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May 22 2016.

Lewes District Council is  holding the first in a series of Community Street Meeting events tomorrow,  Monday the 23rd of May between 9.30am and 1.00pm next to the children’s play area in Valley Road, Newhaven.

The main purpose of the event is to meet with residents and offer practical help and advice about what the Council and its partners are doing to improve the cleanliness and visual appearance of the area, promote responsible dog ownership, keep the area free of litter and let residents know they can take advantage of a one off opportunity to dispose of an unwanted item for free. In addition Police Community Support Officers will be on hand to discuss concerns in relation to local crime and provide information on joining the Neighbourhood Watch scheme for the area.

Councillor Paul Franklin, Lead Member at Lewes District Council said: “I urge local residents to come along and see first-hand what the Council and Police are doing to address concerns raised by residents of Newhaven Valley. With a focussed approach by the Council and its partner agencies, any problems brought to our attention are being addressed in a positive way to maintain and improve the quality of life for local residents.”

Animal Wardens are also offering a dog chipping service for £10 so that dog owners can comply with the legislation that came into effect on the 6th of April this year and requires the owner of all dogs to have them chipped. If this isn’t done then a notice will be served requiring them to comply within 21 days. The fine for non-compliance can be up to £500.

A street clean and litter pick will be undertaken in the area on Monday morning to further improve the visual aspect and quality of the area.

You can also find out more and enrol in the “Paws on watch scheme” to act as an extra pair of eyes and ears in the local community to report back anything that appears suspicious or unusual, as well as helping to promote responsible dog ownership.

Anyone unable to attend the Community Street meeting who has any questions can contact Lewes District Council Customer Services on 01273 471600 or email: