TOLD Chair visits new development

TOLD Chair Debbie Twitchen was invited to visit a residential conversion at Saxonbury on Thursday 13 May accompanied by Councillor William Meyer (Housing portfolio) and Leighton Rowe (Senior Project Manager). Debbie was impressed by the quality of the work, the great views from some of the flats, and welcomed the addition of much needed housing stock. The conversion will complete at the end of July and deliver 12 affordable homes to Lewes District Council.


The need for foodbanks in the Lewes District is now greater than ever with the situation unlikely to change anytime soon. The good news is there are currently eight foodbanks operating across the district which thrive due to the generosity of residents and volunteer helpers. So, if you’re struggling to make ends meet or simply want to offer your  support, please don’t hesitate to get in touch – more information on local foodbanks can found on – just type ‘foodbank’ in the search box.

The Corporate Plan 2020-2024

The corporate plan aims to –

  • Build 200 new, additional council homes, and an additional 300 new affordable homes.
  • Deliver more sustainable and energy efficient homes.
  • Provide increased access to quality housing options, and accessible housing for specific support needs.
  • Build community wealth.
  • Create a net zero carbon council and district by 2030

New developments in the pipeline include –

  • Old Hamsey (Chailey)

12 x 3 and 4 bed homes including 3 in shared ownership & 9 council rent. All homes will be handed over by March 2021.

  • Saxonbury (Lewes Town)

A residential conversion with 12 x new affordable homes. Due July 2021 (delayed due to Covid-19 and Brexit Supply issues).

  • Old Police Station (Newhaven)

21 x Council rent homes., with a mix of 1,2 & 3 bed flats and houses. With planning committee – awaiting outcome.

  • Old Fire Station (Newhaven)

7 x 3 bed affordable rented houses for local people. Planning submission March 2021 & possible completion by November 2022.

  • Anchor Field (Ringmer)

11 x 2 bed council rented homes delivered through Aspiration Homes. Due to be completed by January 2022.

  • Ringmer in-fill sites

6 x 2 bed rented homes on in-fill garage sites. These are in the Neighbourhood plan but have yet to go to planning. Due to be completed by January 2023.

Watch this space for more news…

Tenants Contents Insurance

Homes First Insurance logo

What would you do if you lost all your possessions? Could you afford to replace everything you own straight away?

As a tenant of the council, their insurance covers the structure of your home but not what’s inside such as your furniture and personal belongings.

Replacing the contents of your home could prove very expensive. We therefore strongly recommend that you get your personal belongings insured against events including:

  • Accidental damage
  • Fire
  • Theft
  • Flooding/escape of water

Homes First have teamed up with Aviva, the UK’s largest insurer, to provide a home contents insurance scheme. This is available for all Lewes District Council and Eastbourne Homes Ltd/Eastbourne Borough Council tenants and leaseholders. The package offers a policy with exclusive rates and a range of optional extras, including cover for accidental damage, there is no excess to pay if you need to make a claim and you can pay monthly by direct debit.

For more information go to the Lewes District Website

Community Improvement Budget success

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the TOLD committee have managed to approve £13,881.88 worth of spending from their £20,000 annual budget for community improvement projects (see details below) with several other projects in the pipeline.

If you have any community improvement ideas that you would like the TOLD committee to consider from next year’s budget (April 2021 – March 2022) please get in touch with the Tenant Involvement team for an application – 

Scheme / area


Spending £

Churchill House

Garden Shredder


Retirement House Schemes



Community use – Lewes

Folding Tables


School Uniform bank



Raymond Close

Wheelchair accessible picnic tables


Churchill House

Gardening vouchers


Cinque Foil / Bricky

Skips for estate tidy up


Churchill House

Outside plugs



Gardening vouchers


Stansfield Road

Green waste bin (annual)


Retirement Housing

Xmas chocolates


Valley Court

Wildflower planting


VRAC Youth Project



Ashington Gardens

Trees/planting bench


School Uniform bank



Total spent to date



Free community cookery courses

Some super healthy online cookery courses are open for booking now 
The first – ‘Vital Skills’ – is suitable for beginner and experienced cooks who want to learn to prepare low-carb, wholesome and delicious food that can help prevent or manage type 2 diabetes. The course features a combination of demonstrations and cook along activities as well as nutritional advice, coaching and support. You will learn a portfolio of vital, seasonal and delicious dishes, snacks and baked goods.
It takes place on Tuesday 09 February 2021, and you can book for free here –
The second course – ‘Man with a Pan’ – teaches older and sometimes isolated men to prepare delicious, stress-free, affordable and healthy meals in fun and supportive environment. You will be sent all the recipes and an ingredient and prep list in advance to give you time to source the ingredients and prepare some things in advance.
It takes place on Thursday 25 Feb 2021, and you can book for free here –
Both courses will use the online ZOOM platform and will be a combination of demonstration and cook along activities.
Happy eating…

Be aware of fraudulent calls and text messages offering the COVID-19 vaccination.

Be aware of fraudulent calls and text messages offering the COVID-19 vaccination.
In some cases, people are asked to press a number on their keypad or to send a text message to confirm they wish to receive the vaccine. Doing so is likely to result in a charge being applied to their phone bill. In other cases, callers are offering the vaccine for a fee or asking for bank details.
People are warned to be alert to these scams.
The vaccine is only available from the NHS and the NHS will contact you when it is your turn. At present, appointments are only being offered to members of the public over 80 years old.
The NHS will:
* NEVER ask you to press a button on your keypad or send a text asking you to confirm you want the vaccine.
* NEVER ask for payment for the vaccine or for your bank details.
If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft you should report this directly to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. Where the victim is vulnerable, report it to Sussex Police online or by calling 101.
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Don’t use bins as a safe delivery point

We have had some reports from residents that delivery drivers have placed packages in their bins, which have then been emptied by Lewes District Refuse crews. If this happens you are very unlikely to get the item back. To avoid disappointment, please keep your bins secure until collection day & don’t mark them as a safe delivery point!


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Published on 30/12/2020