Newhaven MP launches petition for free parking in Newhaven

Newhaven MP Norman Baker is calling on Lewes District Council to provide free car parking in Newhaven to support local businesses.

A petition has been launched by Norman to enable others to show their support for the initiative which would enable people to have free short stay parking in Newhaven town centre for up to 2 hours to encourage people to pop into the town centre and use facilities and services there.

Norman says “Newhaven businesses need the support from Lewes District Council to assist in bringing people back to the town centre of Newhaven.

“Parking is a factor that puts people off from popping into the centre to make use of facilities there, instead of driving out of the town and to areas where free parking is.

“I am disappointed the Tory controlled district council have not taken this chance to support small businesses.

“Lewes District Council have the opportunity to throw the town a life line and support local businesses to have the opportunity to thrive once more in the town.”

The call for free parking is also being supported by Newhaven Chamber of Commerce.

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Seaford MP welcomes progress for Splash Point

Seaford Lib Dem MP, Norman Baker has welcomed the news that Lewes District Council and Seaford Town Council have agreed funding to start work at Splash Point in Seaford.

The area was damaged in storms earlier this year, which led to Lewes District Council erecting fencing and gates to keep the public out, due to safety concerns.

Both Seaford Town Council and Lewes District Council have agreed £10,000 each to put towards these repair costs and once again open the area to local residents and visitors to the area.

Norman met with Greg Barker MP, Energy Minister and the Prime Minister’s Flood Envoy, this week at Seaford seafront where he raised the on-going issues of maintenance and repair at Splash Point, alongside the Leader of Lewes District Council, Rob Blackman and representatives of the Environment Agency.

Norman says: “I am pleased to hear that there is progress being made towards getting repair work underway at Splash Point and applaud Seaford Town Council and Lewes District Council for putting forward the money towards this.

“Having raised the on-going issues of Splash Point with Greg Barker MP today, I hope to find a long term solution to the continued maintenance and repair for the area.

“I hope these works progress quickly to ensure that this area is open to the public as soon as possible.”

MP welcomes local campaign to get tough on rogue landlords

Local Lib Dem MP Norman Baker has welcomed news that Lewes District Council is adding its support to Shelter’s national campaign to tackle rogue landlords.

Councils who sign up to Shelter’s campaign are asked to take tough action against landlords who are ignoring their responsibilities to tenants, including to proactively inspect properties to make sure they are appropriate homes and enforce laws that already exist to stamp out rogue landlords.

Norman says: “I have heard from a number of constituents whose landlords have made their lives a misery and I welcome the news that Lewes District Council are going to be proactively support this worthwhile campaign”

“I would now like to call on other councils to do the same thing and get tough on all unscrupulous landlords”

Further information about Shelters Campaign “Evict Rogue Landlords” can be found

“Crime falls again in Lewes District” Says Crime Prevention Minister Norman Baker MP

Lewes Lib Dem MP and Crime Prevention Minister Norman Baker has welcomed the news that crime have fallen across Lewes District.

Current Local crime figures show that overall crime across Lewes District is down by 19% between June 2010 and December 2013.

Along with a reduction in violent crimes, there has also been a significant reduction of criminal damage and arson down by 32%, drug offences down by 26%, public order offences down by 26% and burglary down by 25%.

Norman says: “This is very welcome news indeed for my constituents in the Lewes District, to be able to know the crime is reducing across the area.”

“On paper sexual offences show an increase but this demonstrates people are more willing to report sexual crime in the wake of Jimmy Savile and I welcome more people willing to report.”

“As the Lib Dem Crime Prevention Minister, I am very pleased with the progress we are making in tackling crime.”