I wanted to update you on some exciting news about Newhaven. As you know since being elected a few years ago, regenerating Newhaven has been my priority especially the town centre.
Last week we heard from Government that Newhaven has been chosen as one of only 100 places invited to develop proposals for a new generation of multi-million-pound Town Deals .
The town is eligible for support from the £3.6 billion Towns Fund include places with proud industrial and economic heritage but have not always benefitted from economic growth in the same way as more prosperous areas. Newhaven has been allocated up to £25 million which the district council can use for regeneration.
The government will soon publish a prospectus to guide towns through the process and set eligibility criteria for funding. New Town Deals will improve connectivity, provide vital social and cultural infrastructure and boost growth – with communities having a say on how the money is spent.
Newhaven being selected as one of only 100 towns, and one of only 25 outside of the North or Midlands, to receive a Town Deal is excellent news for the town and is a sign that the economic regeneration of the town is continuing.
I have committed to the economic regeneration of Newhaven and have helped to set up the Enterprise Zone, secured the future of the ferry, and have helped secure Government funding to boost the towns prospects. I will continue to fight for Newhaven to regenerate the town and its economy.
I hope you will welcome the news and be assured that Newhaven remains a priority for me.