Lewes and Eastbourne to join forces on tourism

Cabinet councillors have welcomed a report outlining how Lewes and Eastbourne can make the most of tourism opportunities through their joint working arrangements.

With government funding for councils due to end in 2020, Lewes District Council and Eastbourne Borough Council instigated a joint transformation programme that will protect frontline services and deliver up to £2.7m savings a year by 2019/20.

Over the next three years, and building on the priorities within the Lewes District Council’s existing tourism plans, the councils will share resources and integrate staff between the two authorities.

They will also capitalise on the complementary visitor offer in the Lewes district and Eastbourne through joint promotion.

Other drivers include:

  • Establishing greater connectivity to the South Downs National Park and gateway role to the park played by the town of Lewes
  • Focus on health and well-being themes to develop new markets
  • Exploit the food and drink offer in the Lewes district
  • Encourage greater use of public transport for visitors
  • Develop closer ties between visitor attractions
  • Drawing on expertise within the tourism and enterprise team for the wider use of social media
  • Develop the Seaford – Eastbourne Coastal Link 

Councillor Tony Nicholson, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Customers and Partners, said:

“The Lewes district boasts an array of qualities that draw visitors from far and wide.  It makes perfect sense to pool our promotional expertise with Eastbourne and explore how we can maximise the benefits of tourism for both.”

Published 13 November 2017