Peacehaven & District

Chamber of Commerce

A voice for business and networking at its best



Peacehaven & District Chamber of Commerce is a thriving modern membership organisation and is the responsible voice of business in the local area.

Run by business owners for business owners, the Chamber is the only organisation in Peacehaven, Telscombe Cliffs and East Saltdean committed to promoting the interests of the local business community. By joining the Chamber, your business voice is heard.

December E-News published

mag frontThe December edition of Peacehaven Town Council’s online magazine E-News has been published. Click here to see the pages.

To advertise in regular monthly editions of E-News, which has now replaced the printed quarterly Peacehaven Times, contact the council’s Civic and Marketing Officer, Deborah Donovan.

E-News is designed and edited by Chamber member Chandler Editing & Writing.

Chamber pressure triggers new parking survey

Steyning Avenue car park: November 25, 10am

Steyning Avenue car park: November 25, 10am

The Chamber, concerned about the loss of some public parking spaces in Peacehaven to make way for homes, is delighted there is to be another look at how many people are using one of the town’s car parks.

Following meetings between the Chamber and Lewes District Council officials there is to be a further in-depth study of usage at Steyning Avenue car park.

The district council is proposing to build homes on some car parks in the town but the loss of parking spaces has been particularly controversial.  The Chamber recognises the pressing need for more homes across the district but fears the impact the loss of parking, especially at Steyning Avenue, could have on businesses.

Phil Merry, acting chairman, said: “I am pleased the district council has listened to us and agreed to another survey on the use of Steyning Avenue car park, as well as looking at parking alternatives.

“It is important this work is done before the next public events. It is also vital that if homes are built on Steyning Avenue car park, alternative parking arrangements are put in place to replace the lost spaces. If not, businesses in the vicinity will suffer.

“Until the Chamber gets this undertaking from the district council we are not able to give the project our backing.”

And supporting the Chamber’s concern over the potential loss of parking spaces, the Department of Environment’s planning website advises:  “Within town and city centres in particular it is essential that sufficient short-stay public parking facilities are available to maintain economic vitality and viability and to allow them to compete with new out-of-centre developments.”

Chamber Christmas drinks

relicsThe Chamber is holding its Christmas drinks evening at the Telscombe Tavern on Thursday, December 17, from 7pm. This is an informal evening and everyone is welcome.

And as a special attraction this year, Peacehaven band The Relics will be performing live. The six-piece band, which plays covers from the 60s and 70s, features in its line-up Chamber vice-chairman Phil Merry on lead vocals and Chamber ambassador Nigel Enever on lead guitar.

The band has been wowing audiences in and around the town for the past year. Chamber secretary Rachel Brown said: “When I first saw The Relics I didn’t really know what to expect but I was blown away, they were brilliant.”

Don’t miss what promises to be a fantastic evening and a fabulous start to your Christmas celebrations.

Town’s MP at Breakfast Club


Simon Kirby, MP for Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven, was the speaker at a specially convened Breakfast Club.

He answered questions on a wide variety of topics including controversial plans to build on some of Peacehaven’s car parks, immigration, Europe, cuts in government funding for local authorities as well as updating members on his role in government. He also talked about the redevelopment of the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, which he has been championing and for which funding has now been formally agreed.

Another brick in the wall

Saltdean Lido is launching a Wall of Fame to raise £70,000 for an electricity sub-station.

The whole project is on hold after the restoration of the pools hit an unexpected roadblock. A £70,000 electricity sub-station is needed to power the pools as there is currently not enough electricity capacity in Saltdean

Saltdean Lido Community Interest Company, a Chamber member, says existing grants cannot be re-allocated to cover this so it is asking supporters to adopt a brick in the wall of the external plant room. Bricks can feature your name or a customised message dedicated to someone special, for many years to come, from £50.

Click here to find out more.

Cheaper digital courses

Chamber member Sussex Downs College is offering a November reduction on its forthcoming digital courses such as building better websites for beginners/intermediates and using Google.

Courses can be booked by contacting the college on 030 300 39474 or by email at

Simon is an ACES finalist

DSC_0812Entrepreneur Simon Studd, managing director of Chamber member Clean Cut Gardening, was highly commended in the ACES East Sussex Business of the Year awards.

He is seen here receiving his certificate at the ACES’ (Alliance of Chambers in East Sussex) BEST4BIZ conference.

You can find out more about Simon’s growing Clean Cut franchise by watching the video shown at the awards dinner. Click here.

New homes in Peacehaven

The Chamber committee met representatives of Lewes District Council and developers Karis to discuss the council’s plans to build homes in Peacehaven on existing car parks to help tackle the district’s housing crisis.

Chamber vice-chairman Phil Merry said: “We understand the need to build homes in the district but the ongoing concern our members have is that building on car parks, especially Steyning Avenue, will almost certainly have a detrimental effect on the surrounding businesses which we feel is not acceptable.

“We hope by working with the council we can find a mutually acceptable solution for the benefit of all concerned.”

The council has committed to work with the Chamber to try to find a solution.

You can read the full minutes of the meeting by clicking on this link  Housing Proposals Meeting with LDC 6 10 15.

Opportunities to advertise

Telscombe Town Council is promoting its quarterly newsletter Town Crier as an advertising opportunity for businesses.

An advert in the Town Crier starts from £40 an issue. It is delivered to more than 3,000 homes in the area as well as shops and businesses. You can see the latest issues on the council’s website

Quote TTC15 to get a ten per cent discount on an annual advert.

Telscombe Civic Centre also has various-sized rooms for hire from £10 an hour for business meetings, training or seminars.

For more information call 01273 589777, email or visit the council’s offices at 360 South Coast Road, Telscombe Cliffs BN10 7ES.

Simon chairs Breakfast Club

Simon Studd

Simon Studd

Entrepreneur Simon Studd, 31, MD of Clean Cut Franchise Ltd, is the Chamber’s Breakfast Club chairman until February.

Simon said: “I’m delighted to be taking on the role of Breakfast Club chairman. I want to build on the good work that has gone on before me.”

He continued: “I’m passionate about networking and the resources within Peacehaven & District Chamber of Commerce have been invaluable in helping me set up my gardening franchise business.”

“I am a newcomer to the Chamber but I can honestly say I have not looked back. Business networking is the single most effective form of marketing for any business. The Chamber is friendly, welcoming and a place to be if you want your business to grow.”