Plug pulled on Newhaven water park plan

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An ambitious scheme to create the largest indoor water park in the world in Newhaven has been ditched.

The company behind the plan, Kuwaiti European Holdings Company (KEHC), said it had taken the decision because the project was not financially viable.

Lewes Road Recreation Ground, which was controversially sold to the water park developer, will now be returned at no cost to Lewes District Council.

Kuwaiti European Holdings spokesperson Fenlon Dunphy said: “Our review has led us to the conclusion that this particular project is not financially viable; whilst we regret withdrawing from this project, we hope that all will understand the decision has been taken for sound commercial reasons.

“We would like to extend our gratitude to the councils involved, county, district and town; for their cooperation and support throughout the process.

“Many will be aware that a piece of land in Newhaven was acquired by KEHC from Lewes District Council (LDC); this land is being returned by KEHC to LDC, at no cost to LDC.”

Read the full story in the Sussex Express tomorrow.