How welcoming is Lewes town to visitors ? Don’t miss our October 19 event

cliffe high stThis is an event for all, not just our membership but for all of Lewes: the whole town is invited. Following our Annual General Meeting at 6.45pm for 7pm, we’ll be joined by non-members at 7.45pm and then divide into groups to discuss themes on how Lewes welcomes its visitors .

Visitors to Lewes provide a crucial mainstay of the local economy, and the question of how well the town welcomes them impacts on a wide range of issues – accommodation, information, retailing, sports and leisure facilities and transport.

Jackie Blackwell from Lewes District Council will explain the tourism strategy and we will hear why tourism is important to the town of Lewes in so many ways.

This will be followed by group discussion, looking at all sorts of aspects. How do visitors get around town? Could signposting and information be better? And what about the thorny old question of parking? What are the needs for arts venues and sports facilities? Does Lewes make the most of its heritage attractions, cafés and restaurants?

The Partnership will take forward some of the ideas brought up at this meeting to the Neighbourhood Plan.

Please note change of venue: this will now be held in the Council Chamber in the Town Hall, and not in the Assembly Room as previously stated.


Friends of Lewes (FoL) in action

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Friends of Lewes logoFriends of Lewes and the South Downs Society are joining forces to fight a proposal to build 200 new homes  on a greenfield site in the heart of the Ouse Valley between Landport and Malling. “Although both Societies want to see more affordable housing available in and around the town on brownfield sites this proposed development would be a precedent for building on other greenfield sites on its edge,” says the FoL.

FoL has recently produced guidelines on dormer windows and garden rooms and uses them in considering relevant planning applications.  Copies of the guidelines are available on the FoL website.

FoL’s Trees Committee is working with local residents to plant trees this autumn in the verges at the bottom of Valence Road and at the top of Middle Way on the Nevill Estate, where it meets North Way and South Way.

Lewes Pound: have your say!

Lewes PoundThe Lewes Pound Group is exploring how the development of an electronic Lewes Pound can help support local businesses and anyone living and working in and around Lewes.

“We’d be delighted if you can help us by filling in the survey and by promoting the survey among anyone who works and or lives in and around Lewes.”

Click here to do the survey.

A separate survey will be launched shortly aimed at business owners and not-for-profit and public organisations.

“The results will help inform the design and the roll-out of a potential Electronic Lewes Pound in order to make it as relevant and beneficial for the local economy, communities and environment as possible.”