Newhaven and Seaford to get Mary Portas cash boost

Newhaven and Seaford have secured £10,000 of funding each from the Mary Portas scheme which seeks to reinvigorate struggling High Streets.

Although the towns were unsuccessful in the main bid, which locally went to London Road in Brighton, as well as other High Streets around the country, all the towns which applied for funding were given £10,000 each to help.

Towns teams were made up of various members of the local communities in Seahaven, such as members of the Chambers of Commerce.

Lewes District Council officers will meet with the Town Teams which helped put together the bid in the New Year to discuss how the money could best be spent.

District council regeneration project manager Lucy Knock, who led the Newhaven bid, said: “We are absolutely delighted.

“It was really great to forge links with the Chambers of Commerce, the town councils and Newhaven Community Development Association.”

Meanwhile the district council will also be offering free on street parking in Newhaven and Seaford for Christmas shoppers from December 15 to 31 in an effort to boost trade.

Lead member for business, economic development and tourism at the district council, cllr Rob Blackman, said: “This is great news for our traders and will give a much needed boost during these tough economic times.”

A total of 27 towns were chosen to become “Portas Pilots”, with the winners benefiting from a share of £1m to help turn around their “unloved and unused” high streets.