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District news Winter Edition 2013


White Ribbon 2-3 Flood defences 4 LEAP 5 Welfare Reform 6 Impact Seaford 6 New Year Resolutions 8-9 Food Waste 15

REGULARS: Council meetings Housing news Wave Leisure

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Making the pledge On a chilly but sunny Saturday afternoon Seaford Rugby Club played a match in support of White Ribbon Day to raise awareness of issues surrounding domestic abuse. Other events including hockey, football and rugby took place across the district in November to highlight the White Ribbon Campaign. The match was well attended and the club was decorated with balloons, white ribbon banners and a long white ribbon at the bar for players and spectators to sign to pledge their support to the campaign. The players were supplied with bottles of the “White Ribbon” water to drink. Information was available on the campaign and on how to get support and help if you or someone you know is experiencing any form of domestic abuse. The Chameleonic Drummers from Lewes looked stunning in their costumes as they drummed the Seaford Team from the dressing room onto the pitch, reminiscent of the New Zealand Rugby Team haka!

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The action packed match between Seaford and Eastbourne Rugby Clubs ended with Seaford winning 42-27.

EDITOR Liz Lacon TEL 01273 484141 EMAIL DESIGN Lewes District Council The cover picture features a winter scene in our district. Photo by Finn Hopson.

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A big thank you to the Seaford Rugby Club Committee and Players and to the Chameleonic Drummers for their help and support in highlighting this campaign and making the afternoon so successful.

White Ribbon photos by Carlotta Luke.


Seaford Rugby Club, above, in their new White Ribbon strip, sponsored by Lewes District Council and the Community Safety Partnership. Sarah Findlay, Natalie Weller and Lindsay Jordan from Lewes District Domestic Abuse Action Group – White Ribbon Campaign attended the match (pictured right). Sarah thanked the club very much for their hospitality and their support of the campaign and gave a short talk on the White Ribbon Campaign and Domestic Abuse issues. She reminded everyone that there would be another White Ribbon match on 8 March 2014. Pictured left: Nathan Palmer, Seaford Rugby Club player, making his pledge to the White Ribbon Campaign.

Flood defences at Landport

Lewes District Council, working with the Environment Agency, the local landowner and East Sussex County Council, has completed a new flood alleviation scheme at Landport Road, Lewes. The picture above shows the flood defences under construction this September. The defences will protect over 40 homes, a sewage pumping station, electricity substation and community centre. The works required a number of organisations to work collaboratively, sharing resources and skills. The defences have been built by using waste chalk, which when compacted, produces an impenetrable bund. This traditional method of flood defence was historically used at many locations across Sussex. Works included refurbishing the drainage system serving the Landport Road area and providing a permanent footpath into fields at Landport.

ABOVE Tim Bartlett (left) LDC Environmental Health Officer working with engineers from Royal Haskoning.

This project demonstrates what you can do when you work together, the result is very impressive, protecting a large number of people from future flooding. nn

Cllr Nicholson, Cabinet Member Health and Environment


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Rachael Page of the LEAP team talks about why she chose to become an apprentice, key tips on how to go about it, and the new career paths that can be opened up: “I decided to apply for an apprenticeship because I wanted a change in career and felt that it would be a good way to gain experience of working in an office as well as gaining qualifications. I had a few doubts about apprenticeships, but after a bit of research I decided to take the LEAP” says Rachael.

“In my first year I completed a Business and Administration Level 2 course and enjoyed it so much I went on to complete the Level 3 Diploma. I would thoroughly recommend an apprenticeship as you have the support of your colleagues, and college tutors. Apprentices usually work full time and then attend college one day a week, although other training options are available. “To anyone thinking about an apprenticeship I would say go for it! It’s a great way to learn new skills and gain on the job experience as well as the chance to meet some great people.” LEAP is a fantastic new service which seeks to connect people with local opportunities. Get in contact with the LEAP team on 0300 3301450, email on or online at


Baffled by Benefits?

If the answer is “yes” then the East Sussex Welfare Reform Helpline can help you. Expert Benefits Advisors are on hand to answer your queries or put you in touch with an Advisor who can give free face-to-face advice and support to resolve your benefit issues. Appointments are made quickly so there are no long waiting times. The service is for anyone living in East Sussex of working age, as older people are mostly protected from changes to benefits.

“Very efficient, approachable and practical. Thank you” Mr M.

Impact Seaford Impact Seaford – the new regeneration delivery partnership for the town – has been recognised in a national competition for its new model of partnership working to provide real benefits to local businesses and the community. The partnership has been commended in the ‘Partnership and Strategic Working’ category within the South Zone of the 2013 Towns Alive Awards run by Action for Market Towns (AMT).

