A collective endeavour about the many not the few
Labour values are about fairness and social justice. With the backing and support of the thriving and enthusiastic Lewes Labour party, I will stay true to these principles and values as I have over many years.
Pam will focus on:
- Looking after the interests of those most in need in our community – Calling for no council tax increase unless Lewes owns and runs assets, not just pays for them;
- Ensuring potholes are repaired and pavements are safe and mess-free by holding the District and County to account for repairing and cleaning;
- Town Council leadership in supporting local shops and post office, using its influence to keep them open;
- Ensuring All Saints’ remains a vibrant venue and St Mary’s Social Centre’s future is secured;
- Reaching out to you by holding regular surgeries at community venues.
For too long our Town Council has been dominated by the same party. Labour’s performance in the last election demonstrated Lewes voters want change. Allow me to be your new voice for Lewes.
On the 27th March vote Labour for Lewes. Vote Pam Lewis
Promoted by Linda Drabble on behalf of Pamela Lewis both at 3 North Street, Lewes, BN7 2PA.
At the latest Branch meeting of Lewes Labour Party Pamela Lewis was selected to stand on behalf of the Labour Party in the Priory Ward by-election on the 27th March 2014.
“I have worked in Education for over 25 years, joining the University of Brighton’s Education Faculty in 2001.
As well as working as a teacher and raising our children who attended local schools, I have been involved in campaigning, community projects and Bonfire.
What I love most about Lewes is its individuality and character. As your Labour Town Councillor I will work hard to listen to your concerns that impact on quality of life for everyone.
In the last Town Council by-election Lewes Labour was the second party.
Labour can win here with your support.
On the 27th March vote Labour for Lewes, Vote Pamela Lewis
Letter to the Sussex Express send on the 1st October regarding the ongoing discussion of devolution of charges for non-statutory services.
In letters last week Cllr Stockdale was right to point out that the many of the assets the District wishes to charge the Lewes town’s folk for were “built and paid for” by the people of Lewes – they are essentially already ours. What, however, your report fails to address is that Tory District Cllr Page wants to implement taxation in one locality (the Town) but representation and management by another locality (the District). If the people of Lewes are to pay for the maintenance and upkeep, the ownership of these properties should be returned at no cost. Cllr Page in fact states he is trying to create a system where “people don’t pay twice”, but without a corresponding reduction in the District levy for Town residents this will be exactly the result of his plans.
District Councils across the UK (Cornwall, Durham County etc) are slowly being disbanded and Lewes Town Council must step up to the mark. We must not accept just the crumbs off the District Council’s table. The Town Council should demand all non-statutory services and assets for the Town: this includes all off street car parking, development land, community centres, tourist information office buildings, School Hill House & Lewes House, parks and playing fields.
The bigger problem is that the Town Council seems unable to properly scrutinise these plans. A negotiating team of Town Councillors has been established, but its latest report to the Town Council was only given orally, with much conjecture and little information – this is no way to conduct negotiations about the future of our town. Is there a conflict of interest when some councillors are both on the District and the Town Council? Do we have the full information to make informed choices? Without rigorous oversight the Town will end up losing out, again.
Labour and Co-operative Party Candidate for Lewes Town Council Bridge Ward
Photo attached is Lloyd Russell-Moyle and Louis Blair (left to right) looking down Little East Street towards the Phoenix Causeway which will see an increase of traffic if transportation interchanges are not fully integrated.
Lewes Labour today called for greater consideration of social housing, alternative models of housing ownership and integrated services in any development of the North Street Quarter.
Lloyd Russell-Moyle, the Labour and Co-operative Party candidate for Lewes Town Council Bridge Ward, said “whilst mixed housing is important, Lewes is in desperate need of housing for young people and small houses with currently the highest number of people on the council waiting list in the district”. Elaborating further he stated “as someone with a background in co-operative and mutually owned housing I believe that co-operative housing must be part of the mixture, but not take away from Social Housing (council controlled)”.
Louis Blair, the Labour candidate for Lewes Town Council Bridge Ward stated that “any development should consist of a minimum of 40% Social Housing (Council Controlled) with additional percentages for co-operatively owned, shared ownership and affordable housing”. Louis also raised concern about infrastructure saying, “any development must also include provision for primary education, doctors and other services along with commercial units.”
Lloyd Russell-Moyle stated his concern that “streets in Lewes are already crowded and developments with integrated transport services must be high on the agenda. This must include adequate free off street car parking for all residents and business which will be located in the quarter”
Lewes Labour Party heard a presentation regarding the latest development at their monthly branch meeting held at 3 North Street (held on the last Tuesday of each month – to which new members are always welcome). Lewes Labour is encouraging people to attend the consultation held by Santon (the North Street Quarter Developers) on Monday 7th October from 4pm to 7.30pm at Southover Grange. Lewes Labour is a large and vibrant party in the town, it aims to improve Lewes with developments that bring jobs, make it easier to travel, shop and work whilst preserving Lewes as a market town.
Lloyd Russell-Moyle has a background in co-operative housing, co-operative education and political advocacy.
Louis Blair has a background in housing and social housing.
For immediate response on this Press Release contact:
- Lloyd Russell-Moyle on 07899785265 or email@example.com; or
- Louis Blair on 07584310935 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We all agree that action to cut deficits is necessary, but is it necessary for the poorest to be hardest hit?
Norman Baker recently put round a boastful flyer about rising employment as one of his government’s achievements. He said nothing, of course, about zero hours jobs or about the stagnation of wages which underpin the figures. Naturally he made no mention of the three food banks which have been set up in Lewes – one in Malling – to help feed those who have been particularly hard hit by his government’s policies.
Whilst it should be celebrated that volunteers are coming forward to run food banks, it should be a mark of shame on an affluent town that so many people are denied the dignity of affording food. I believe that the Town Council should support the creation of bulk-buying food cooperatives where all can join in. Buying wholesale foods together, not only reduces the costs, but allows the community to come together and support each other with dignity so all can eat well.
Lewes Town Council should not only implement itself a living wage for all staff, but campaign for this for everyone in Lewes, through celebrating employers who aspire to high standards by paying living wages. A register of Living wages employers in Lewes town should be annually published.
I will support the Co-operative Party, Stella Creasy MP and Movement for Change in a campaign to end legal loansharking and promote credit unions as a safer, more affordable alternative.
The practices associated with high-cost lending are causing misery for thousands of people across the country as they find themselves unable to borrow from banks and struggling to make ends meet.
A toxic mix of the rising cost of living, unemployment and wage freezes mean many British households are struggling – and a lack of regulation of this market by the Government means these legal loan sharks are exploiting this to push many families further into debt. With one in three payday loans taken out to pay off other payday loans it is clear these high cost credit products are problematic.
Lewes Town Council’s taking on of the Pells Pool in trust and allowing a community non-profit to run the site should be an example of other places at risk in Lewes.
St Mary’s Social Centre (in Wallands), the Phoenix Centre (in Cliffe) are other examples of where the County or District doesn’t care about Lewes and would be happy to threaten the existence of these places. If, and when, community centres are at risk Lewes Town Council should step in offering to hold in trust the centre if communities groups come forward to run them. We should not allow our District or County Council’s to sell off any of our common facilities.
The All Saints Centre, owned and run by Lewes Town Council, must be a centre for young people and community arts. With a background in Youth Work, being the director in the past of a Social Centre I would be able to bring my past experience to help with the governance of the centre.
The Town should celebrate its fantastic sports clubs (including the co-operatively owned Rooks), and the latest bid for the developments at the Dripping pan should get full support of the Town Council.