Wilding from the landowners the Santon Group. Ollie won £20,000 as part of the National Stake competition run by Barclays Bank and Channel 4 which provided essential funding to deliver the project.

Leader of the Council Cllr James Page said:

This is excellent news for the District and provides a powerful demonstration of the enterprising and entrepreneurial spirit that I want to see become commonplace

The project aims to be up and running in time for the summer holidays, so get your skates on. S L to R: Cllr Page, Ricardo, Nick Smith, Ollie Swayne, Norman Baker and Clive Wilding

here here s part of a series of events being used A to launch a bid to become a UNESCO* “site of excellence” – known as a biosphere

celebration of sport

reserve, the Sussex Wildlife Trust, Lewes District Council and members of the Biosphere project recently took part in a short nature exploration at Lewes Downs.

International rEcOgNITION The Biosphere is the world in which we live and share with other things. The bid is seeking to gain international recognition for the good work that already takes place in the area. It will also enable the partnership to attract funding to improve our environment. We have joined the Brighton & Hove and Lewes Downs Biosphere Partnership’s campaign, called “Here Here”, in seeking to gain international recognition from the United Nations for the special nature of our local environment. For full details about the “Here Here” campaign visit * United Nations Educational Scientific & Cultural Organisation

o celebrate sport in the year that T London will stage the Olympic Games a partnership of all the leading sporting clubs in Seaford is organising a Celebration of Sport event open to all. The event will take place on Saturday 14 July. The event will start at 2pm at the Martello Tower in Seaford with a racing start dinghy sailing race. A Torch-led procession will move from the beach to Seaford Head Community College where a range of activities will be available free of charge. Sport for residents to try includes bike riding, football, running, table-tennis, volleyball, cricket, touch rugby and tug of war. Medals will be awarded for the children taking part in the closing ceremony at 5pm. An evening celebration is also planned to take place at the Newhaven and Seaford Sailing club that night.


big parks ollowing a year of consultation, local people’s views and ideas have formed the basis of the vision and plans for the new park development in Peacehaven. The design includes improved and updated sports facilities, a central activity hub and recreation for the whole community.


The architects have assessed the site, analysed feedback and talked to sports and leisure groups to create a landmark park for the town which appeals to all. Their plan brings together thirty acres of new land with the existing sports park creating a unique gateway to the South Downs National Park in the east and a green route to the west. The architects will be presenting their plans to the public in July; they will be on show throughout the summer across the town. To keep updated please join the Big Parks mailing list at or phone 01273 484394.

children’s activities he Peacehaven Summer Holiday Activities Programme runs from 23 July until 4 September. 7-16 year olds have the chance to try something new, meet new people and visit a different venue every day.


this is a great summer initiative brought about through positive partnerships with local organisations working together to give the town’s young people fun and stimulating things to do over the holidays.

The programme will be distributed and available from Meridian Leisure Centre and Town Council offices.

queen’s award

R L to R: Hugh Burnett OBE DL and Cllr Rob Blackman, Lewes District Business Champion

ocal businessman Mr L Hugh Burnett OBE DL has won exclusive recognition from Her Majesty the Queen by being awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion, one of only 10 awarded nationally each year. The Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion is aimed at people who play a significant role in promoting enterprise skills and encouraging entrepreneurial attitudes in others in the UK. We nominated Hugh for this award as we recognise more than ever the importance that local businesses hold for the vitality and success of the District.

Rangers Walks and Events chance to see some of the Nature Reserves and Open Spaces managed by Lewes District Council. Contact Thyone Outram on 01273 484344 or email her at


Big Wild Brickfield Picnic

Midnight Union

Evening with a Battle and some sheep

Saturday 14 July 9.45pm Stay up late at the Union Field at Newhaven to watch the night-time moth traps and learn about some of the fascinating and beautiful moths flying in. Bring a torch and warm clothes and leave when you are tired.

Wednesday 1 August 6pm 3.5 miles, 2.5 hours Let the Ranger show you round Landport Bottom where the Battle of Lewes was fought. It is now grazed and managed for nature and recreation.

Markstakes Common Wildflower Identification Walk Wednesday 18 July 10.30am Come and let a knowledgeable botanist show you round the wildflowers at this unique common land site. Markstakes Common, Chailey, is a beautiful mixture of ancient woodland with ponds and acidic open areas which produce some interesting plants

Thursday 26 July 11am-2pm Catch a bug and see it REALLY BIG on screen at this small wild grassy reserve in Seaford. Family games and owls too. Bring your own picnic.

