Lewes Area Access Group

Are you someone who has difficulty in accessing the built or natural environment in and around Lewes? Are you a Carer for someone who has these challenges? Are you someone who regularly uses a child buggy, and finds it difficult to walk easily along the pavements due to clutter, such as thoughtlessly placed street furniture and A boards?  If so, would you like to join us in our efforts to eliminate or improve these difficulties?

Lewes Area Access Group meets on the second Monday of every other month from 10.30am to 12 noon in the Phoenix Centre Lewes.

Among other things, we have had initial consultations with Santon concerning the development of the North Street Quarter. We expect to continue with these discussions at the design stage.

We have also been working with the Depot cinema to make it access friendly. This includes toilets for disabled people, an accessible cafe, a hearing loop, colour contrast to help partially sighted people, and other recommendations such as audio description facilities.

In the near future we will be working with the museum at Lewes Castle to make it accessible to blind and partially sighted people. We will also be ensuring that the new Post Office, wherever it is located, will be in an accessible venue.

We will continue to advise on access issues for new planning applications brought to Lewes District and East Sussex County Council.

For those of you who experience barriers in the built environment such as obstacles on pavements and badly planned shared footways and cycleways, we need your participation. Cuts to Local Government means there are fewer Officers to oversee such problem areas. Self-help is more than ever, becoming the watchword for ensuring an environment fit for all….. Do come and join us.

You can contact us at laag406@gmail.com Or call 01273 480997 for more details.

The Access Group is working with partners on improving information for the public, whether tourists or locals, on how to get around Lewes.