Positive response to £5m scheme at Dripping Pan in Lewes


Lewes Football Club supporters have welcomed plans for a £5million regeneration at The Dripping Pan.

The plan is to completely renovate the Mountfield Road venue and turn the ground into a multi-use community venue.

The accent will be firmly on young people and the Sussex Youth Network Centre (SYNC) would address them losing their creative outlets in Lewes and beyond.

It has been described as a “win-win” situation for the town.

Charlie Dobres, Board Director at Lewes FC, said: “Since the news about the club’s regeneration plans broke, we’ve had lots of supportive feedback.

“I think the idea of a brand new, state of the art youth complex is something that has particularly appealed to people.

“Young teenagers and their parents are crying out for a facility like this.

“We’ve also had valuable feedback on our plans for a 3G all-weather pitch [earmarked for the Convent Field] and this is helping to inform our final decision about where to place it.

“We’ll be sitting down with our partner architects BBM who have devised the designs so far and going through all the comments received.”

Mr Dobres added: “Already this week, we’ve been meeting potential fundraisers and organisations who share our remit to help the people of Sussex. Things are moving on apace.”

The regeneration would incorporate, amongst other things, retail units, a recording and rehearsal studio, a cafe and a fitness area.

The scheme would help to send The Rooks soaring towards their ultimate goal – a place in the promised land of the Football League.