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Mrs S was struggling to meet extra costs relating to the spare room subsidy and applied for a Discretionary Housing Payment to meet the shortfall but was turned down. A Benefits Advisor carried out a benefits check and discovered that Mrs S was missing out on an Employment Support Allowance premium. She was advised to contact the Department of Work and Pensions to be reassessed and as a result received a back payment of £162 and an ongoing award of an extra £10.85 per week, which has helped towards the cost of the spare room subsidy.

“I needed help and you were there for me. Thanks” Mrs D. The Awards recognise and showcase initiatives that are helping towns to adapt to change and flourish, and Impact Seaford has been recognised for its commitment, initiative and vision to unlock the town’s potential through a programme of regeneration projects. This is a new model of partnership working between Lewes District Council, Seaford Town Council, East Sussex County Council, traders and community groups united in developing a vision to help unlock Seaford’s potential.

Photo by Peter Smith

Are you confused about changes to your benefits? Worried your income will be reduced? Need help filling in a claim form or just some sound advice on what to do next?

For advice call

Food safety Environmental Health are running the CIEH Level 2 Award in ‘Food Safety in Catering’ on Tuesday 28 January 2014 at Newhaven Enterprise Centre, Denton Island in Newhaven.

UTC begins consultation The development of plans for a new University Technical College (UTC) based in Newhaven has taken a further step forward with the start of a consultation process involving parents, students, schools and colleges, employers, representative bodies and the community. The consultation runs until Christmas Eve, inviting views on the proposal to open in September 2015. You can take part in the consultation at

This one day course is designed to fulfill the requirements put upon food business operators. It is a Chartered Institute of Environmental Health qualification, accredited by Ofqual. For details of cost and booking online visit foodtraining or email us at Tel 01273 484354

These scheduled Lewes District Council meetings for 2013-2014 are open to the public: Planning Applications Committee 1 Cabinet 3 Planning Applications Committee 1 Employment Committee 4 Scrutiny Committee 2 Audit & Standards Committee 2 Planning Applications Committee 1 Cabinet 3 Planning Applications Committee 1 Council 1 Scrutiny Committee 4 Planning Applications Committee 1 Audit & Standards Committee 2 Cabinet 3

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Venues: 1 Council Chamber, County Hall, St. Annes Crescent, Lewes 2 Telscombe Room, Southover House 3 Telscombe & Ditchling Rooms, Southover House 4 Ditchling Room, Southover House For further information and to confirm meeting times, dates and locations, please contact the Committee Section at or call 01273 471600. Information is correct at time of going to press.

If you visit the gardens at Southover Grange you will notice a recently installed sculpture called “Lewes Group” on loan from the artist, Jon Edgar. The stone used in the carving was sourced locally from Laughton. Our parks staff were happy to accommodate the request for it to be exhibited in the gardens.


new year resolutions! Richard Priestman, President, East Sussex Credit Union 2013 has been another successful year for the credit union. The business is nicely in surplus and deposits now exceed £1.5 million. We can help even more people with the affordable loans they need to keep them from the clutches of payday and other high interest lenders. It is easy to join and an innovative new online service allows members to view transactions, submit new payroll savings and update existing payments.

We offer new online services for members, and have some exciting plans to expand our services and create a more significant local presence so people can access the credit union more easily. We’ll need some major investment to make it happen, so we’ll be working even harder to get the green light. nn

Contact us on 01273 234858

Meet our new directors Nazeya Hussain, Director of Business Strategy and Development Nazeya joins from Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, where as Head of Customers, Policy and Partnerships, she was part of a transformation team which moved the council from “weak” to “excellent” in three years. Nazeya told us “I am really delighted to be joining Lewes District Council at this exciting time. I am very much looking forward to working with staff, Members and partners on helping shape the future of Lewes District and its communities.”

Gillian Marston, Director of Service Delivery Gillian joins from Brighton and Hove City Council, where as Head of City Infrastructure she was responsible for a budget of £23 million and 500 staff. Gillian lives in Brighton and is a keen runner, training for her third marathon. Gillian said “My focus and experience is with people – employees, customers and colleagues from other organisations. I really enjoy working with others sharing expertise, ideas and delivering customer focused services.”

A year of achievements Penny Shimmin, Newhaven Community Development Association The NCDA is an established community development charity working to help communities and individuals help themselves: developing services and community actions.

“I resolve to make a difference by supporting local people’s access to free, quality assured information and advice through the Lewes District Advice Partnership and by developing partner collaboration to get services to those who need them.”

Julian Osgathorpe, Director of Corporate Services Julian fills this role for the next 18 months as part of a shared working experience with Eastbourne Borough Council. He will split his time 50:50 between Lewes and Eastbourne, where he has been Deputy Chief Executive since October 2009. Julian says “I am really excited about the opportunity to be part of the Lewes journey and am looking forward to getting to know a whole new organisation and the people that have made it the success that it is to date.”