Midnight Markstakes Friday 17 August 9pm Stay up late at this rural Chailey site. Learn to identify the moths at our moth traps and learn something about these fascinating and beautiful creatures. Bring a torch and leave when you are tired.

Newhaven Fort Summer Sports Day 29 July Come and try your hand at a variety of wartime pastimes in our not so modern pentathlon.

Julius Caesar* 21 August A magical evening of open air theatre presented by Oddsocks Productions.

Live Jazz Night* 1 September Evening of 1940s live Jazz and dance.

Battle of Britain Day 9 September Commemoration Day of 1940s nostalgia and remembrance.

*Additional cost for ticketed events – must be booked in advance. Events subject to change


Lewes House

housing advice surgeries

available for venue hire

f you are having difficulties Ineedpaying your rent/mortgage, advice on your rights as

ewes House is now available for civil ceremonies, civil partnerships, functions and weddings. Situated in the heart of Lewes, the property once belonged to the well-known art collector Edward Perry Warren.


a tenant or owner, need to find somewhere to live, or are having problems maintaining your home then come and see us. We are running “Housing Advice” drop in surgeries: Peacehaven Community House, Meridian Centre, Meridian Way Monday 9am-12.30pm

lISTEd buIldINg Lewes House is a Grade II listed building and the ground floor rooms and splendid private garden can be hired during the weekends, bank holidays and evenings. For more information contact the Civic Officer by phone on 01273 484112 or

hese scheduled Lewes District Council meetings for 2012 are open to the public:


Employment Committee1 Cabinet1 Planning Applications Committee2 Council3 Planning Applications Committee2 Planning Applications Committee2 Scrutiny1 Planning Applications Committee2 Audit1 Venues:

9 July 12 July 18 July 19 July 8 August 29 August 6 September 19 September 24 September

10:00am 2:30pm 5:00pm 2:30pm 5:00pm 5:00pm 10:00am 5:00pm 3:30pm

1 Warren Room, Lewes House, 32 High Street, Lewes 2 Council Chamber, County Hall, St Annes Crescent, Lewes 3 The Chamber, Pelham House, St Andrews Lane, Lewes For further information and to confirm meeting times, dates and locations, please contact the Committee Section at or call 01273 484201. Information is correct at time of going to press.

Lewes Council Offices, 4 Fisher Street Tuesday 9am-12.30pm Newhaven Council Offices, 20 Fort Road Wednesday 9am-12.30pm Seaford, 37 Church Street Thursday 9.15am-12.30pm In the afternoons Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 2.30-4.30pm, Friday 2.30-4.00pm there is a telephone advice line 01273 484001.

For people living in villages with no means of transport, or people with disabilities our advice officers would be happy to arrange a home visit.

celebrating in 2012 anners sponsored by local businesses and featuring the art B work of our Schools Competition winner are now on display across the Lewes District. Pupils who entered our Schools Competition were asked to draw an image that represented 2012. The winning design was drawn by Thomas Lindsay from Northease Manor School. Five pupils who took part in the competition will attend an event at Lewes House to watch the Torch Relay.

We will continue to find ways to generate income to support other community projects in the future

Q L to R: Wayne Wright, deputy Principal Sussex Downs College, Thomas Lindsay, Cllr Nicholson, Sarah Pearce, Wave Leisure

jubilee tea he Chair of Lewes District Council Councillor T Tony Nicholson and the Mayor of Lewes Councillor Michael Chartier hosted a Sparkling Breakfast, a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Portrait exhibition and a Strawberry Tea as part of ‘Celebrating in 2012’.

OVEr 1,500 portraits Teachers attended and represented schools from across the District who submitted over 1,500 portraits that were displayed in Lewes Town Hall for the Diamond Jubilee weekend. A mixed audience of senior citizens and youth organisations enjoyed the free strawberry tea and played games, visited the exhibition and heard music by the Swingtime Sweethearts. A total of 800 people either visited the exhibition or enjoyed the Strawberry Tea.

9 The visual arts festival for Lewes distr ict



artwave August 25 to September 9 www.artwa vefestival.o rg

ur visual arts festival promotes O local art and creativity by encouraging professional and amateur

olympic torch relay

artists and craftsmen to showcase their work along with the wealth of skill and talent within the District.

