National Park chief rates Lewes

Trevor Beattie, the Chief Executive of the South Downs National Park Authority was the speaker at the Friends of Lewes AGM on Monday March 23rd, and he was most positive about the part the town plays in the National Park. Over a third of the people in the park live in Lewes and he claimed it is that special combination of people, place and spirit that makes it the heart of its area.

In a wide-ranging survey, he outlined the Authority’s many new initiatives in the past four years and expressed his enthusiasm for a planned European chalk down-land project and the promotion of cycling – themes that drew approval amongst his listeners. He believes that Lewes can “have it all” – protecting its landscape, encouraging tourism and being home to thriving business.