Could Newhaven Police Station be turned into a base for arts and youth activities?

Newhaven police station
Newhaven police station

A councillor is pursuing a plan to turn Newhaven Police Station into a centre for arts and youth activities.

Cllr Robbie Robertson said there was a lack of facilities for young people in the town and pointed to Newhaven’s thriving community of artists.

Sussex Police announced plans to close a number of police stations across Sussex earlier this summer, including police stations in Newhaven and Peacehaven, and replace them with community hubs and public contact points as part of a five year plan.

Cllr Robertson said: “I don’t want it to be turned into another block of flats because I don’t think that will support the area.”

He will discuss putting in a bid for National Lottery Grant or a Community Involvement Grant with Newhaven Community Development Association.

Cllr Robertson is proposing the police station in South Road, which dates from the 1970s, could be used for local arts and for youth groups, such as the sea cadets and army cadets.

He added there was a square next to the building which could be used for parades, while art exhibitions could be held in the building and art workshops could be staged too.

Cllr Robertson even suggested turning the cells in the police station into a museum and linking it in with Customs and Excise, which operates from Newhaven Port.

He added: “Newhaven has got quite a lot of artistic people because of the way the prices are in Brighton.

“We have got enough flats to support the town.

“The arts and youth building would bring people into the town.”

A number of sites in the town are earmarked for housing, including the Newhaven Eastside site.

In addition Sussex Police, Newhaven Fire Station and Lewes District Council are planning to move out of their bases in Fort Road and move into a building, yet to be built, on the Saxonholme site in Meeching Road.

Together with the sites identified by the district council as areas where development could be permitted in the Local Plan, it could mean a lot more homes being built in the town.

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