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Plans for new fire station go on show in Newhaven

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 land in Meeching Road for the development.

People are being invited to view and comment on the plans at an 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 in Fort Road.

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.”

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne said: “This is an exciting project as the collaboration of emergency services will undoubtedly become more important to police forces in the future.

“The plans for a purpose-built building in a prime location will be a first in Sussex and I believe it will be of great benefit to the Newhaven community.

“How people now access police services has significantly changed and I want to make the best use of resources and ensure Sussex Police has buildings that maximise the use of the right technology and are easily accessible for the public. Newhaven residents will be some of the first to benefit from this.

“I’ve pledged not to remove a service or facility before a similar or better alternative for the public is put in place.”

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

 

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