Alfriston Parish Council - Housing Needs Survey
In November 2020 every household in the parish will be receiving a housing need survey; this is a short questionnaire designed to assess the nature and scale of housing needs within the parish. This survey is being carried out by Action in Rural Sussex, a Lewes based charity working to address issues affecting rural communities, in partnership with the Alfriston Community Land Trust and the Parish Council.
In most rural areas there is chronic shortage of affordable homes available which results in many young people and families having to move away from their roots and support networks to find affordable accommodation. This creates problems in terms of community cohesion as key services and facilities struggle to survive whilst family networks are broken up and the loss of intergenerational support that this entails; an issue for older people and younger families alike.
If you or anyone you know is in need of affordable housing, or has some other housing need, please complete and return the survey. If you know of someone who is currently living elsewhere who is in housing need but who has a local connection to Alfriston then this survey is also for them as they may also be eligible for any housing that may be provided in the future.
Community led housing involves local people playing a leading and lasting role in solving housing problems, creating genuinely affordable homes and strong communities. Community Land Trusts (CLTs) are one form of community led housing, where communities come together to deliver new or refurbish existing housing to meet local needs.
CLTs are set up and run by local people to develop and manage homes and other assets that their community wants and needs. Typically this relates to local needs affordable housing but can include a range of other community assets from pubs and post offices to nursery’s and renewable energy projects. CLTs are defined in Section 79 of the 2008 Housing and Regeneration Act.
Alfriston Community Land Trust was formed by local people in 2017 as a Community Benefit Society whose core aim is the provision of genuinely affordable housing for local people in perpetuity. If you would like to know more about the CLT or to get involved in its activities then please get in touch with Penny Macleod at / Alfriston CLT Facebook group. Or Polly Eason (CLH Enabler)
For more information on the survey or about community led housing generally please contact Graham Maunders 07824 900092 /
Cuckmere Churches and Community Support Network
If you or someone you know is self-isolating or unwell with Corona Virus we are willing to help. This leaflet has been delivered under the auspices of assisting those who are vulnerable or anyone who is in need.
Telephone Cuckmere Churches
Kelly 07903 687705
Stephen 07811 647452
Community Support Network helpline
We can help in various ways including:
Delivery of food and provisions
Collection of prescriptions
Other needs considered on request
Churches are closed at present but Daily Prayers continue to be said for the community. If you have any prayer requests please email or ‘phone us using the contacts provided. A weekly talk and prayers are available to view on the church website. www.cuckmerechurches.org.uk