Thumbs up for Depot Cinema scheme in Lewes

The Harvey's Depot in Lewes with Robert Senior, Carmen Slijpen and Miles Jenner.
The Harvey's Depot in Lewes with Robert Senior, Carmen Slijpen and Miles Jenner.

The first public consultation on the proposed Depot Cinema has resulted in a ringing endorsement from the Lewes public.

Around 150 people attended the event on Saturday when designs for the former Harveys Brewery depot site in Pinwell Road were unveiled.

The comments book was filled with enthusiastic support for the venture. Many expressed the view that Lewes has long needed a fully programmed state-of-the art cinema.

Members of the public also said they hoped the venue, with its proposed educational and arts facilities, would become a key cultural asset.

Some expressed concerns that the cinema would increase traffic in the area.

Robert Senior, speaking on behalf of Lewes Community Screen, said that all concerns will be carefully considered.

He said: “We plan to make arrangements with the station car park for those wishing to arrive by car, but would wish to encourage as many people as possible to arrive by foot, train or bicycle.

“The venue will only be busy in the evening after the commuters have left the car park”.

Other security and safety issues will also be fully addressed, he added. There was also universal approval of the design by Burrell Foley Fischer, the London-based architects, which sympathetically retains the existing warehouse whilst adding stylish extensions.

The building will be as environmentally-friendly as possible and feature a garden and an orchard.

The second and final public consultation on the three-screen cinema will take place at the venue tomorrow (Saturday) from 2pm to 5pm.