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Moving to the Lewes area - Peacehaven, Newhaven et

On 21 Feb 2011 at 3:09pm Lyn from Kent wrote:
We are thinking of moving to the Lewes area and want to know what it's like to live there. At present living in Kent so it will be a totally new move - hence this request. Any parts to shy away from or parts that are better than others. Will also need to find a job - what are the opportunities. Is there a good bus service - don't want to commute too far as that is what I do at present.
Any information gratefully received
On 21 Feb 2011 at 3:20pm 'ere be monsters wrote:
Depends how much money you've got to spend!
On 21 Feb 2011 at 3:29pm Ed Can Do wrote:
The job prospects depend entirely on what it is you do. Likewise, how different it is depends on where in Kent you live at the moment and the bus service depends on where you want to get to.

If you live somewhere like Edenbridge, you'll find that Lewes is a bit like that, as is Ringmer and to a certain degree Heathfield and Uckfield. If you live in Ashford, then you'll feel perfectly at home in Newhaven or Seaford. Moving from Kent to Sussex is unlikely to be much of a culture shock.

If you want to live in Lewes then unless you have massive savings or another source of income you're unlikely to end up working in Lewes. There's very few job vacancies in town and those there are don't pay enough to live here. If you're looking for work in Brighton then it helps to be an accountant or work in "New Media" although that sector has collapsed rather in the last year or so.

Essentially, if you already have a job and aren't living somewhere completely horrific, you might be better off staying where you are. Lewes is certainly alovely place to live but you'll pay premium to do so and finding a job locally might prove more trouble than the move is worth.
On 21 Feb 2011 at 3:57pm bastian wrote:
I hear Denton has a bus service.
On 21 Feb 2011 at 8:06pm SHS wrote:
You will find fewer poles in the fields. The town gets noisy in November and you'll need to put Christmas in the diary to realise it's approaching. Lewes residents don't have opinions - these are controlled by the district and county councils. Avoid the valleys and the High street. There's a good train service if you avoid weekends and the rush hour and if you have all day. Ditto for the bus service. For a job, Tesco and Waitrose are expanding or for a six-figure salary try the district and county councils who are always hiring more staff.
On 21 Feb 2011 at 10:30pm WilliamDyer wrote:
Lewes is a wonderful place to live, but I agree that there are few job opportunities and the cost of housing is pretty high.
Newhaven and Peacehaven are pretty rough, and poor transport links. Seaford marginally better.
On 23 Feb 2011 at 3:32pm Mrs Kleenex wrote:
@SHS what crarp about council salaries! Apart from the top few (overpaid indeed, I agree) you're living in dreamland mate
On 26 Feb 2011 at 7:22pm bastian wrote:
Tis true about jobs here,most local jobs are paid at around 15,000 or 24,ooo if you're lucky,yet a one bed flat will cost you 185,000...it just doesn't add up,makes you wonder who is buying the houses here,it won't be my kids.

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