with Mayor Merlin Milner
Name: Merlin Milner.
Profession: Mayor of Lewes as
of May 18th. And business consultant.
Local lad? I was born in the
Midlands and spent 18 years in London. Jennie and I have been
living here for six years now. My parents lived for 40 years
in Worcestershire and they were still considered tourists.
Given what happened last week it sums up what an eclectic,
accepting and friendly place Lewes is.
Best thing about Lewes? The Lewes
identity is very strong. There is also a distinct local community
spirit for all the different areas, too, like Cliffe and Neville
etc. I also love the fact that I keep discovering things about
the place, that I never knew were going on.
Worst thing about Lewes? People
don’t always understand the richness of the facilities
that are on offer here, and go further afield to buy things.
Also sometimes you bump into so many people in the street
it can take you an hour to buy the newspaper…
Favourite pub? The Gardeners,
and the Lewes Arms. Good beer and an eclectic bunch of people.
What’s your poison? Harvey’s
Best, every time.
Waitrose or Tesco (or neither)?
I would be dishonest if I said I didn’t shop in both.
I prefer Waitrose: more so since Tesco’s recent planning
application, aimed at benefiting Tesco rather than Lewes.
What do you think about traffic wardens?
The parking scheme used a sledgehammer to crack a nut. Sometimes
less is more and, while in the past the police almost ceased
controlling parking, we need to find a solution that suits
visitors, residents and traders. (cont, on next page)