Dramatic scenery, ancient villages, a lively history and an artistic heritage second to none - these are just a few of the delights of Lewes District.
Today the district flourishes with good employment and economic growth. A good rail and road network combined with the Port of Newhaven and nearby Gatwick Airport make the area attractive to industry and commerce.
Lewes District Council is committed to providing high quality services to those who live and work in the area.
The District covers 113 square miles, incorporating the towns of Seaford, Newhaven, Peacehaven and Lewes and numerous surrounding villages. Much of the district lies within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with many Conservation Areas and unspoilt villages. The coastal strip is more urban in character, including the important Channel port of Newhaven and its ferry service to Dieppe.
The Council has approximately 470 employees. The main offices are in Lewes, with a departmental office, depot in Newhaven, and sheltered housing schemes throughout the district.
What we do
Some of our main direct services are:
• Parks and Open Spaces
• Car Parks
• Council Tax Collection
• Economic Development
• Collection of Business Rates
• Planning Control
• Environmental Health
• Housing Benefit
• Port Health
• Building Control
• Tourist Information Centres
• Arts and Sports Development
• Council Housing
• Street Cleansing
• Local Plans
• Housing Improvement Grants
• Local Land Charges
• Pest Control
We also have a range of support services, for example: accountants, architects, administrators, builders, surveyors and computer staff.
We aim for high standards in our services. We have achieved national Chartermark awards for Benefits and Tax Collection, Housing Services and Environmental Services. Our Tourist Information Centres in both Lewes and Seaford have won recognition for the quality of service provided and Newhaven Fort won the South East's 'Best Visitor Attraction' award in its class.
We are one of only four councils in the country to have been awarded the national 'Eco Management' accreditation for the way our working practices minimise harm to the natural environment.
The whole Council has gained the Investor in People award for the Training and Development opportunities offered to employees.
We have a comprehensive programme, designed to ensure that employees undertake suitable training and development activities to equip them to perform their work to a high standard.
The key aims of the Council are;
• Protecting and enhancing the quality of the environment
• Supporting and promoting a diverse and prosperous local economy
• Supporting the housing, health and social needs of everyone in our communities