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Areas around Lewes

On 13 Sep 2011 at 9:41am Brrrp wrote:
Can anybody tell me what these places are like in terms of living there:
South Heighton
Are they nice little places (or are there nice places within them) with their own identities - with village pubs, etc.
Or are they (for the most part) 'orrible litte angry places full of nasty people?
On 13 Sep 2011 at 7:28pm I dont live in lewes... wrote:
'SeafordÔ?? - I like the sound of the word.
It means people can live free, talk free, go or come, buy or sell, be drunk or sober, however they choose.
Some words give you a feeling. Seaford is one of those words that makes me tight in the throat - the same tightness a man gets when his baby takes his first step or his son shaves or makes his first sound like a man.
Some words can give you a feeling that makes your heart warm.
Seaford is one of those words.
ps. If the locals take a dislike to you it rapidly becomes "an 'oribble little place full of nasty people"
On 13 Sep 2011 at 11:09pm Chav wrote:
The stench of stale urine takes some getting used to as well. x
On 14 Sep 2011 at 8:30am Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
Polegate and Willingdon are virtually part of Eastbourne, really. It's hard to spot the join. They are sort of "bungalow towns". Polegate's town centre makes Lewes look like a heaving metropolis by comparison.
Willingdown hasn't got a centre, just the old village shop (the old village part is quite pretty) and a small parade of fairly useless shops in the newer bit by the triangle (which also boasts an excellent, clean and fragrant public toilet - how do Wealden council manage what LDC seem to find impossible?)
South Heighton is largely modern with not a lot going for it imo. I even prefer Denton!
I quite like Seaford - it's a proper town with decent shops. However, it does have quite a problem with drugs and drunken yobboes. It also has a dire nightclub. These factors may well be connected.
On 14 Sep 2011 at 10:36am Fairmeadow wrote:
Polegate: Victorian railway town. Fairly run down at present, not much character. About to get quite a lot bigger - maybe much bigger under the new "The Default Answer is Yes" planning system. Much cheaper than Lewes, but you'd have to like Eastbourne.
Seaford: Former Cinque Port and until 1832 a rotten borough. Loads of 20th century expansion, but hemmed in by the National Park so not much room for further growth. You'd have to like flint beaches and old people.
Willingdon: Used to be a lovely Downland village, now "quite nice" Eastbourne suburbia. About to get a lot bigger - all the green playing fields etc by the main road are allocated for housing in the new Wealden Core Strategy. National Park defines the western boundary of development. Again, you'd have to like Eastbourne, and be respectable.
South Heighton: Used to be a lovely Downland village, but Denton/South Heighton now high density suburbia. Hemmed in by the National Park and the Ouse flood plain, so further development unlikely. Excellent views of the Newhaven incinerator, and you get the fumes too on the west wind. You would have to like Newhaven, but Newhaven needs people to love it. Lots of redevelopment likely in the town, which most people think is a good thing.
Have you considered Uckfield? Much cheaper than Lewes, and despite lots of recent and future growth a proper market town, surrounded by lovely Wealden villages you probably won't be able to afford, but with excellent country pubs. By-pass keeps through traffic out of the town.
On 14 Sep 2011 at 11:58am Brrrp wrote:
Thanks ACT and Fairmeadow - really good responses, thanks for taking the time.
Fairmeadow - re: Uckfield - we have considered it but trains to brighton are non-existent thanks to the (weirdly) closed track (I can't figure out why this was ever considered a good idea!), which means getting to work would require a long-ish bus journey (with a change?) - that's my understanding anyway.
The main thing for us is a convenient, stress-free lifestyle, so lots of commuting and hassle are a no-no for us!

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