Newhaven council office to move

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A COUNCIL office being moved into Newhaven town centre is being billed as a way to help regenerate the town.

Lewes District Council said it was planning to sell its office in Fort Road and move to a central location.

It is hoping to share an office with other organisations and has been in discussions with East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, the Library Service and others.

The decision to push ahead with its office relocation plans was made at a cabinet meeting at Lewes House yesterday (Thursday July 12).

Lead member for business, economic development and tourism at Lewes District Council cllr Rob Blackman said: “We are going to invest £900,000 to make the council’s town centre presence a reality.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to work with other partners to have a first class facility from which local residents can access a variety of local services.

“Currently our offices in Fort Rd offer a range of housing services but we want to increase and enhance the services we provide in the future.

“The Fort Road offices are removed from the main town centre and public transport connections and are therefore not suitable for our future plans.

“We want to make it easier for local residents to access services from a single location. It makes good business sense to share facilities with other partners for the benefit of all.”

Lewes District Council is planning to offer residents a range of improved services from its new town centre location in Newhaven.

The council is currently in negotiations with East Sussex Fire and Rescue Services to share new offices and other partners to deliver a range of complementary services to the local community.

The Fort Road offices house tenant and leaseholder service, rents, estate management and sheltered housing.

Cllr Blackman added: “In terms of regenerating the town centre, which is a key priority for us, we know that by bringing services people want and need into a central location increases numbers of people using and visiting the town centre, which in turn will encourage new retailers and businesses to come forward with investment opportunities.”