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Council takes next step towards multi-million pound regeneration of Newhaven

Lewes District Council is driving ahead with plans to regenerate Newhaven following its successful £19.3 million Town Deal bid from government.

Announced in July, the grant is set to deliver long-term, sustainable growth for Newhaven's economy and is matched by at least a further £3.2 million in funding from the public and private sectors.

The Newhaven Town Investment Plan was developed with the Newhaven Town Deal Board and focuses on five core themes: A thriving and vital southern gateway for the UK, celebrating the energy of the industry, re-imagining the town centre as a focus for community life, making the most of the town's maritime heritage.

Councillor Zoe Nicholson, Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Finance and Assets, said: "This award represents one of the highest offers per head of population from the government's Towns Fund and is a fantastic achievement for the council and the Newhaven Town Deal Board - a huge well done to everyone involved so far.

"It is a very exciting time for Newhaven. Our vision for the town combines many of our corporate plan aims such as building community wealth by increasing training and employment opportunities for local residents and providing enhanced green spaces and routes to enable more walking and cycling."

Councillor James MacCleary, Deputy Leader of the council and local Newhaven councillor, said: "This sort of investment in our town is a great start. After years of neglect, it is the council that is leading the way in securing funding for Newhaven that will support local businesses and employment as well as improving our public spaces and facilities.

"The key thing now is to get on with it and start delivering for the town. I am excited to see the Towns Fund projects start to take shape in the very near future."

Council officers are currently preparing detailed business cases for each of the Town Deal's seven strategic programmes and upon completion, these will be scrutinised by government before funds are released.

The government has offered all towns an advance of up to 5% of funds equating to £965,000 for Newhaven - which will be taken out of the £19.3 million offer - with the aim of getting the projects off the ground quicker. The first investments made are likely to be on a new pedestrian crossing and a boat slipway.