Councillor launches joint petition against new homes plan

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People living in Lewes and nearby towns and villages must be consulted before the council firms up housing development plans.

That’s the view of an independent councillor who has launched a petition she hopes will endorse her wishes.

Cllr Ruth O’Keeffe said: “The project seeks to build on ‘council-owned sites’ which are, to people that live near them, not just sites but irreplaceable community assets.

“People are not against building affordable housing. A big problem is that people feel the assets they see as important; toilets, car parks, social centres, household waste sites or open spaces, are under threat.

“They do not feel they should be put up for development without them being consulted before rather than after a developer has been engaged.

“At present, there are petitions for many different sites, small and large. As a matter of democracy, I believe a general petition is needed to bring some daylight into the schemes and give everyone a chance to state their views.”

The petition is at www.change.org/p/lewes-district-council where it has already garnered almost 1,000 signatures.

Earlier this afternoon, the leader of Lewes District Council, Rob Blackman, issued an open letter to district residents “setting the record straight” about the new homes plan.

To view it, click here.

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