James Page, Leader of Lewes District Council “Consultation has started with parents, students and others over plans for a new University Technical College in Newhaven in September 2015, and I signed an agreement with the Lycee Pablo Neruda Technical College in Dieppe to develop educational and other activities between the two institutions. Our new one-stop reception and refurbished offices at Southover House in Lewes opened in October and staff are equipped to be more mobile and responsive, helping to save around £200,000 of council taxpayers’ money in running costs. Our office at Fort Road, Newhaven remains open. Lewes House has a new lease of life as a temporary centre for the Arts, and offers rooms for hire by community organisations and small businesses. We plan to introduce a fairer system of dividing up the costs of looking after open spaces like playgrounds, parks and playing fields in the district so residents don’t effectively pay twice for such facilities. Potential annual savings for residents could be as much as £24.55p.” James Page (left) and Jean-Michel Sueur (Headmaster of Lycee Pablo Neruda) signing the UTC agreement.



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If you are having difficulties paying your rent/mortgage, need advice on your rights as 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 Lewes Council Offices, Southover House, Southover Road 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.

We are always looking for practical ways to increase the size of our council let properties and help overcrowded families. Our housing, planning and building contractor, JG & JR Langridge, worked closely with us to extend a property by putting in a loft conversion. This has provided an extra bedroom that is much needed and used by Mrs Lipscombe and her family. This is an extremely cost effective solution as we do have a shortage of larger properties. A loft conversion is just a fraction of the cost of moving and disrupting family life. Mrs Lipscombe (left) and her daughter with Cllr Tony Nicholson, Lead Member for Health and Environment. PICTURED ABOVE

Tenants’ Conference 2013

Andy Chequers, Corporate Head of Housing Jo Jacks, Housing Needs Manager Andrew Weston, Housing Benefits Manager INSERTS

A record number of tenants attended our Annual Tenants’ Conference at Lewes Priory School on 26 October. Cllr Tony Nicholson opened the day, which featured a Home Move Swap Shop and workshops on antisocial behaviour, money management and our new tenancy agreement. During the day there were also presentations on a range of topics including the impact of welfare reform, our new tenancy and allocation policies and tenant scrutiny. Information stands gave people the opportunity to have one-to-one discussions with council staff and other agencies, such as Sussex Police and the Credit Union. Feedback from some workshops will be used to inform new policies and procedures. Tenants who took part in the Home Move Swap Shop will be forwarded details of other tenants

interested in their homes, to consider agreeing a mutual exchange of properties. We received some fantastic feedback from tenants attending the conference, with many more than last year giving a “very good” rating for workshops and presentations. Comments received include “Improves each year with positive feedback from everyone” and “I really enjoyed it’. There were a couple of issues that we will address for next year’s conference, including providing cloakroom facilities and ensuring the information stands are located nearer to the dining hall. Many thanks to everyone involved who made the event such a success. If you would like more information on this year’s conference, please contact Ruth or Sue on 01273 487249.


Council tenants helping to improve their environment Our Housing Department has an annual budget which allows us to carry out external improvements around council homes. This is spent on large scale projects such as providing additional car parking spaces or landscaping communal gardens. We also have an annual ÂŁ20,000 environmental improvements budget, which is spent on smaller projects to improve communal areas, such as additional planting of flowers or trees and providing seating areas. Tenants are invited to suggest external or environmental improvements they would like to happen. They can submit proposals via their local tenants and residents association, Area Housing Officer, or Scheme Manager (if they live in a sheltered scheme) or by completing an

Community garden in Landport.

online form at: To be considered for funding from next year’s budget, proposals for external improvements should be submitted by the end of December 2013 and environmental improvement proposals by the end of February 2014. Consultation with people living near proposed projects will be undertaken to ensure the idea has the support of the local community. A Housing Consultative Panel of tenants and councillors is responsible for approving the environmental improvement budget and overseeing the external improvements programme. A tour of the proposed projects is held in the spring to enable the panel to agree which projects to approve for the coming year.

Planning news The draft planning policy document ‘Local Plan Part 2’ is currently being consulted upon until finishing on 17 January 2014 and the document is presented as a series of five Topic Papers.

Celebrating community work Tenants’ and residents’ associations across the district do amazing work to improve their communities. Success stories include:

• helping to set up Credit Union

• establishing foodbanks • gardening scheme for children • holding clean up days • and running annual barbecues. service points

Our Tenant Participation (TP) team has produced a community development plan, showcasing the achievements of all of our associations and setting out plans for the future. If you are interested in setting up an association in your area or if you would like a copy of the plan contact us on 01273 487249, or you can view the plan at: unity_development_plan_2013.pdf

The papers set out options on how different forms of development and land uses such as housing, employment and recreation could be delivered for the area of the district outside of the South Downs National Park and suggests the form that development management policies could take. There is still time to let us know what you think of the options being put forward in the Topic Papers and whether you think there are any more we should consider! Local Plan Part 2, once adopted, will directly influence how planning decisions are taken for all forms of development. The topic papers are available to view in local libraries, the council offices and online at To comment on these Topic Papers email: or write to the Planning Policy Team at the Council Offices. The closing date for any comments, and additional site submissions, is midnight, Friday 17 January 2014.


