Friday, 19 December 2014

Newhaven: one step closer to shared building for the Fire and Rescue Service, Sussex Police and Lewes District Council

Construction will begin soon on the new fire station and shared facility in Meeching Road, Newhaven. This project will deliver a new build facility in the centre of Newhaven aligning key public services. It will combine a Fire Station, a Council community hub and a neighbourhood policing base delivering a range of public services to residents in the Newhaven area.

Following a tendering process, Morgan Sindall has been selected to construct the new building.  The construction phase is due to be completed by autumn 2015.

On 19 December 2014, the Chairman of East Sussex Fire Authority, Councillor Phil Howson, visited the site along with Fire Authority Member, Councillor Carla Butler, Leader of Lewes District Council, Councillor Rob Blackman, the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne and Inspector Rob Lovell from Sussex Police.

Together they helped to make a start by digging the first hole in the ground.

Chairman of East Sussex Fire Authority, Councillor Phil Howson, said “This marks the beginning of an exciting journey to deliver a joint, multi-agency, collaborative project, which will deliver savings to the tax payer and improve local services to the residents of Newhaven.”

Councillor Rob Blackman said “Lewes District Council, the fire and rescue service and Sussex Police sharing one building in Newhaven is not only an efficient use of resources but it's also great news for residents as they can now access a range of services under one roof.  From the perspective of town centre regeneration, we are bringing staff and customers into the heart of the town which will benefit the High Street.’

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “the combined services site here in Newhaven is a ground-breaking approach to emergency services collaboration.

Co-locating with  partners to provide a more joined-up service is part of my wider strategy to modernise  the Sussex police estate and respond to the way that people now access police services.

Many police buildings are between 50-100 years old and are no longer fit for purpose.  They have high running costs and layouts that don’t support modern policing and are often inaccessible to the public.

We are taking this opportunity to provide a 21st century working environment designed for 21st century emergency services. I have pledged not to remove a police service or facility before a similar or better alternative for the public is put in place so I am delighted that Newhaven residents will be some of the first to benefit from this."

Should you have any concerns or questions regarding the construction works please contact Kevin Mason, Senior Site Manager at Morgan Sindall Telephone: 01273 506222. 



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