Opening of th Sidings Cafe, Newhaven
Dignitaries gathered to mark the official opening of Sidings, the new harbourside attraction in Newhaven and one of a number of regeneration projects that are planned for the town.
The Sidings is located in the area between the former UTC building and Railway Club, boasting the "Sidings Bistro" and designed to accommodate further development phases for other businesses and community organisations; Newhaven Rowing Club will soon move into the Sidings.
Councillor James MacCleary, Deputy Leader of Lewes District Council and ward councillor for Newhaven South, said: "The Sidings is a really exciting addition to a waterside lifestyle that more and more people are enjoying in Newhaven, and with so much more good news in the pipeline, there's never been a better time to live in our wonderful town."
The Town Deal Board, a partnership that includes representatives from Lewes District Council, Newhaven Town Council, Newhaven Enterprise Zone, Maria Caulfield MP, East Sussex County Council and local businesses and stakeholders, secured funding from the government and the district council via the community infrastructure levy to develop the Sidings.
The opening follows hot on the heels of the successful £19.3 million bid for funding that will kick-start a number of ambitious regeneration schemes across the town.
Councillor MacCleary added: "I would like to thank my colleagues on the Town Deal Board for their efforts in unlocking the potential of this important gateway location and sharing my enthusiasm and belief in the huge economic, social and cultural opportunities on offer in Newhaven.
"Living with a young family in the town I am thrilled that our efforts to attract major investment are paying off, not just for residents and businesses now, but for generations of people who choose Newhaven in the future."