Port decision hailed as massive boost for area

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A decision to select Newhaven Port for the operations and maintenance of a proposed offshore wind farm has been hailed by Lewes District Council and East Sussex County Council as a massive boost for the economy.

District council leader James Page warmly welcomed the announcement by E.ON that Newhaven Port would be used to support the Rampion Offshore Wind farm, subject to E.ON being granted a development consent order.

Cllr Page said: “This is fantastic news for Newhaven and a tribute to the excellent work and vision of Newhaven Port and Properties.

“It’s also a testament to working in partnership.

“Lewes District Council has supported Newhaven Port and Properties at every stage and we are committed to making this happen.

“This will provide a boost for the district council’s aspiration to have a University Technological College supporting an engineering and renewable hub in Newhaven.”

Cllr Carla Butler (L.Dem, Newhaven) said she welcomed the news, and looked forward to seeing the plans.

Cllr Butler said: “Hopefully it will also help the talk of a new technical college for Newhaven become a reality.”

Cllr Peter Jones, leader of the county council, said: “One of the key aims of our £500m budget for growth is to support business expansion across the county - so this announcement is a fantastic boost for our economic regeneration plans.

“We’ve campaigned for over two years at both regional and national level for this outcome on the wind farm issue so we’re absolutely delighted. This decision will ensure much needed and significant investment in Newhaven Port and most importantly will bring new jobs to the town.”