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Since moving to Lewes in 2011, I have been shocked and apalled by the number of empty buildings, and have been campaigning to get this criminal waste addressed.

Partly to assist in furthering this cause, I stood as an Independent candidate in Bridge Ward, Lewes, in the town council election.

Though not elected on this occasion, I was priviliged to meet many talented and inspirational people, and gained valuable insights into local issues.

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the successful candidates, and thank all who voted for me.

I am also very grateful for the doorstep conversations I had - many of which were refreshingly positive.

Cynicism about politics appears less widespread than I feared.

My determination to help to address the wasted resources caused by empty buildings - and closely related issues such as affodable housing and inappropriate developments - has only been strengthened.

These challenges are intensifying at a worrying speed, and if we do not tackle them, no matter how irresistable their driving forces seem, we will, without any doubt, reap what we sow.

David Evans

Court Road

Lewes