The Leader of Lewes District Council has welcomed £1.3million in government funding for the former UTC building in Newhaven along with investment into other four projects in Lewes district.
The money announced today (Tuesday) from the government’s Getting Building Fund, designed to support economic recovery and create jobs, is a boost to the council’s plans for the site, which sits in the town’s Enterprise Zone but is currently empty.
Councillor James MacCleary, Leader of Lewes District Council, said: “As a Newhaven resident, I’m very pleased this landmark building has a fantastic future with the hub project to provide workspace for small to medium-sized enterprises complemented by an education and training offer.
"This is an important first step on bringing the building back into use, which will take up to 18 months as it needs a lot of work.
“We will keep working with our partners to get the real investment our town needs and deserves. Newhaven is an exciting place to be with a bright future ahead."
Lewes District Council was also successful in its funding bid for £250,000 towards the creation of new creative workspace in Fisher Street, Lewes.
This will become a co-working hub, providing an attractive and affordable environment for local makers and creative enterprises. It will allow them to use the space to work, have meetings and hold events on flexible terms and will include a café, space for activities and events, offices, and a board room. The space will also bring new daytime footfall into the town centre, helping to support existing shops.
Councillor MacCleary said: “This space will be a real asset for the creative industries enabling them to prosper and grow for the benefit of all who live there.
“The Co-operative Alliance has made support for businesses central to our plans for the district, so today’s funding news is welcome across the district.”
Other successful bids in Lewes district are for Charleston in Firle, The Sussex Innovation Centre (SINC) at the University of Sussex, and the Riding Sunbeams project to develop a solar farm to power railways in conjunction with Network Rail.