Bigger and better than ever, featuring the work of over 600 artists spread over 120 venues

The festival will feature local artists who welcome visitors into their homes and studios throughout the Lewes District with an increased number of artists exhibiting in the coastal areas, including Seaford and Newhaven.

The festival aims to support the local artistic community whilst increasing the economic prosperity of the District by attracting both local residents and visitors from outside the area. The festival runs from Saturday 25 August until Sunday 9 September. For more information visit P Anne Megan Griffiths with pottery “Light & Water” S Evolve by Lynn Warren

isa Brack is one of nine L torchbearers who will be carrying the flame through Lewes on 17 July. Lisa was nominated as a torchbearer by Samsung and found out in April that she had been selected. Lisa says: “I was very, very happy to be part of this event. What a great honour!” Lisa is looking forward to the Olympic Torch Relay and the role as a torchbearer and is keen to watch the Olympic Games when the relay is completed. Lewes is day 60 of the London Olympic Torch Relay and 10 days away from the Games.

welcome to housing news improving your homes ewes District Council spent over £2.4 L million improving tenants’ homes last year, together with £3.1 million on repairs and planned maintenance, such as servicing gas boilers and external redecoration. Some of the improvement works we did last year include: • 125 new kitchens • 49 new bathrooms • 97 new front and back doors • 174 rewires • 19 new roofs • 159 new heating systems • 269 disabled adaptations to allow tenants to live independently in their homes As well as complete new kitchens and bathrooms, we also carried out a lot of part refurbishments to bring them up to modern standards. Due to changes in the way housing is funded, we have a larger programme of improvements for this year, which means that we can carry out even more improvements to your homes.

satellite dishes any of the improvements we carry M out such as external decorating, replacement roof coverings, fascias and soffits, etc. require the use of a scaffold. We will always give as much notice of impending works as we can, but we are aware that when the time comes the scaffold may cause problems with satellite reception, etc. We will always do our best to keep any disruption and inconvenience to a minimum, but as you know when you applied to install a satellite dish, permission was only granted on the understanding that the Council cannot be held responsible for any loss of amenity and/or the cost of temporary relocation of the satellite dish/aerial, whilst works of this nature are carried out. Although it might be inconvenient at the time, we hope you’ll agree that the long-term improvement works will be worth it.


funding for fitness dams & Remers, the Lewes based solicitors, have helped pay for gentle exercise classes at a local sheltered housing project. Francis Nation-Dixon, one of the Partners (shown back row, far left) dropped in to the project to meet residents.


These exercises are very helpful in maintaining strength and flexibility which is so vital as people get older and most importantly everyone was having a really good time, exercising to their favourite old tunes. We are delighted to have helped with the funding of this worthwhile project.

garages to let arages are available to rent in all towns and most villages within the Lewes District area. For details on how to rent, apply, and to see a list of all the sites where garages are available, visit or contact the Garage and Leaseholder Officer on 01273 484290.


Charges range between £13-£16 per week net and LDC tenants will have priority. Please Note: VAT charges apply to weekly rents except for Lewes District Council tenants and Lewes District Council leaseholders.

changes to the “right to buy” ith effect from 2 April the maximum W discount available to tenants purchasing their council home has been increased to £75,000. This affects all applications currently in the pipeline, along with new applications. Another change means that the Council calculates the cost of repairing the property over the last 15 years rather than over 10 years as previously, and the sale price will not be less than this. If you are thinking about buying your property remember that you will have to pay for a survey, the conveyancing cost and legal

fees. We do not recommend any company that offers to ‘help you buy your home’. Filling in a Right to Buy form is easy and can be done online; once we have told you the sale price and you decide to proceed you should consult a solicitor to arrange the sale for you. If you are subject to a Possession Order, or are bankrupt, you will not be able to buy. Sheltered Accommodation, and accommodation particularly suitable for elderly persons, is not eligible. For further information please contact Sue Horne on 01273 484266 or Lorrayne Chambers on 01273 484321.

tenant incentive scheme he tenant incentive scheme offers council tenants living in properties that are too big for their needs the chance T to downsize to a smaller home.

S Cllr Maskell and Shelley Collins, housing officer

• Is your home too large? • Do you have a spare room? • Would you like help to move? • Would you like to reduce your household bills? • Is your garden too big to manage?

dOwNSIzINg incentive scheme can help For more information or advice please visit our website or call us on 01273 484261.

