I WRITE to give my full support to the proposed development of Newhaven Railway Quarter and Quayside.
I had originally favoured the ASDA/Barrett Homes plan but have now reconsidered this. I wish to withdraw my support for the ASDA/Barrett Homes plan on the grounds that as this proposal is for an ‘out of town’ development. It would do nothing to regenerate the town centre of Newhaven. In fact it would do the exact opposite and further place the town centre of Newhaven into decline.
The proposed development of Newhaven Railway Quarter and Quayside would, on the other hand, be within the town and only over the river bridge from the existing town centre.
Thus shoppers and visitors alike, can cross the river between the two and generate much more use of the existing town centre.
This in itself would encourage traders back into the existing town centre to create new shop outlets and cafes.
The proposed development of Newhaven Railway Quarter and Quayside with the planned Tesco supermarket would not only enhance the town centre shopping experience but would provide shoppers with choice and provide competition which would again benefit shoppers and visitors as prices for goods would become far more competitive.
The proposed development of Newhaven Railway Quarter and Quayside would also regenerate the existing listed buildings and bring them back into use as cafes, restaurants etc. The proposed new quayside would tidy up a very derelict area and again make an amenity of it.
Newhaven Port would also directly benefit with the creation of a new ferry terminal and associated vehicle access and vehicle queuing facilities.
The only thing that would then need to happen to enhance the visitors experience of Newhaven, as they arrive on the ferry and come up the river, is to get rid of the first thing they currently see, the ‘scrap metal mountain’. It’s no good spending all this money and leaving an eyesore like that.
The Railway Club would also directly benefit from the building of a new club house.
The community would benefit directly with the creation of several hundred local sustainable jobs.
Overall, the town of Newhaven, the community and the local economy would be best served by this proposed development of Newhaven Railway Quarter and Quayside and I give this proposal my full support.
Geoff King, Seaford