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Magistrates Court

On 31 Jan 2012 at 10:59am Decent Citizen wrote:
Sale sign up. Anyone got any idea what is likely to replace it? Would have served a better purpose at the police station.
On 31 Jan 2012 at 11:23am Feline wrote:
I've heard a horrible rumour that Wetherspoon's are interested in it!
On 31 Jan 2012 at 2:53pm onewhoknows wrote:
Feline - why is that horrible?
On 31 Jan 2012 at 3:04pm bastian wrote:
do wetherspoons need a bomb proof building?
it's fine as long as we can lock the doors from the outside and they pay a man with a bucket of jays fluid to swab off the clientel as they leave covered in puke.
On 31 Jan 2012 at 3:10pm observer wrote:
Make a good soup kitchen for the unemployed.
On 31 Jan 2012 at 3:11pm Feline wrote:
Because it will turn into a large drinking venue - and large drinking venues usually result in anti-social behaviour - noise, rowdiness, vomiting, urinating in the street etc, etc. If I wanted this I'd live in central Brighton. Some people don't want to live with such behaviour. Information from friends who live near it, and from occassional experience, I would say that the Lansdown seems to be providing Lewes with an adequate supply of such behaviour already.
On 31 Jan 2012 at 3:49pm Southover Queen wrote:
I'm sure I heard Wetherspoons had categorically denied any interest in the magistrates court. They are however currently actively pursuing other "opportunities" in town - I can think of a couple of premises further up the High Street which would fit the bill.

I confess I feel much the same way as Feline about the prospects of another "vertical drinking establishment". I must say I'm glad I don't live near the Lansdown. And anyway we're hardly short of pubs in Lewes are we? Do we really need another one?
On 31 Jan 2012 at 3:58pm bastian wrote:
the crown is bad enough
On 31 Jan 2012 at 4:05pm jrsussex wrote:
Pay no regard to Wetherspoons denial of "any interest" in a particular site. The cities and towns of England are littered with locations that were of no interest interest to them, until they obtained the licence.
On 31 Jan 2012 at 4:08pm bastian wrote:
well knowing this rotten council the first you'll know about it is when the sign board goes up and the lager is delivered.
On 31 Jan 2012 at 4:21pm bonzodog wrote:
Oh Bastian, I thought you were the voice of leftist reason and truth! I think you must mean The District Council, don't forget there are three, Planning permission will have to be sought and advertised - that is the moment of action and campaign. The asking price is offers on £1,000,000. The vendor's agents are quite free with information!
On 31 Jan 2012 at 4:44pm DFL wrote:
"vertical drinking establishment", don't we mean horizontal ? well they usually are after a few pints !
On 31 Jan 2012 at 4:56pm Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
I think I'd prefer a McDonalds to a Wetherspoons. They really do seem to attract people for whom drinking is a problem (perhaps I mean "for whom NOT drinking is a problem" - I'm sure you all know what I mean!).
On 31 Jan 2012 at 5:18pm oilbarron wrote:
Spearmint Rhino's would be great !
I am sure it will end up as a block of flats in time.
On 31 Jan 2012 at 6:05pm bonzodog wrote:
Or that much needed town centre multi storey car park with shops and cafes underneath!
On 31 Jan 2012 at 7:48pm bloke wrote:
You know what it would be really good for? A magistrates' court. It's almost like it was built for it.
On 31 Jan 2012 at 8:15pm Mr Forks wrote:
I guarantee it wont be a pub of any sort, can't say any more however...........
On 31 Jan 2012 at 9:01pm Trevor wrote:
A cinema .....please
On 31 Jan 2012 at 10:33pm Lewes Cinema wrote:
Yes, maybe we could spend some of our so-called vast profits and relocate there..
On 1 Feb 2012 at 1:15am IMEYOU wrote:
On 1 Feb 2012 at 8:20am COFFEE PIRATE wrote:
We need more coffee shops, surely a large Starbucks would fit the bill nicely?
On 1 Feb 2012 at 10:54am Extra wrote:
It would have made a great Police Station (joined up thinking again), but
I'm surprised that it isn't of interest to expand the Crown Court which is
always running full and months behind, purpose built - they could move in
On 1 Feb 2012 at 11:27am Decent Citizen wrote:
Under the courts are Priory remains. They were found after demolishing buildings there at that time. The archaeological dig went on for some time. There were talks at the time of keeping it as an area of historic interest. The "desperate"need for a magistrates court,was deemed more important than preserving the history of Lewes!
On 1 Feb 2012 at 11:33am Clifford wrote:
Extra - I'm afraid your suggestions sound too much like common sense.
On 1 Feb 2012 at 3:09pm Lord Ballantyne wrote:
I reckon it would make a great Woolworths...
On 1 Feb 2012 at 5:38pm Observer wrote:
Who actually owns the magistrates court. If is owned by the public where is the money going and what is it being used for. The same question in regards to the old police station.
On 1 Feb 2012 at 7:19pm Earl of Lewes wrote:
It's such a lovely building
How about a cinema? The courtroom's large enough for a reasonable number of seats.
On 1 Feb 2012 at 8:56pm Builder wrote:
I assume that the magistrates court is owned by HM Courts Service and the money will go back into funding that service. The old Lewes police station was owned by the Sussex Police Authority and the money when it was sold will have gone back into Sussex Police coffers (and presumably paid to build the new police station)
On 2 Feb 2012 at 8:25am DFL wrote:
How about another charity shop ? and then, when all the shops are charity shops, it'll be a really boring town...just like the slum that is Twickenham !
On 2 Feb 2012 at 3:11pm bastian wrote:
as I said, this local council is corrupt..where is the money from the police station (sold to a developer)and many other parts of land behind Friars walk sold to developers.
Interesting that they did excavations on the land, how about a museum to bonfire, all the old costumes and photographs, each society could put something in.It was the railway station for the industrial parts of town..perhaps we could have that in the museum from the days when Lewes had heavy industry(or it will only survive in the names of flats like Iron row, or Cement terrace.
On 3 Feb 2012 at 8:09am observer wrote:
Great idea Bastian, a museum. There are so many artifacts that Lewes could potray with a history going back yonks. And what an interesting tourist attraction. Good suggestions however never seem to materialise in Lewes I am sad to say..

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