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Lowdown on the landport

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On 30 Oct 2012 at 11:09pm bored of birgton wrote:
Hello all,
We are thinking of moving to a house on the landport estate. We have two small kids and a larger one.
A brief skim through some of the posts on here would suggest that the residents of landport are looked down on somewhat ? Is this attitude that carries on into the schools ?
Is it really that rough ?
Also does anyone know what the local primary is like now ? I believe is was/is in special measures. Has it improved ?
Does it or has it flooded ? If so does anyone know how badly this affects home insurance ?
Any help much appreciated.
Ta
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On 30 Oct 2012 at 11:12pm bored of brighton wrote:
bored of 'Brighton' that should have said.
'priced out of Brighton' might however be more accurate
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On 30 Oct 2012 at 11:25pm landport dood wrote:
Landport aint that bad its actually very quiet compaired to brighton ,where abouts in brighton are you coming from then i can tell you the difference , i use to live in brighton myself ,,
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On 30 Oct 2012 at 11:27pm bored of brighton wrote:
we currently live in Hanover/elmgrove..
high on a hill away from raising waters
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On 31 Oct 2012 at 12:26am Jeeves wrote:
I hope that Landport Dood gramatical mistakes is a big elaborate plan to illustrate Landports contribution to Lewes.
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On 31 Oct 2012 at 12:46am PolarBearSoup wrote:
*Grammatical.
And if you need help spelling 'condescending' <----- it's done like that.
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On 31 Oct 2012 at 3:31am Expat two wrote:
I hope that Jeeves' grammatical mistakes are an elaborate plan to illustrate his contribution to Lewes....something about glass houses & stones.
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On 31 Oct 2012 at 8:34am bored of brighton wrote:
So does the snobbery continue into the schools ?
Any stories or info about flooding on the estate would be appreciated
thanks if anyone can help
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On 31 Oct 2012 at 8:42am Fairmeadow wrote:
Only the houses at the very bottom of Landport flood. Lewes floods occur typically at about 40 yr intervals. If you are buying a house, your solicitor will have discovered for you whether yours was affected in 2000. There is no flood protection down there, and none is planned, though it would be perfectly simple to create a bund there.
Landport used to be a giant council estate, which means that the houses are much better built and more spacious than contemporary private sector housing. Most of the houses are privately owned now.
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On 31 Oct 2012 at 9:25am Happy here wrote:
Good housing stock, mostly with fair sized gardens. The houses, as previously stated, are more spacious and you are mostly 2 Minutes from river and woods. A good local shop on the estate. Free parking. A flat walk to and from town (10-15 mins).
I would say that it is about 50/50 council and privately owned. A very broad mix of residents and like anywhere else you cannot pick your neighbours. We came from Brighton 10 years ago and have never looked back.
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On 31 Oct 2012 at 9:38am bored of brighton wrote:
Thanks for your replies.
The house we liked/can afford/could just about squeeze into is on the bottom road of the estate so I guess it would be liable to flooding. Is there anyway to find out if it has been without a solicitor ?
Doe this increase insurance premium significantly ?
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On 31 Oct 2012 at 9:49am Snorkel wrote:
No raise in insurance but you can't get flood cover on a new move so it's a big risk
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On 31 Oct 2012 at 10:42am Lanporter wrote:
I would prefer living at the top of the estate rather than at the bottom. Its quieter and the views are incredible! So i would look higher up.
I moved from Brighton too...can see a pattern happening!
Every school you would go to has their problems, but how can a school improve if all the 'good' kids go to other schools? There are plenty of choices of other schools around if you dont like Pells.
Anywhoo Landport is nice, ok not like other 'posh' areas but as mentioned the houses are very sturdy, decent gardens and great access into town oh an free parking (at the mo!)
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On 31 Oct 2012 at 11:26am Happy & contented wrote:
With the exception of 18 months during the early 60's I have spent my entire life living in Landport. Great neighbours, close links by rail to City, Brighton etc. Wonderful views, woods, river aned hills 10minute walk away. Good luck with your house hunt. Incidentely schools in Lewes are good, obviously some better than others.
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On 31 Oct 2012 at 11:38am just a parent wrote:
Latest ofsted inspection report for Pells - The school is making good progress

Check it out here »
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On 31 Oct 2012 at 12:11pm Harold wrote:
Flood defense being done at moment
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On 31 Oct 2012 at 12:13pm bored of brighton wrote:
thanks
As regard to the schools , it was less about how good they are but if the posh kids are snobby to those from the estate . One of mine is secondary school age
and well ... there is quite a degree of snobbery on this forum . I was wondering if the kids in school had the same attitude.
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On 31 Oct 2012 at 12:44pm Southover Queen wrote:
I really wouldn't worry about the "people" you encounter here, BoB. This forum is full of posters who appear to be the spawn of the devil. I'm sure they're all lovely in real life. Lewes is a nice friendly place to live and the schools are generally really good.
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On 31 Oct 2012 at 1:09pm Passing by wrote:
I think there is a house in Fitzroy road for sale. Number 20 I think. Not sure if it has been sold. Nice roan/neighbours and is up near the top
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On 31 Oct 2012 at 1:12pm bored of brighton wrote:
thanks fitzroy . i'll have a look
the one on landport road looked out onto feilds and trees.. shame it might fill up with water
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On 31 Oct 2012 at 4:24pm lewisian wrote:
Bob the one at the bottom will be fine they are building the flood defences as we speak and yes every house along landport road were flooded back in 2000
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On 31 Oct 2012 at 4:43pm bored of brighton wrote:
thanks lewisian.
whilst not the prettiest house the trees and fields out the front made it seem most attractive.. Well I guess we have to look into insurance costs . I guess it also impacts on the ease in which we would be able to sell it on should we have to.....
hummmmmmmmm
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On 31 Oct 2012 at 8:16pm insured wrote:
Snorkel..................get your facts right.
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On 31 Oct 2012 at 8:54pm bored of brighton wrote:
insured.. do you mean you can get insurance ?
do you live on the bottom of the landport ?
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On 31 Oct 2012 at 10:01pm Captain wrote:
L&G will give insurance for the area.
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On 31 Oct 2012 at 11:24pm bored of brighton wrote:
thanks captain.
and thanks everyone for you comments.
would you say landport is more or less desirable than the new malling area ?
Not living there it's hard to say but malling seemed sort of isolated and somehow less characterful than landport.
I could be making that up though.....
Errrr what else do i need to know if we really are to move to lewes/landport ?
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On 1 Nov 2012 at 12:24am Fairmeadow wrote:
There are a lot of houses and rather few house designs in Malling. Nice, mixed community though and perhaps a bit quieter. Good access to the countryside; bit of a trog to the High Street, but along the river bank. South Malling school is superb. Built as a mainly private estate in the 1970s and early 1980s, so maybe not quite the build quality of Landport houses. Again, the houses at the very bottom of the estate flooded in 2000.
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On 1 Nov 2012 at 6:05am mickyboy wrote:
be warned all the council and former council houses in new malling are timber framed units originaly built with dispensation on the longevity requirements associated with new builds, every piece of timber is structural, to my knowledge a number of houses have had walls removed mainly between kitchens and dining rooms, , their was significant potential problems with the original none room sealed boilers, agravated when double glazing was fitted without adequate ventilation being provided, saying that its a good place to live, and a couple of members of my family have bought, stayed a few years then sold on a at very useful profit.
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On 1 Nov 2012 at 12:31pm wanderer wrote:
also Birmingham and midshires will insure I also asked them to check with underwriters and I mentioned the 2000 floods and that the property did flood, they said none on their records.
And offered contents. However as this property is rented we didn't try buildings insurance, So could be a different case.
Barclays quoted well over £1000 mark a case of not interested!
As with the Pells school they are doing very well now.
Remember there is no Virgin media here, O2 mobile is poor
and you must like fireworks
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On 1 Nov 2012 at 2:19pm bored of brighton wrote:
there is broadband though ??
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On 1 Nov 2012 at 2:42pm Ed Can Do wrote:
There's broadband anywhere there's a phone line, although the speed of it depends a lot on your distance from the local exchange. What you don't get in Landport or indeed much of Lewes is Virgin broadband or cable tv. BT are currently rolling out fibreoptics in their street cabinets so you'll be able to get optical-from-the-cabinet speeds of around 20mbps in some parts of Lewes at some point but I wouldn't hold your breath waiting for fibreoptic from the home 100mbps speeds. As far as I know, most of Lewes can get around 7-8mbps download speeds which is fine for streaming movies and more or less ok for online gaming, depending on who else in the house is using it and what time of day it is.
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On 1 Nov 2012 at 6:37pm wanderer wrote:
o2/be or bt is good for streaming or gaming the others I cannot comment on
 
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On 1 Nov 2012 at 8:05pm Old Malling wrote:
Malling offers a better school and a few other benefits but less house for your money than Landport and no pub! Personally, I would rather have (parts of) Landport than new Malling but a lot of it's down to personal preference. I'm very happy in old Malling but it doesn't suit everybody
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On 1 Nov 2012 at 10:54pm wanderer wrote:
slightly unfair to rate against pells since it's just coming out of special methods and improving fast. The only way would be to have a tour of each school at the area's you decide to move to.
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On 2 Nov 2012 at 10:43pm bored of brighton wrote:
Thanks for the contributions. I'll be back when we find another house or have a better understanding of the flood risk. As it is we dont want sleeple7ss nights everytime it rains:-)
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On 4 Nov 2012 at 1:48pm Blois resident wrote:
You may be able to subscribe to the Oyster project internet if you pick up the signal..works out at £10 a month and no need of a land line.....simples!!
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On 5 Nov 2012 at 10:06am brixtonbelle wrote:
If its possible, why don't you try renting in Landport before buying ? Then you can get to know the town a bit better ? Visit the schools before hand and base your choice on your own and your child's impressions. We live in the flood zone and got insurance underwritten by L&G in the end, but others can get it through LV. Its much more expensive if you are in conservation area or listed building, but Landport is neither, plus it's over 10 years ago. Have you actually been to Landport ? You will see that much of it is on a steep slope, so only the lower part flooded. I can thoroughly recommend living in Lewes and have friends on the Landport who love the community feel and good neighbours.


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