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Residential waste and recycling collection in Lewes District

Cllr Vic Ient with one of the new 240 L recycling bins

New Recycling Scheme Update

The roll-out of the new recycling scheme is well underway. The coastal towns of Seaford, Newhaven and Peacehaven etc have all received a new recycling bin and are benefiting from the much-expanded recycling service. For more details of the service CLICK HERE 

The Lewes District Council scheme is separate to the East Sussex County Council recycling centres where you take your recycling and rubbish including such things as electrical goods, old fridges and bikes as well as garden waste. For more information on the county services and their proposed changes click here

Current status of the programme for roll-out of the full co-mingling service:

  • the new service is currently being rolled out in my council ward – Kingston Ward (Piddinghoe up to Kingston). See my recent post: click here
  • The next area will be Lewes which should roll-out in April.
  • All other areas will follow and be completed by July.

Some people have commented they don’t like the blue lids. I agree but I am pleased the new service is coming into operation. It has taken me over two years of badgering to get the Conservatives to implement a recycling scheme which will help us reduce the amount of plastic waste sent to the incinerator and help lift us off the bottom of the council league tables for recycling. When I joined the council we were down at 24% whereas other councils around the country were achieving around 50%. We are now steadily climbing the league tables and I’m sure we will well exceed the 30% which is where we are at the moment within the next few months!

What can you recycle?

Here is a summary from the LDC leaflet:

If you can’t take the 240 L bin you can ask the council to give you a smaller bin – 140 L.  If you have any queries or need assistance telephone 01273471 600 and press option 4 and then option 1.

Residents who can’t manage a wheelie bin can continue to use their existing containers (a combination of black boxes and bags) for recycling. If residents are using their existing recycling boxes and bags the advantages are that they can mix up what they’re putting in those containers after the roll-out has been carried out in their area.

So, what about the rest of the rubbish? In summary, there are two scenarios:

Those residents who can’t take a wheelie bin:

  • Recycling – residents can continue to use their existing recycling bags and boxes for the full ‘co-mingling’ recycling service.
  • Residents can use any receptacle for their ordinary waste but there may be an opportunity for the whole street to get a free bag (green) for their ordinary waste. This would only be issued where households cannot take any type of bin and where there is high gull/vermin activity. This has the advantage that it will be very difficult for vermin and gulls to break open the bag. This should keep the streets a lot cleaner in places where there are terraced houses and flats.
  • Food waste – residents can continue to use their existing food waste bins. This service does not change.

Those residents who can take a wheelie bin:

  • Recycling – residents can get a free 240 or 140 L wheelie bin (blue lidded).
  • Ordinary waste – residents can continue to use their existing receptacle or buy a 140 or 240 L ordinary waste bin for £20 or £30 (see below).
  • Food waste – residents can continue to use their existing food waste bins. This service does not change.

Ordinary refuse bins

  • Smaller 140 litre bins are suitable for households with 1-4 people. They cost £20 including VAT and delivery.
  • Larger 240 litre bins are suitable for households with 5 or more people. They cost £30 including VAT and delivery.

‘Bring sites’

  • In coordination with the roll-out of the full co-mingling service ‘bring’ sites are being upgraded. This has already happened in some of the coastal towns.
  • ‘Bring’ sites are also being upgraded with a large bin to take tetra packs and coffee cups – see the example picture below.
  • The number of ‘bring’ sites will be reviewed as part of the current review and roll-out programme.
Councillor Vic Ient and LibDem campaigner and environmental spokesperson for the Lewes Town Liberals, Oli Henman, visiting one of ‘bring’ sites which has been equipped with one of the new recycling bins which will take ‘tetra packs’ at the car park near the precinct in Lewes



New recycling scheme for household collections in Lewes District

Dear residents,

Many residents in Kingston Ward (Falmer – St Ann Without – Kingston – Swanborough – Iford – Northease – Rodmell – Southease – Piddinghoe) will have had an envelope delivered to their homes entitled “The way you recycle is changing.” Inside there is a letter to residents saying that your new recycling bin will be delivered in the next few weeks. Yesterday I had a meeting with the recycling team at the district council and have been informed that bins will arrive very soon:

  • Falmer – Monday 5 March
  • Piddinghoe, Southease & Rodmell – Wednesday, 7 March
  • Kingston and Iford – Monday, 12 March

The parish of St Ann Without will be split into two – the Ashcombe area (A27) is likely to be done with Falmer. The racecourse area will be done with Lewes in April.

