First annual general meeting for Friends of Riverside Park in Newhaven

Riverside Park in Newhaven.
Riverside Park in Newhaven.
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The Friends of Riverside Park will hold its first annual general meeting on Saturday March 29.

Anyone with an interest in the area is welcome to attend the meeting at the Lewes Road Hut at 3pm.

The group aims to safeguard the area as a public open space for future generations.

It was formed following a controversial decision by Lewes District Council to sell off part of the Lewes Road Recreation Ground to KEH Developments which wanted to build the world’s largest indoor water park on the site.

The ambitious scheme fell through because it was decided the former tip in Lewes Road would be too expensive due to the contaminated land at the site.

The meeting will agree the Friends of Riverside Park’s constitution, appoint officers to the committee and agree to set up a bank account for the group.

The group is hoping to raise funds, alongside other partners, such as Newhaven Town Council, to make the park a better place for local people.

Jo Pettit from the Friends of Riverside Park said: “The devolution of the Lewes District Council owned land at Riverside Park to Newhaven Town Council is now anticipated after a petition calling for the transfer was presented by local residents to Lewes District Council in October.

“The group is also talking to East Sussex County Council, upon whose land the environmental monitoring of the historic tip area takes place at Riverside Park, about ways in which the site can be protected for recreational use.”

To find out more about the group and Riverside Park visit their website