Pam Lewis at North Street where buildings remain empty.

Press Release: Lewes must get North Street Quarter right

For Immediate Release 18 March 2013

Photo Pam Lewis at the Industrial Estate at North Street where buildings remain empty.

Photo Pam Lewis at the Industrial Estate at North Street where buildings remain empty.

Pam Lewis,  Labour’s candidate for the Lewes Town Council by-election calls on the public to speak out during the next round of public consultations to ensure housing that is suitable for Lewes.

“Our town must deliver the kind of development that Lewes needs” says Pam Lewis, Labour’s candidate for Priory Ward in Town Council By-Election on the 27th March.

Labour has said that looking after the interests of all Lewesians will be a priority as the third round of North Street consultations which are held next week on the 26 March at Lewes Town Hall 4pm-9:30pm) and 27th March at Southover Grange (3.30pm to 7.30pm).

Pam stated, “Two of those priorities must surely be social and affordable housing for working families and more local jobs.”

Listening to the community will be vital to ensure a balance of live-work spaces for a growing population.  I have spoken to local families who tell me their only option is to rent at high cost as lack of affordable housing is preventing their aspirations as homeowners.

Pam affirmed, “Final designs must acknowledge the distinctive character of the town in tune with its creative identity. I would make this a top priority and demand council leadership to secure the planned development has a mix of social and affordable housing, fulfilling the obligation set out in the National Park local plan.” Going on to urge, “Lewes residents need to make their views heard by attending one of the consultations planned for next week to ensure Lewes is a town to work, live and play”.

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For immediate response on this Press Release contact Pam Lewis on 07540939540 or pamela.lewis@leweslabour.org.uk More details about the consultation can be viewed here: www.northstreetqtr.co.uk

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A collective endeavour about the many not the few

Labour values are about fairness and social justice. With the backing and support of the thriving and enthusiastic Lewes Labour party, I will stay true to these principles and values as I have over many years.

Vote Pam Lewis

I will focus on: – Looking after the interests of those most in need in our community – Calling for no council tax increase unless Lewes owns and runs assets, not just pays for them; – Ensuring potholes are repaired and pavements are safe and mess-free by holding the District and County to account for repairing and cleaning; – Town Council leadership in supporting local shops and post office, using its influence to keep them open; – Ensuring All Saints’ remains a vibrant venue and St Mary’s Social Centre’s future is secured; – Reaching out to you by holding regular surgeries at community venues.

For too long our Town Council has been dominated by the same party. Labour’s performance in the last election demonstrated Lewes voters want change. Allow me to be your new voice for Lewes. On the 27th March vote Labour for Lewes. Vote Pam Lewis

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Lewes needs a committed and energetic Town Council which connects with people’s real concerns.

UnknownA collective endeavour about the many not the few 

Labour values are about fairness and social justice. With the backing and support of the thriving and enthusiastic Lewes Labour party, I will stay true to these principles and values as I have over many years.
Pam will focus on:

- Looking after the interests of those most in need in our community – Calling for no council tax increase unless Lewes owns and runs assets, not just pays for them;

- Ensuring potholes are repaired and pavements are safe and mess-free by holding the District and County to account for repairing and cleaning;

- Town Council leadership in supporting local shops and post office, using its influence to keep them open;

- Ensuring All Saints’ remains a vibrant venue and St Mary’s Social Centre’s future is secured;

- Reaching out to you by holding regular surgeries at community venues.
For too long our Town Council has been dominated by the same party. Labour’s performance in the last election demonstrated Lewes voters want change. Allow me to be your new voice for Lewes.

On the 27th March vote Labour for Lewes. Vote Pam Lewis

Pam Lewis for Lewes

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAt the latest Branch meeting of Lewes Labour Party Pamela Lewis was selected to stand on behalf of the Labour Party in the Priory Ward by-election on the 27th March 2014.

Pamela says:

“I have worked in Education for over 25 years, joining the University of Brighton’s Education Faculty in 2001. 

As well as working as a teacher and raising our children who attended local schools, I have been involved in campaigning, community projects and Bonfire. 

What I love most about Lewes is its individuality and character. As your Labour Town Councillor I will work hard to listen to your concerns that impact on quality of life for everyone. 

In the last Town Council by-election Lewes Labour was the second party.
Labour can win here with your support.

On the 27th March vote Labour for Lewes, Vote Pamela Lewis

Council Assets, Our Assets

Letter to the Sussex Express send on the 1st October regarding the ongoing discussion of devolution of charges for non-statutory services. 

In letters last week Cllr Stockdale was right to point out that the many of the assets the District wishes to charge the Lewes town’s folk for were “built and paid for” by the people of Lewes – they are essentially already ours. What, however, your report fails to address is that Tory District Cllr Page wants to implement taxation in one locality (the Town) but representation and management by another locality (the District). If the people of Lewes are to pay for the maintenance and upkeep, the ownership of these properties should be returned at no cost. Cllr Page in fact states he is trying to create a system where “people don’t pay twice”, but without a corresponding reduction in the District levy for Town residents this will be exactly the result of his plans.

District Councils across the UK (Cornwall, Durham County etc) are slowly being disbanded and Lewes Town Council must step up to the mark. We must not accept just the crumbs off the District Council’s table. The Town Council should demand all non-statutory services and assets for the Town: this includes all off street car parking, development land, community centres, tourist information office buildings, School Hill House & Lewes House, parks and playing fields.

The bigger problem is that the Town Council seems unable to properly scrutinise these plans. A negotiating team of Town Councillors has been established, but its latest report to the Town Council was only given orally, with much conjecture and little information – this is no way to conduct negotiations about the future of our town. Is there a conflict of interest when some councillors are both on the District and the Town Council? Do we have the full information to make informed choices? Without rigorous oversight the Town will end up losing out, again.

Lloyd Russell-Moyle
Labour and Co-operative Party Candidate for Lewes Town Council Bridge Ward

Going for more Social Housing in North Street Quater

Photo attached is Lloyd Russell-Moyle and Louis Blair (left to right) looking down Little East Street towards the Phoenix Causeway which will see an increase of traffic if transportation interchanges are not fully integrated.

Photo attached is Lloyd Russell-Moyle and Louis Blair (left to right) looking down Little East Street towards the Phoenix Causeway which will see an increase of traffic if transportation interchanges are not fully integrated.

Lewes Labour today called for greater consideration of social housing, alternative models of housing ownership and integrated services in any development of the North Street Quarter.
Lloyd Russell-Moyle, the Labour and Co-operative Party candidate for Lewes Town Council Bridge Ward, said “whilst mixed housing is important, Lewes is in desperate need of housing for young people and small houses with currently the highest number of people on the council waiting list in the district”. Elaborating further he stated “as someone with a background in co-operative and mutually owned housing I believe that co-operative housing must be part of the mixture, but not take away from Social Housing (council controlled)”.

Louis Blair, the Labour candidate for Lewes Town Council Bridge Ward stated that “any development should consist of a minimum of 40% Social Housing (Council Controlled) with additional percentages for co-operatively owned, shared ownership and affordable housing”. Louis also raised concern about infrastructure saying, “any development must also include provision for primary education, doctors and other services along with commercial units.”

Lloyd Russell-Moyle stated his concern that “streets in Lewes are already crowded and developments with integrated transport services must be high on the agenda. This must include adequate free off street car parking for all residents and business which will be located in the quarter”

Lewes Labour Party heard a presentation regarding the latest development at their monthly branch meeting held at 3 North Street (held on the last Tuesday of each month – to which new members are always welcome). Lewes Labour is encouraging people to attend the consultation held by Santon (the North Street Quarter Developers) on Monday 7th October from 4pm to 7.30pm at Southover Grange. Lewes Labour is a large and vibrant party in the town, it aims to improve Lewes with developments that bring jobs, make it easier to travel, shop and work whilst preserving Lewes as a market town.

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Lloyd Russell-Moyle has a background in co-operative housing, co-operative education and political advocacy.

Louis Blair has a background in housing and social housing.

For immediate response on this Press Release contact:

  • Lloyd Russell-Moyle on 07899785265 or lloyd_r_m@btinternet.com; or
  • Louis Blair on 07584310935 or louis.blair@btinternet.com