Warm welcome for Newhaven Fire Station

Meeching Road Street View - proposed Newhaven Fire Station.
Meeching Road Street View - proposed Newhaven Fire Station.
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Plans to build a fire station on the derelict Saxonholme site in Newhaven town centre were welcomed this week following an exhibition.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said the exhibition was well attended and overall the scheme was met with a positive reaction.

It will spell the end of what has become an eyesore site in the town centre.

Cllr Steve Saunders, who is both a town and district councillor for Newhaven said: “I am glad that the long-awaited scheme is finally looking to get started.

“The site has looked such an eyesore for far too long.

“The outline plans need to be tweaked, to take on board some of the concerns raised over designs and parking on the site and the final structure will inevitably change to accommodate these amendments.

“There are many Newhaven residents like me, that remember the fire station being on the site many years ago, so there is an element of deja vu about the resiting of the facility in this location.

“I still have concerns about the workspace that will be available to our Neighbourhood Policing Team at the new site, but the Community Hub that this facility and our equally long-awaited new library building will provide, will hopefully enable the shops and retail outlets that remain in the town centre, to consolidate and flourish.”

The long awaited building is a joint scheme between East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, Sussex Police and Lewes District Council, which will share the facility, bringing more people into the town centre.

The new building will replace the dated fire station at Fort Road and will mean district council staff move out of their office, also in Fort Road.

The fire station will be shared with Newhaven Police.

Newhaven Chamber of Commerce also welcomed the proposal to build a new fire station in the town centre.

Chamber president Annie Lorys said: “The NH Chamber of Commerce are delighted to hear of these plans.

“It will be good use of this piece of derelict land and being in this location will hopefully help to integrate the emergency services more into the centre of the town, which should in turn help to revitalise our town centre.

“We look forward to its construction.”

Plans will also be on display in Newhaven Library in the High Street.

Details of the consultation and draft design impressions at: http://www.esfrs.org/newhavenproject

To respond to the consultation contact Alice Smyth at alice.smyth@eastsussex.gov.uk