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Long awaited Newhaven Fire Station plan to be unveiled

Saxonholme in Newhaven, taken around the 1940s. Next to it the fire station.

Saxonholme in Newhaven, taken around the 1940s. Next to it the fire station.

A public exhibition will showcase plans for a new fire station in Newhaven town centre on the vacant Saxonholme site.

Residents will be able to find out more about the scheme at the exhibition at the Hillcrest Centre on Saturday March 8.

The long awaited building is a joint scheme between East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, Sussex Police and Lewes District Council, which will share the facility, bringing more people into the town centre.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service bought the land in Meeching Road for the development.

People are being invited to view and comment on the plans at the exhibition from 10am to 3pm at the Hillcrest Centre in Hillcrest Road.

The new building will replace the dated fire station at Fort Road and will mean district council staff move out of their office, also in Fort Road.

The fire station will be shared with Newhaven Police.

If it goes ahead, it will leave an empty police station, fire station and district council office, begging the question: what will be built on those sites?

East Sussex Fire Authority chairman councillor Phil Howson said: “By working together and sharing facilities, it aims to deliver significant savings to each organisation, both in terms of build and future running costs.

“The project will also enable better working partnerships to be forged between the partners and improved local facilities for the people of Newhaven.”

Lewes district commander, Chief Inspector Rob Leet, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for Newhaven’s Neighbourhood Policing Team and our local partners to provide a joined up service.

“We’ll continue to be in the heart of the local community, making our services accessible and convenient. Working alongside partners is just one example of how Sussex Police is changing over the next few years to improve service for members of the public.”

The town’s Neighbourhood Policing Team will continue to be based at South Road Police Station until this new community hub is up and running.

The planning application is due to be submitted in April.

Plans will also be on display in the library.

Details of the consultation and draft design impressions can also be viewed at: http://www.esfrs.org/newhavenproject

For further information or to respond to the consultation contact Alice Smyth at alice.smyth@eastsussex.gov.uk

Saxonholme, formerly known as Dacre Villa, was demolished in 2006 due to the poor state of the building.

The site has been empty since and occupies a prominent position on the ring road. It is a key part of regenerating the town.

According to Our Newhaven (www.ournewhaven.org.uk) the census of 1871 said the first occupant of Dacre Villa was George Stone, brewer and coin dealer who lived here with his wife Barbara and their eight children having moved from a cottage in South Lane.

It was also used to house the South Lewes Children and Families Team from 1982.

 

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