These dates are subject to change but provided all goes well these dates will hold.

The council will deliver the 240 L bin. If you need a smaller bin or can’t take a wheelie bin at all, please contact the council on 01273 471600. Press option 4 followed by option 1 when the auto answer system starts. A 140 L bin is available but there will be a delay of at least a month. Hopefully, in the meantime, you can use the 240 L bin.

If you have any other questions or queries, please contact the council on 01273 471600 Press option 4 followed by option 1 when the auto answer system starts.


Cllr Vic Ient

Click the image below for more infromation

Budget success at the Lewes District Council for the Lib Dems

Lib Dem leader Sarah Osborne (centre) arriving at the LDC budget meeting on Monday night with some of her fellow councillors L to R: Will Elliott, Steve Saunders, Sarah Osborne, Olivia Honeyman & Graham Amy

Budget success at the Lewes district council for the Liberal Democrats and their leader Sarah Osborne!  All 5 of Lewes District Council Liberal Democrat Leader Sarah Osborne’s amendments to the Lewes District Council budget were approved with cross-party support this week. Measures include:

  1. Special fund of £2.2 million to provide new temporary accommodation for the homeless
  2. Introduction of on-street recycling bins
    Feasibility study to create a trade waste
  3. recycling service for small businesses
  4. A major environmental initiative to develop new standards in relation to new planning applications & building regulations which will include a range of sustainability measures such as renewable energy for new developments and ‘green corridors
  5. A series of events during 2018 to celebrate the Representation of the Peoples Act 1918 where women began to get the vote for the first time. The events would also promote equality and diversity in our society.

Councillor Osborne said: “Punch and Judy politics doesn’t achieve anything for the people who elected us. All Councils face huge financial and social challenges, so we must work together were we can to deliver more housing and a cleaner environment and deliver the services our residents rightly expect from us.



Lib Dems propose £2.2M ‘House the Homeless’ Scheme in Lewes District

Lib Dems at Lewes District Council are to propose a new housing scheme in the up coming budget council meeting on Feb 19th 2018.
Lib Dem Group Leader Sarah Osborne will be asking Councillors to support Lib Dem plans for 24 2-bed units or a mixture of 1-3 bed units that could be delivered quickly to provide new accommodation in the district for people who are otherwise housed in B&Bs in Eastbourne.


Councillors will be asked to back ring-fencing of £2.2m from the “acquisition of Land and Property” capital programme. The scheme has been shown to be viable and self-financing and would not increase council tax.
Cllr Sarah Osborne said “There is a massive shortage of affordable housing locally and homeless residents end up in B& B outside the district. This is a bad solution for anyone. It means people are a long way from jobs, schools, friends and family and it’s harmful to their wellbeing. It is also expensive for taxpayers. In last years budget, I secured funding for a feasibility study for better housing for those needing emergency accommodation. It shows it is possible and affordable to provide temporary, decent housing locally “.
Cllr Osborne added:
No specific site has yet been chosen and if councillors approve the funding Lewes District Council would still follow all appropriate procedures and consultations before moving ahead”.

Lewes: new recycling service to take more plastics!

After two years of campaigning since the election in 2015 the Liberal Democrats are finally succeeding in getting the Conservative controlled Lewes District Council to implement the  much-needed new recycling scheme.  The new scheme will allow all recycling to be put in the one bin! .  Many more plastic items can be recycled helping with the Lib Dem campaign for a #PlasticFreeLewes  Residents will have the choice of having two sizes of recycling wheelie bins plus an option of continuing to use their old containers. The Liberal Democrats want the Council to go further with curbside collections and provide gull/vermin proof bags for both recycling and general waste to those residents who can’t accommodate the large bins.  Typically this is for those who live in terraced houses, in flats and those with disabilities who can’t manage a large bin.  Vic Ient said “We have succeeded in getting a trial started in Lewes for the new gull proof bags and if successful I hope we can convince the conservative administration to include this as a standard option for all residents.”

In the photograph below Liberal Democrat District Council Environment Spokesman Cllr Vic Ient  is with District Cllr Will Elliott (Bridge Ward) and environment campaigner, Oli Henman (who is also the Liberal Democrat Candidate in the Lewes town Council elections), reviewing the new recycling scheme.

