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Council forges ahead with Newhaven town centre multi-million pound revitalisation

Lewes District Council is driving forward with plans to regenerate Newhaven town centre following its successful bid for more than £5 million from government.

A programme board is being set up to oversee progress of the Re-imagining Newhaven scheme which will transform under-utilised and vacant commercial properties in the heart of the town centre over the next three years.

Councillor James MacCleary, Leader of the Council and local councillor for Newhaven South, said: "Feasibility work will be completed this month, marking another step towards reinvigorating the town centre so that Newhaven's potential is fully realised as the great place to live, work and visit that residents like myself already recognise.

"The government's Future High Streets Fund has a highly competitive bidding process and being awarded this grant is a significant achievement for the council, Newhaven and Lewes district as a whole."

Re-imagining Newhaven will provide work and meeting spaces for the creative industries as well as strengthening and diversifying the town centre to broaden the service on offer for residents. Access to the town centre will be improved to attract more people there and encourage them to stay longer so that spending locally increases to help build community wealth."

The scheme includes bringing the former Co-op building back into use and an overhaul of the multi-storey car park in Dacre Road.

Construction is expected to be completed by spring 2023.

Councillor MacCleary added: "As residents we all know that our town is a great place to live and work, but it has been let down too often over the years. We still hear a lot of big promises that come to nothing so I'm really pleased that we can announce something concrete. The former Co-op building and the multi-storey car park are in desperate need of investment and these will be our priorities for this funding.

"With the opening of the new riverside venue The Sidings at Railway Quay, the reopening of the fort last month with more than £1 million of improvements and the transformation of the town centre moving ahead, Newhaven has a huge amount to offer."