Fire station breathes new life into derelict Newhaven town centre location

Saxonholme site, Newhaven.
Saxonholme site, Newhaven.

A new fire station shared with police and Lewes District Council staff will be built on an eyesore site in Newhaven.

Lewes District Council’s planning committee gave the scheme the green light at its meeting at County Hall in Lewes on Wednesday July 16.

It will be constructed on the Saxonholme site in Meeching Road, which has lain derelict for years.

Councillors raised concerns about a large expanse of white wall which seemed to invite graffiti artists to make their mark.

But the committee was assured anti graffiti paint and prickly bushes would be used to deter tagging.

The committee also advised the applicants, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, to use seagull deterrent measures, because the flat roof would be a magnet for birds wanting to nest.

When the new fire station is built, it will mean the fire station, police station and council offices in Fort Road will become redundant and open to future development.

Hopes are high bringing the fire fighters, police and council staff into a town centre location will help to revive the High Street.

The new fire station will be a few doors away from where the original fire station was back in the 1940s. Saxonholme, built around 1871, was demolished in 2006 due to the poor state of the building.