The roll-out of the new recycling service has started in the coastal towns and will come to the villages in the Lower Ouse Valley in March followed by Lewes Town in April 2018.

To find out more visit click here 

What can I recycle? click here

The new 240 litre green wheelie bins with a blue lid will replace the old assortment of boxes and bags currently used by residents for their recycling. With the new service much more can be recycled. If one of the new 240 litre bins (pictured) is too big, residents can ask for a smaller bin. The service should be completely rolled out by July 2018.

Printed, published and promoted by O Henman (Liberal Democrat) and Lewes Liberal Democrats all at Unit 2,Enterprise Centre, Denton Island, BN9 9BA.


HGVs breaking 6′ 6″ width restriction in Kingston near Lewes!?

Dear Residents,

A number of people have complained to me about the increasing number of HGV lorries coming through Kingston including grain lorries, articulated vehicles and coaches. On Wednesday, 13 September I actually caught one on camera (see below) outside the school. The lorry was on its way to Wyevale and, in my opinion, it should not have been travelling through the 6’ 6” width restriction in Kingston. I have written to the police to report the matter and to ESCC to ask them to write to the businesses along the C7 requesting them to provide information to their suppliers and drivers that Kingston via the C324 is not a permitted route for HGVs.

If you see a large lorry or coach travelling through Kingston please would you report it to the police on their 101 service. Or go to: It would be ideal if you could take a photo. Or you can report this incident to Operation Crackdown by clicking on Here you can upload photos as well.  Please also email me with the information.

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Your County Councillor

Dear Residents,

The county election seem long forgotten now, with the snap General Election events and all the national and world events that have followed. However, local campaigners and councillors continue their work in the community and the council.  Liberal Democrat Sarah Osborne was elected for a 4 year term for our area. She represents villages on the south west of Lewes from Ditching in the north to Newhaven in the south: Ditchling ; Falmer ; Iford ; Kingston ; Newhaven (part) ; Piddinghoe ; Plumpton ; Rodmell ; Southease ; St Ann (without) ; Streat ; Westmeston

Contact Sarah: E: or T: 01273 401606

At the County Council Sarah is on 2 bodies:

Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee  – This committee looks at the work of the National Health Service (NHS) clinical commissioning groups, healthcare trusts, and the NHS England Local Area Team.

East Sussex Fire Authority  – The Authority was created on 1st April 1997, as a result of  local government reorganisation and has significant statutory responsibilities laid down in the Fire & Rescue Service Act 2004 and The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

Sarah is also a member of the Lewes District Council and is on Appointments, Devolution, and Scrutiny Committees  and Leader of the Liberal Democrat District Councillor Group. She sits in on the powerful Cabinet meeting. Ignoring any form of proportionality the Conservatives have taken 100% of the seats on this committee. Sarah is also a current member of  3VA which is a charity that supports and develops the voluntary & community sector in Eastbourne, Lewes and Wealden.

Nationally,  Sarah is a member of the Local Government Association (LGA) and sits on the People & Places Committee which acts as the national group representing the interests of non-city areas.  The LGA is the national voice of councils and works to that ensure that local council’s voice is heard at national government level.

Sarah’s newsletter ‘Thank You’ for support in the county elections and in the general election is being delivered this summer. You can also see a copy by clicking the image to the left. The Focus newsletter covers a number of issues and here are some on them:

Tories drop plans to snatch free school meals after Lib Dem pressure

Theresa May has dropped plans to scrap free school lunches for infant pupils, after the Lib Dems criticised the Conservative plans, which would have deprived 1.7 million children of free school lunches, including 700,000 living in poverty.


Commenting over the recent schools funding announcement, Lib Dem Shadow Education Spokesperson Layla Moran said: “This is a desperate attempt to pull the wool over people’s eyes. Instead of providing the £4bn of extra funding promised, the Conservatives are recycling cash from the education budget. Schools still face cuts once inflation and increasing class sizes are taken into account.” Cllr Vic Ient said: “Whilst the the Tory Education Minister shuffles funds around to make us think the Tories are providing ‘new’ money, they are standing back and allowing services like Rodmell School to close”.


The Conservatives have also dropped plans to introduce a so called ‘Dementia Tax’. The tax would have forced the sale of family homes to fund care for the sick and elderly. “We do need to spend more on adult social care”, says Cllr Sarah Osborne. “But the Conservative plan was entirely the wrong approach and I am very pleased they have backed down.”