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Cabinet councillors welcome progress 'on all fronts'

Cabinet councillors at Lewes District Council have welcomed a report showing how far the council has come in delivering on their key priorities, such as sustainability and climate change, building community wealth, delivering homes and customer service.

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The council's priorities are contained in the 2022/2023 corporate plan.

A few of the highlights include 1,197 households registered for the summer 2023 Solar Together Scheme - the highest number of registrations in all local authorities participating in the scheme,  64 electric vehicle chargers being installed in 11 car parks across the district, the recruitment of a zero-carbon community worker, 148 new council homes completed or in progress and a council tax reduction scheme implemented for people on the lowest incomes.

Councillor Chris Collier, Cabinet Member for Innovation, Delivery and People, said:

"The progress we are seeing on all fronts is really welcome, particularly because I know how so many of our residents share the same priorities as we do, be it the climate and environment, prioritising the wealth and wellbeing of local people or increasing the availability of genuinely affordable homes."

Other highlights include the Cockshut Stream Restoration Project, where the council and partners are creating a new wetland, work to bring the Marine Workshops back into use through a mixed hub hosting the marine, education and commercial sector and new public space, the establishment of a modular housing framework with a local contractor to support a substantial programme of works, using modern sustainable construction techniques and a raft of measures to address the cost of living crisis for the most vulnerable in the district.

Councillor Collier added:

"We will soon start work on the next corporate plan, but I can assure everyone that the climate, community wealth and homes for people on our housing register, will continue to be front and centre of everything we do."

Published on July 17, 2023.

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