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Exercise Referral – Ask your GP

Manage your own swimming lessons

Our exercise referral scheme operates throughout the Lewes district in conjunction with all the GP surgeries to provide a service for residents with medical conditions whose health would benefit from leading a more active lifestyle.

Wave Swim School gives you the ability to manage your child’s lessons online, meaning you don’t need to queue to see the teacher or queue to change their lessons as they progress.

The scheme can benefit a range of conditions including high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, weight loss (and management), mobility, depression and stress. The scheme is available to individuals who qualify who are over the age of 16 years. The range of activities available includes gymbased exercise programmes, swimming, health walks and chair based classes. Your referral covers twenty sessions over a twelve week period. To gain the maximum benefit you should aim to attend twice a week. The benefits will only remain for as long as you continue to exercise. Ask your GP to refer you or call us on 01323 493027.

Using one simple login, you can manage all your children on swimming lessons from the comfort of your own home, or on the move via your smart phone. For more details visit our website and search swim school.

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Be a Zero Hero this Christmas!

Cities Revealed (r) aerial photography copyright The GeoInformation(r) Group 2013

Newhaven Air Quality We are consulting people about the geographical extent of the Newhaven Air Quality Management Area. A detailed assessment of the air quality in Newhaven concluded that the UK national Air Quality Objective for the annual mean concentration of nitrogen dioxide of 40µ/m3 is likely to be exceeded at a number of locations adjacent to the Newhaven gyratory (A259). We would like you to look at the information and complete the online survey at WY39Z7P or reply in writing to Environmental Team, Southover House, Southover Road, Lewes BN7 1AB or email There are four options for you to consider and the consultation closes on 10 January 2014.

There are lots of simple things you can do for a greener Christmas, that will help you reduce waste and also save you money. • Don’t be tempted by supermarket special offers such as buy-one, get-one-free. It’s estimated that we throw away around £60 million of food every Christmas in the UK so plan ahead, write a list, buy what you need… and remember, most supermarkets will re-open on Boxing Day! • There are some very realistic artificial Christmas trees on the market that you can use year after year saving money in the long run, and avoiding pine needles on your carpet. If you have a real tree, get one with roots so you can plant it in the garden afterwards, or take it to one of our tree recycling points: Lewes (Brook Street car park), Newhaven (Bay View car park), Peacehaven (Piddinghoe Ave car park) or Seaford (Richmond Road car park or The Buckle car park). All trees must be dropped off by Saturday 18 January 2014. • LED fairy lights last for years and are safer and more energy efficient than old style bulbs. • Make your own Christmas decorations. Kids will love making gingerbread decorations and eating them! • Christmas dinner leftovers can be kept in a sealed container in the fridge for two days, or frozen for up to three months. Visit for more on how to reduce, reuse and recycle, updates on kerbsite recycling and refuse collection dates, and how to win a share of £40,000 for your local community. The World Democracy Forum gave Zero Heroes the thumbs up last month for the way the campaign encourages community action by ‘networking the network’ – bringing groups together.


Winter bank holiday collection days REFUSE and FOOD WASTE COLLECTIONS Normal Collection Day

Altered Collection Day

Wednesday 25 December

Friday 27 December*

Thursday 26 December

Friday 27 December*

Friday 27 December

Saturday 28 December

Monday 30 December

Normal collections

Tuesday 31 December

Normal collections

Wednesday 1 January

Thursday 2 January**

Thursday 2 January

Friday 3 January**

Friday 3 January

Saturday 4 January**

Please ensure that your rubbish is put out by 6am on the altered day. * Due to the busy Xmas and New Year arrangements it may take more than a day to collect your refuse and food waste but no later than 3pm the following working day. ** Please put your refuse and food waste out a day later than normal.


Altered collection

Booking deadline

Tuesday 24 Dec

Normal collections

Monday 23 Dec 12 noon

Wednesday 25 Dec

Tuesday 24 Dec

Monday 23 Dec 12 noon

Thursday 26 Dec

Friday 27 Dec

Tuesday 24 Dec 12 noon

Tuesday 31 Dec

Normal collections

Monday 30 Dec 12 noon

Wednesday 1 Jan

Thursday 2 Jan

Tuesday 31 Dec 12 noon

Thursday 2 Jan

Friday 3 Jan

Thursday 2 Jan 12 noon

 For commercial recycling of paper and cardboard collections please follow your normal fortnightly cycle and allow the same bank holiday alterations as shown on the refuse and food waste collections table.

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

District News: Winter 2013