Name: Philip Carr-Gomm.
Profession: Author and psychotherapist.
Other activities? I help to run the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids.
Best thing about Lewes? Its architecture, history and hills.
Worst thing about Lewes? The county council building.
Favourite pub? I don’t drink much, but I like The Snowdrop.
What’s your poison? Coffee at Nero’s
Waitrose or Tesco? Neither - I hate shopping.
What do you think about traffic wardens? I love them. Wouldn’t it be great if Lewes became the first pedestrianised town?
Local lad? After thinking London was the centre of the universe for 35 years, I came here 18 years ago and realised it was actually in Lewes.
Favourite Bonfire Society? I’ve found a secret location where you can see three perfectly!
Phoenix Development, yes or no? I have no problem with more housing as long as it doesn’t encroach on the countryside, but the problem is the increased volume of cars.
Supersize Tesco? I want to put in a planning application to build an incinerator next to Tesco’s to burn all the packaging they produce to get the idea across that supermarkets = consumerism = environmental degradation.
Lewes landmark? The magnificent copper beech outside Lewes prison, one of the few trees left after the recent orgy of destruction by the new prison governor.
Perfect Sunday afternoon? Walking the hills with my family.
What cd is in your hi-fi? Verdi’s Rigoletto
Lewes would be better if… we could conserve the beautiful big trees we have in town.
What Lewes really doesn’t need is… the rubbish all along Winterbourne Hollow and either side of the A27 out of Lewes.

Philip Carr-Gomm: “Hands off our trees”
     
 
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