Tenant Incentive Sch


The tenant incentive scheme offers council tenants living properties that are too in big for their needs the chance to downsize to a smaller home • Is your home too large? • Do you have a spare room? • Would you like help to move? • Would you like to reduce your household bills? • Is your garden too big to manage? Our downsizing incentiv e scheme can help For more information or advice please visit our website or call us on 01273 484261

One District, One Counc il.


tenants conference 2012 his year’s Tenants Conference will be held at Lewes Priory School, Mountfield Road on 27 October and all tenants and leaseholders are welcome to attend.


The conference will enable you to: • Find out about how changes to the benefits system may affect you • Look at how increased rents for some tenancies may enable us to build new homes • Have a say in possible changes to the way we allocate our homes • Find out about our plans to improve your homes, based on your priorities Before the conference starts there will an opportunity for you to come to a drop-in session where we aim to have a range of council staff available for one to one meetings.

changes in succession rules f you became a tenant after 2 April 2012, only your spouse or civil partner may Isucceed to your tenancy if you die. If you are married or in a Civil Partnership your partner or spouse will automatically succeed. If you do not have a partner, and were a secure tenant before 2 April 2012, the surviving members of your family who are resident in the property should decide amongst themselves who will be the successor.

If they cannot decide we will decide for them. If the property is larger than your family requires, we will be asking them to move to a smaller property between six and twelve months after the date we were notified of the death of the original tenant. Your Area Housing Officer will be pleased to explain further.

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be part of the action njoy a summer of fun, activity and participation right the way across the District with our fantastic summer holiday programmes.


With town specific programmes available in Lewes, Newhaven and Peacehaven, as well as Wave’s summer holiday programme there’s no excuse to be bored this summer. These programmes involve a wide range of partners across the area and offer more than just sport and physical activity; both indoor and out. With the summer reading challenge at the local libraries, play sessions at the children’s centres and back to work schemes from Sussex Downs College there really is something for everyone. For more information about the programmes call one of our centres or pick up your copy locally.

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EXERCISE REFERRAL Our exercise referral scheme operates throughout the Lewes District in conjunction with all the GP surgeries to provide a service where inactive residents with medical conditions whose health would benefit from leading a more active lifestyle, can be referred. The range of activities available include gym-based exercise programmes, swimming, health walks and chair-based classes. The scheme has four key objectives:• To support local GP surgeries’ promotion of physical activity and participation. To reduce sedentary lifestyles and the accompanying overweight and obesity issues, throughout the local community. • To encourage patients who would benefit from physical activity to use their local leisure centre at a reduced cost in a controlled environment, over a set period of time. • To empower the patient with the knowledge and confidence to make physical activity sustainable. • Aiming to establish a healthier lifestyle that is sustainable to combat the underlying causes of ill health. For more information either contact Wave Leisure or speak to your surgery.

domestic and commercial rubbish collections SUMMER BANK HOLIDAY COLLECTIONS Normal Collection Day

Altered Collection Day

Monday 27 August

Tuesday 28 August

Tuesday 28 August

Wednesday 29 August

Wednesday 29 August

Thursday 30 August

Thursday 30 August

Friday 31 August

Friday 31 August

Saturday 1 September

We appreciate your understanding that we may not run to our normal times over the Bank Holidays. Collections of clinical waste and commercial waste will change as a result of the Bank Holiday. Call 01273 484999 for more information.

Kerbside Recycling Collections Please refer to your kerbside recycling calendar. If you do not have one you can download one from our website: boxit.asp or you can request one by calling our customer services department on

01273 484999

neighbourhood planning eighbourhood Planning has recently been introduced through the Localism Act and has given communities, through their town and parish councils, new powers to enable them to shape the areas in which they live; such as deciding where new homes will go, where jobs can be created and ways in which their community needs can be met.


plANNINg officers Currently, Lewes District Council has two neighbourhood planning officers in place whose role is to support town and parish councils who wish to plan for their local area by producing a neighbourhood plan. Assistance from the District Council includes: support with evidence gathering, consulting with the community, specialist technical advice, organisation and financing of the referendum. For enquiries about making a neighbourhood plan in your community, contact your town

or parish council or for more general questions, contact the planning policy team on 01273 484418/484449.

District News - Summer 2012  

Lewes District Council's residents' magazine.

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