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Council Leader heralds 'unprecedented era of prosperity' in Newhaven

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Cllr Andy Smith

Councillor Andy Smith, Leader of Lewes District Council, has described Newhaven as being on the threshold of unprecedented levels of prosperity and boasting potential that could see it become one of the most powerful economic hubs in the south east.

Councillor Smith was speaking after the government agreed funding for a new £23 million port access road. The road will provide direct access to the East Quay area of Newhaven Port unlocking 80,000 square metres of business space, generating up to 1,500 new jobs and taking HGV movements away from unsuitable local roads in the town.

Councillor Andy Smith said:

“There is a tangible energy behind the regeneration of Newhaven that has the potential to fuel an unprecedented era of prosperity in the town.  When you consider the various tranches of major investment being committed by the district council and our partners at Coast to Capital and East Sussex County Council, alongside the strategic focus on the Newhaven Enterprise Zone, we could be looking at a new economic powerhouse in the south east.”

The news about the funding for the link road follows the announcement earlier this year that Lewes District Council is planning a multi-million-pound transformation of Newhaven town centre.

The £38m mixed-use scheme will create hundreds of new jobs in the construction, retail and hotel sectors, whilst generating an additional £100m of inward investment into the local economy.

Councillor Smith said:

“The direction of travel is ambitious and won’t be without the sorts of challenges that divide opinion. Some discord is inevitable. However, I believe that we can and will coalesce around a shared determination to transform Newhaven and establish a town where generations of local people and businesses will thrive and prosper.”

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Published 30 August 2018