Peacehaven & District

Chamber of Commerce

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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.

Homes project set to be terminated

A scheme for new homes in Peacehaven, which would have included building on three car parks, looks likely to be scrapped.

The Chamber has been opposed to this project since it was announced last June, saying businesses in and around Steyning Avenue car park would be adversely affected.

Phil Merry, the Chamber vice-chairman, said: “We’re delighted that building on the car parks looks likely not to go ahead.

“We fought hard with Lewes District Council and the developers over this because of the justified concerns this development would have had on Peacehaven businesses.”

A final decision whether to terminate the project will be made at a Lewes District Council Cabinet meeting on February 17. To find out more, click here.

Business awards are back

An established part of the business calendar, Seahaven Business Awards have been launched by Newhaven Chamber.

The awards are open to any business in the Peacehaven, Newhaven and Seaford areas and are not restricted to Chamber of Commerce members. The closing date for entries is March 25. Click here for more details.

February E-News published

E-News cover FebThe February 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 contact the council’s Civic and Marketing Officer, Deborah Donovan.

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

Peacehaven 100 – a century of our town

Peacehaven cover lo resPictures from the past will help Peacehaven to celebrate its centenary. A 24-page special supplement to Peacehaven Town Council’s monthly website magazine E-News is now online.

It features rare photographs from the founding of the town up to modern times.

The Mayor of Peacehaven, Councillor Robert Robertson, said: “Peacehaven 100 is a great way to get our centenary year started. I hope everyone will enjoy looking at these wonderful pictures from the last hundred years.”

To see Peacehaven 100, click here.

Peacehaven 100 was designed 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. (Click LDC and ESCC Mtg Nov 15 for minutes of the most recent meeting.)

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.”

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.

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.

School and Chamber work together


Peacehaven Community School has welcomed Chamber members into its classrooms to help raise students’ awareness of the importance of developing employability skills, those essentials needed to be successful at work.

The school, a Chamber member, has worked closely with the Chamber to identify skills it wants from its future workforce. The “wish list” of literacy, numeracy, communication, teamwork, customer awareness and solving problems was shared with students through school assemblies.

Several Chamber members went to the school to help Year 9 classes to develop problem-solving and customer-awareness skills. Other members worked with Year 11 classes to improve communication skills through interview practice sessions.

Working together, the school and Chamber are helping students to develop a greater understanding of the world of work and of the skills they need to be successful.

“Peacehaven Chamber of Commerce opened two significant doors with the local town councils, who openly support Chamber members. I have no doubt we would not have had an opportunity to win this business, let alone other work, without our membership of the Peacehaven Chamber.”