Local elected representatives have reacted with disappointment and dismay to the decision of the Supreme Court to rule in favour of Newhaven Port and Properties and against the designation of ‘village green’ status for the West Beach in Newhaven, but have pledged to continue to work for the beach to be reopened.
Newhaven’s Lib Dem MP Norman Baker said: “This is a bitter disappointment for people in Newhaven, after all the effort that has been put in by the town council and the residents.
“But I want to assure people in Newhaven that we are not giving up.
“I have already asked for a meeting with NPP to see how we might go forward and to reactivate the idea of the town council coming to an agreement with NPP. Newhaven people will not rest until their beach is open to them once again, and neither shall I.”
Newhaven’s mayor Judith Ost adds: “We have fought a long legal battle because Newhaven people made it very clear that was what they wanted.
“We may not have the right to use the beach but the port owners could still give us permission to.
“We will do our very best to persuade the Port owners to come to an agreement which allows us to use the beach.”
Mr Baker was with the town’s mayor Judith Ost and others at the West Beach this morning (Wednesday February 24) who had gathered to listen to the decision of the Supreme Court.