Was archaeological study done before work started on Newhaven fire station?

Now that work has started (at last) on removing the eyesore which has existed for so many years, can anyone tell me if the “archaeological work” was carried out as specified in the planning application LW/09/021 - PAC – 03/06/2009 Page 13. para 7.item 10?

This categorically stated that “no development shall take place until the applicant, or their agents or successors in title, has secured the implementation of a programme of archaeological work in accordance with a written scheme of investigation”.

I ask this question because there is written evidence that a short brick-lined tunnel existed under the building running from front to back with a vertical shaft at the end which emerged into what was originally the back garden.

In the floor of the tunnel immediately under that shaft was a well with a stone slab cap.

If that “archaeological work” was carried out, where can the results be viewed?

And if it was not carried out, why not? Because now, both the tunnel and well which constitute yet another piece of Newhaven’s history have disappeared without a record, either photographic or written, being made.

Finance for such work should have been available, after all the applicant and/or their agents had to finance the removal of the invasive Fallopia japonica (Japanese Knotweed) from the site a year or so ago, didn’t they?

R Beckett

Newhaven