Community group airs ideas to regenerate villages - Pevensey, Pevensey Bay and Westham

Pevensey Castle
Pevensey Castle

A village website and a new heritage trail guide are just some of the ideas a new community group have come up with to regenerate the villages of Pevensey, Pevensey Bay and Westham.

The group Pevensey Villages Partnership, which is made up of traders and residents, was the vision of Wealden District Council Councillor, Lin Clark.

She has worked for more than a year on district council initiative Streets Ahead, which aims to inspire areas to set up community groups to improve Wealden’s towns and villages.

Cllr Clark said she saw the importance of regeneration during her time on the project and the effect it had on community spirit.

Cllr Clark said the name for the group, which was chosen at the last meeting, reflects the three villages of Pevensey, Pevensey Bay and Westham coming together to work towards a sustainable future for the communities.

She said: “All three villages are very well represented by traders, organisations and residents, and the core group, a dedicated team of enthusiastic people, has steadily grown in number.

“Local businesses host the monthly meetings, and smaller working groups are looking at specific tasks, among them the setting up of a comprehensive website, events, and a new Heritage Trail guide taking in Pevensey Castle.

“Wealden’s Streets Ahead team will be on hand to support and help the group which, we are proud to say, has become a ‘model’ for other villages wishing to set up similar groups. But this is essentially a community project, for the community and by the community.”

Anyone who wants to know more about the Pevensey Villages Partnership, has something they would like to see happen, feel they have some expertise to share, or would like to make a contribution by simply offering some of their time to the project, can call 01323 768530 or 01323 461692.

Cllr Clark added: “This is an exciting project with every one of you and your future generations in mind. Raise your glasses to a better and secure future for the communities of Pevensey, Pevensey Bay and Westham.”