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ESCC Funding News

ESCC’s latest funding news can be found here: https://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/community/funding/news/funding-news-april-2024

This is funding aimed and Charities and Community groups

Message from Cllr Emily O’Brien – Good News on Dog Fouling

Following concerns raised by residents and a similar query from Ringmer Parish Council, it was clarified that dog fouling is no longer a Bye Law. The whole of Lewes District is however covered by a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) for dog fouling, which means we could serve a fixed penalty notice on someone for not picking up – the problem though is of course catching them. I am pleased to confirm though that Lewes District Council’s Neighbourhood First Team have agreed to provide extra signage and patrols for Ringmer to help tackle the problem.

Sussex Police have launched their Operation Downsway survey which is really short and asks residents to share their experiences with anti-social driving, including e-scooters.

Link to the survey here: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/WC7VDL/


Here’s a picture of how the park at Fingerpost Field will look. Thank you to the school children who took part in the consultation last year; you had some great ideas. We hope you like the designer’s interpretation. They’ve included the rope swing and large climbing frame that were very popular choices. Much of the equipment is designed to be inclusive and there are social seating areas too. We don’t yet have a date for installation but it will be up and running in time for the summer holidays. We’ll let you know when we have a date.


We often get complaints about the state of the verges in the village. Sadly, the Parish Council has no power to address this issue. We have referred the problem to Highways but it doesn’t meet their criteria to repair. It is clear that as our roads have become busier with more parked cars, there are times when vehicles mount the verges as the roads aren’t wide enough to pass the parked cars. We would welcome any ideas you may have on how to stop this happening and could we politely ask that we all, as residents, park courteously without causing damage to our verges.

Please email any suggestions to: admin@ringmerparishcouncil.gov.uk


A PCSO attended our meeting last night and went through the Police Report on last month’s crime. His report can be found on our website under Supporting Docs for our 12/03/24 meeting. He agreed to speak to the schools and past offenders regarding the recent reports of youths shooting ball bearings with BB guns at someone’s front door. He also mentioned the use of catapults in the past. He said it would be useful if anyone with any information could report it to 101 as this helps build up a pattern of when and where a recurring incident is happening and increases resources to enable them to help effectively rather than attending when the offenders have left. As a reminder you should call 101 if you want to talk to your local police officer, get crime prevention advice, or report a crime that does not need an emergency response.



Message from Lewes District Council:

Cabinet councillors have approved a plan that sets out the council’s overarching priorities and aims for the next four years.

Reimagining Lewes District: Delivering the Vision 2024 – 2028 builds on the successes of the past four years, outlining council strategies and projects that will be delivered across the district.

The plan has five key areas:

  • Delivering high quality, responsive services to local people
  • Supporting local people through challenging times
  • Providing leadership in tackling the climate and nature emergencies
  • Creating sustainable community wealth
  • Building genuinely affordable homes

Councillor Zoe Nicholson, Leader of Lewes District Council, said: “This plan presents our commitments to residents and businesses for the next four years, and provides us with a firm basis to work from as we continue to navigate through challenging times.

“At the top of the list is our continued support for vulnerable people in Lewes district who are struggling to make ends meet through the cost of living crisis. Alongside this we will be doubling down on our efforts to tackle the climate and nature emergencies, as well as maintaining high standards in our frontline services.”

Read the full story here

To download the draft plan and consultations report, visit



Message from The Lewes Fund – availability of grant funding

The Lewes Fund was established in 2012 to help local community groups not only in Lewes but also in the surrounding villages. They make grants to local community groups with the aim of reducing disadvantage and building a stronger, sustainable community for the future. The process for applying for grants is straightforward, details can be found at http://lewesfund.org.uk

Donation request

The Lewes Fund is administered by the Sussex Community Foundation, itself a well administered registered charity. There are the usual tax advantages to making donations to the Lewes Fund through the Foundation. They would be grateful of any donations.

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Please take care. There have been instances where a person claiming to be a gas engineer has tried to gain access to properties. Always remember to ask to see ID and if in any doubt call the Police on 101.