Thousands set to join ‘peaceful protest’ in Lewes

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An estimated 3,000 people are set to take to the streets of Lewes today (Thursday, February 25) to call on developers behind the North Street Quarter to rehome the Skatehouse currently located in the Phoenix Estate.

Supporters will be skating, scooting and biking from Skatehouse on North Street at 12.30pm, up to County Hall to demonstrate outside and hand in a 3,000-strong petition at 1.15pm.

A Skatehouse spokesperson said: “A group of passionate skaters, scooter riders and skateboarders and their families will launch a peaceful protest in Lewes against Santon, the developer planning to destroy our home.

“Our action will consist of a procession of approximately 3,000 people through the town. We will blockade the headquarters of Santon in Lewes until they sit down and discuss a credible alternative to the facility so many young people rely on.

“Santon believe they can dismiss the young people in Lewes in the same way they have crushed the hopes of others on the Phoenix Estate. They can’t. Help us.”

Planning permission for the North Street Quarter was granted by the South Downs National Park Authority in December 2015. Since then, a petition has been set up and signed by more than 3,000 people, calling on the developers to find a new home for the groups housed on the site.

A spokesperson from Santon North Street said, “The Skatehouse was only ever temporary but the Malling Fields skatepark will be renovated as part of the redevelopment of the North Street Quarter.”

The petition is at www.change.org/p/lewes-district-council-save-skatehouse.

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