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Neighbourhood Plan 3-day Design Forum


Lewes Town Council needs the support of residents and community groups to take the Neighbourhood Plan for Lewes to its next stage.  The group of community representatives and councillors that have been working hard on this for over a year, were led through a fascinating series of “serious-but-fun” exercises recently to begin to refine what the people of the town want to see as local planning policies for the next twenty years.  Project consultants, Feria Urbanism, are now sifting through the resulting pile of maps; charts; and local insights and preparing for some in-depth workshops to be held at Lewes Town Hall over three days on 30th June and 1st and 2nd July.

Everyone is invited to join in with this part of the project, whether for the whole three days or just a quick drop-in. This three-day event will examine how new developments can best be planned and delivered in Lewes. The forum will begin on the Tuesday morning and will look at the various development and opportunity sites.  There will be a series of workshop sessions that will become progressively more detailed over the three days. The aim is to develop a draft concept plan for the town by the end of the third day.

Tuesday 30thJune, Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd July 2015 – Corn Exchange, Lewes


Working Sessions 9.30am until 4.00pm


Open door exhibition (public please drop-in) 6.00pm until 8.00pm (Tue and Wed)

Final presentation

7.30pm Thursday 2nd July


Please come prepared to share your ideas and thoughts; either based on your own personal experiences of living or working in Lewes or on behalf of a community group or other organisation you may belong to.  We appreciate that attendance throughout the three days will be a big commitment.  If you cannot attend for all three days, do feel free to attend for just part of the time (one day, just one morning, an afternoon etc) or for as long as you are able.  On the Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, the Corn Exchange will be open to the public from 6pm until 8pm, to allow them to see “work in progress” and the project team will be on-hand throughout to explain the outputs from each day’s working sessions. 

The work on the Plan so far, and information on future elements, can be seen at www.lewes4all.uk

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Lewes Town Council is one of the 300 largest of the 10,000-or-so Parish Councils in England and Wales, with expenditure budgeted at just over £1million. It is the successor to Lewes Borough Council, which was incorporated in 1881.  We are based at the Town Hall, in the High Street, which has been the home of Lewes’ local Council since 1893.

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The Council comprises eighteen elected members – six representing each of three electoral wards (Bridge, Castle, and Priory), and it employs fourteen staff (8 full-time).  Council meets approximately every five weeks and often creates working-parties for large projects or short tasks.  These can co-opt additional members from the community.

There are four “lead members”:   Finance & Policy - Environment & Tourism - Youth & Community; and Communications, who usually act as Chairmen for any working parties set-up within those areas of responsibility, and as our official spokesperson as required.  Planning applications are considered by a standing committee that meets every three weeks, and there are functional panels for internal matters: Personnel, and Internal Audit/Corporate Governance. A third; the financial Grants Panel, assesses grant applications from voluntary & community sector organizations, and agrees an annual total of over £50,000 in amounts ranging between £50 and £2,000.

We own The Pells, where the open-air pool is operated for us each summer by a local community charity, and Lewes Priory (let to a tenant Trust). We own and operate the Town Hall and the All Saints Centre - run as venues for hire, and offering activities ranging from dance-classes; tai-chi; cinema, and a toy-library, to world-class sculpture exhibitions (Auguste Rodin, Anthony Caro, Henry Moore, David Nash); weddings; and musical and theatre events of all types. We also own the Bridgeview (Malling) Community Centre, which is managed for us by the Malling Community Association. We influence town planning and tourism, and provide various local amenities such as litter bins; bus-shelters and other street furniture.  We offer more than 200 allotment plots over our seven sites across the town, and are joint owners of the 44 hectares (approx 110 acres) of open downland at Landport Bottom.

We can financially support or enhance the local functions of other tiers of government, and other public services, such as financing additional environmental cleansing or providing funds for local Police Community Support Officers or CCTV (we pay for the cameras in the town).  All our expenditure is financed either direct from our precept on Council Tax, from reserves or from third-party funds such as National Lottery schemes.  Borrowing for our sector of government is strictly-controlled and requires the consent of the Secretary of State.

This is a time of change in local government, and Parish Councils face an even busier future with the latest initiatives focussed upon localism.  We are recognized as the tier closest to the community, whilst District and County Councils play a more strategic role (transport; health; housing; education etc.).  Parishes are offered a more active role, if they want it, than at any time since the last “big” local government reorganization in 1974.

With the economic climate forcing reviews of the mechanisms and funding of local government at Principal Authority level (County; District and Unitary councils), it is likely that many non-statutory (often called “discretionary”) services; land and property assets etc may be devolved to Parish Councils.  Lewes Town Council considers itself well-placed to address any additional responsibilities or duties, and we look forward to the next few years with interest!


Town Hall, High Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2QS   (  01273 471469   8  info@lewes-tc.gov.uk






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