Our priorities for a greener, fairer, more caring future for Lewes District

Lewes Distict Liberal Democrats have identified 5 key priority areas to deliver a fairer deal for our district.

  1. Fair housing for all - Local need not developer greed
  2. Taking action to protect our environment
  3. An effective council that listens 
  4. Prioritizing health and social care
  5. Help those who need it most

Read below to see our record of action working in a practical, grown - up cross-party way and our promise of more.

 

A record of action

 

Promise of more

  • Housing - Fair housing for all - Local need not developer greed
  • Building the first council houses in decades, delivering a programme of 200+ houses at a low rent. 
  • Prioritising brownfield sites.
  • Supporting vulnerable residents
  • Oppose Eton New Town
  • Opposing speculative planning proposals which are driven by Conservative Government housing targets rather than local need.
  • Building more council homes and prioritising affordable homes
  • Standing up to speculative developers
  • Pushing for existing planning permission sites to go ahead (calling for government to close loopholes)
  • Prioritising insulation and energy efficiency standards
  • Housing for all - pushing for a mix of housing, not just age restricted or luxury development
  • Stand up to government to fight top down housing targets which don’t come with public services
  • Continue to oppose Eton New Town
  • Brownfield first, fight to preserve our green open spaces
  • Environment - taking action to protect our environment
  • Pesticide and pollinator strategy
  • Set up and supported litter pick groups with equipment 
  • Increased wildflower planting
  • Renewed waste fleet with more sustainable fuels and electric vehicles - and replacing waste with Biodiesel
  • Switched the council electricity supply to a renewable energy tariff
  • Reduced carbon emissions by 15%
  • On track for net zero by 2030
  • A plan for insulation, retrofit and encouraging warmer home standards for new builds
  • Embedding climate in decision-making
  • Cabinet post for the climate emergency
  • Support and encourage community projects for tree planting and encouraging nature
  • Stand up to Southern Water and their vandalism of our seas and rivers with Sewage dumps
  • An effective council that listens 
  • Visible hard working councillors
  • Working year round
  • Held a cost of living summit
  • Reform the complaints' system  to make the council more accessible to residents
  • Listen to local residents and put communities first
  • Delivering effective policies in partnership with local groups
  • Maintaining sensible finances despite huge pressure on local government finances
  • Prioritizing health and social care
  • Campaigned for better health access to both GPs and dentists
  • Delivered new GP site in Newhaven via a District council bid
  • Listened to health concerns of residents and raised concerns with government
  • Push the government to cooperate with local authorities and improve communications and systems by working together for good of residents rather than obscuring and ignoring local needs 
  • Offer Seaford GP space to NHS (Richmond Road car park) 
  • Help those who need it most
  • Provided emergency funds to lowest income during the cost of living crisis
  • Removed council tax from the poorest
  • Built council homes for the first time in decades
  • Supported local community groups and foodbanks
  • Continue to push government, so we can build even more council homes
  • Continue to listen to and support our residents to the best of our ability as ward councillors
  • Ensure the council works for safety nets
  • Support community groups who support those most in need
  • Push the government for a more compassionate approach