Planning the way ahead for Lewes beauty spot

THE Landport Bottom Management Committee is asking the public what recreational activities they’d like to see take place at the site in Lewes.

To find out, it has launched a year-long consultation.

Running throughout the whole of 2011, the survey will look at recreational issues and determine what impact activities such as horse riding, walking, mountain biking and others are having on the site and its users.

Landport Bottom is the site of the Battle of Lewes in 1264, and has Bronze Age Tumuli (Scheduled Ancient Monument) present. There is also a chalk downland restoration programme taking place.

The management committee is made up of representatives from Lewes District Council and Lewes Town Council. Members are seeking the views of a number of professional organisations, local residents and civic groups, and other parties into the effects of different recreational pursuits on the land.

This is defined in two parts as impact on the land (physical effect such as erosion, flora and fauna etc); and impact on other site users (conflicts of use such as health and safety issues, avoidance of accidents etc).

A questionnaire is available to complete on the Lewes District Council website by visiting

The public’s views could help directly affect the future site management of Landport Bottom. A report will be compiled in January 2012 for a management plan review.