Newhaven could be reborn as multi million pound investment is promised

Flooding in Newhaven in 2013.
Flooding in Newhaven in 2013.
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Millions of pounds worth of investment will pour into Newhaven during the next few years, paying for a flood defence scheme, an enlarged enterprise centre and a University Technical College, boosting the local economy and creating jobs.

This week an exciting £7m flood defence scheme was announced by Lewes District Council, which said the work would free up more brownfield land for development.

The district council also heralded a £1.9m scheme for Denton Island which involves expanding Newhaven Enterprise Centre and creating a centre for marine and green technology.

The flood defences money came as a result of the Greater Brighton City Deal which was signed this week by local councils, including the district council.

It enabled the councils to bid for Government funding to give the local economy a boost.

Newhaven MP Norman Baker said: “It is great to see even more good news for Newhaven.

“Being a part of this scheme is going to benefit the town hugely and have knock on positive effects across the constituency. This is a massive amount of money that will help regenerate the town, provide opportunities for new investment and bring jobs to the area.

“The fact that the deal includes much needed funding for flood defences will come as a welcome relief to many in the town following the recent spate of bad weather.

“With better protection from flooding I am certain that more businesses will be attracted to what Newhaven has to offer.

“The tide has turned for Newhaven and it is on the way up.”

Money will be spent on protecting the East and West Side in Newhaven from flooding, with work starting in 2015/16.

District council leader Rob Blackman said: “As part of the Greater Brighton City Deal, we have secured millions for the much needed flood defence work in Newhaven which will drive the costs of land development down and increase the attractiveness of brownfield development sites.

“Over the three years we have been in power we have been instrumental in unlocking over £35m of Government investment in Newhaven, which is going to transform its appearance and the job prospects of the people in our area.”

On Denton Island an extension will be added to the nursery and a cafe will be built to act as a business hub for the Newhaven Growth Quarter.

Jobs will be created thanks to an extension at Newhaven Enterprise Centre for small to medium sized enterprises to move into.

The development will be paid for with a £1.9m grant from the Big Lottery Fund plus extra funding from Lewes District and East Sussex County Council.

Construction could start in autumn this year.

It will provide an opportunity for green and marine technology companies to set up at the centre on Denton Island, linking in with the University Technical College and the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm.