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Open Data

The councils are committed to being open and transparent about how we work and will provide information about how we manage our business and finances.

This data is freely re-usable under the same terms as Open Government Licence on UK Government's National Archives website.

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Since we have many Freedom of Information requests of a similar nature during the course of the year, we now create standard reports.   

The Eastbourne reports include all business rate accounts, any reliefs applicable to the accounts and any credits applicable. New business rate liabilities are shown in the first column and indicated with a 'Y'. 

There are three separate reports for Lewes. These include all business rate accounts, business rate credits and new accounts.

As we create these reports on a monthly basis, we will not continue to provide individual responses to requests during the year, or for similar information. Any such requests will be politely declined.  

The information has been screened to remove the names of sole-traders as this data is exempt from disclosure under Section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000; however, their business addresses are shown. Account references are not included as these are personal to the account. 

When applying for a refund, you will need to provide documents showing that you were, or are the ratepayer, or that you have permission from the ratepayer to act on their behalf.

Contracts Finder provides full details of our contractors.

You can find further information about the East Sussex Joint Waste Contract, which includes Eastbourne Borough Council in the attachment below. 


When we put a contract out to tender, the full details and application processes are published on:  Contracts Finder 

At the end of April each year we have a statutory requirement to publish information about the number of off street parking spaces within Lewes District Council and Eastbourne Borough Council's control.

The attachment contains information regarding on-street and off-street Eastbourne parking spaces where charges apply and which are provided directly by Eastbourne Borough Council, together with details of private off-street car parks.  This does not include details of on-street parking spaces which are provided by East Sussex County Council.

Below are the number of off-street parking spaces for Lewes District Council:

Free = 823

Charges (including permits) = 1208

Annual Parking Reports, the Joint Parking Board minutes and financial information for the above can be found at: East Sussex County Council Parking Annual Reports and Minutes

Under the Code of Recommended Practice for Local Authorities on Data Transparency, we are required to publish our constitutions on our website:

If you’re a third party solicitor enquiring about our insurance policy details and Portal ID, Lewes District Council and Eastbourne Borough Council's liability insurer is Zurich Municipal.

Solicitors wishing to lodge liability claims against Lewes District Council or Eastbourne Borough Council should therefore do so via the Zurich Municipal Claims Portal. You can download the relevant details for each authority below.

Please note that Lewes District Council and Eastbourne Borough Council are not the highway authority.  The highway authority for all highways in Lewes and Eastbourne is East Sussex County Council.  Claims relating to roads and pavements along with pothole and highway tree incidents should therefore be sent direct to them at: 

East Sussex County Council, Highways Claims Co-coordinator, Ringmer Depot, The Broyle, Ringmer, East Sussex, BN8 5NP.

As part of our commitment to the Local Government Transparency Code 2015, Lewes District Council and Eastbourne Borough Council have published detailed lists of our land and property assets, excluding social housing.

We are continually up-dating and publishing this data and will review this periodically as part of our normal asset management arrangements. Please note this data is intended for analysis and is not in a printer friendly format.

Eastbourne Borough Council has launched a scheme for councillors and their communities. Each ward has been given £10,000 to spend on quick fix one-off works or initiatives to improve the lives of residents within each of the nine council wards.  

You can download a copy of the Devolved Ward Budget Schemes for 2016/17 below:

You can download details on payments over £500 made to Eastbourne Borough Council suppliers below.

Where information relates to individuals the payment is shown but details that identify individuals have been replaced with Redacted Personal Data to comply with the Data Protection Act.

The information only relates to supplier payments and does not include Housing Benefit payments or refunds, and the councils will not disclose sensitive personal information.

If you have any queries about a particular payment then please contact us.

You can download Information regarding Information Technology (IT) below.

Since we have many Freedom of Information requests regarding various IT 'issues' during the course of the year, we now provide details of the frequently asked questions, together with their responses.  These will be updated on an annual basis.

Download our corporate management structure chart for the joint councils below. This will be updated when changes are made to the structure.

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Data about parking revenues is coming soon.

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At Lewes District Council and Eastbourne Borough Council we ensure our approach to pay is open and accessible for residents.

Download our pay policies, corporate management structure, senior officers pay disclosure information and gender pay gap report below. 

Pay Multiples

In Eastbourne the 'pay multiple' worked out as the ratio between the highest paid salary and the median average salary of the whole of the council's workforce is 5.5.

You can search online for Eastbourne full planning application details dating back to 1995 at Eastbourne Planning Applications . You can search online for decision notices only dating back to 1948. Please note that we no longer hold paper files at our offices. 

You can search online for Lewes full planning applications received after March 2006 at Lewes Planning Applications with limited records available from 1948.  

All Lewes planning applications received after 1st April 2012, that are within the National Park (SDNPA), are only available to view on the SDNPA website. Lewes District Council continues to process the applications but all associated documents appear on their website. 

We are frequently asked for information about public health funerals, people who have died with no known next of kin, bona vacantia estates and estates which have been referred to the Treasury Solicitor.  This information is supplied by year and the listings contain all information that can be made publicly available.

Eastbourne’s public toilets are managed by Eastbourne Borough Council. Most are open from 7 am until sunset.

If you find a problem with an Eastbourne public toilet you can report the problem online.

You can download details below of where the toilets are, their facilities and other key information. The second document in csv format is designed for open government requirements and gives far more specific information about the toilets’ locations:

The Local Government Transparency Code 2015 requires us to publish details of the value of the houses and flats that we own as social housing.  The publication of this information is not intended to suggest that tenancies should end so that the councils can realise the market value of their properties.

We use independent, professional valuers to value the homes and the valuations are carried out in accordance with government guidance. 

The market values are, in the opinion of the valuers, the best sale price that could be obtained for the property at the time of valuation. The adjusted Existing Use Value – Social Housing (EUV-SV) represents the assumption that the properties have sitting tenants with potentially below market value rents and statutory rights such as right to buy.

Please see attachments below for data about trade union facility time.