County secures £2.5 million funding to drive economic growth

East Sussex County Council has been awarded Local Growth Fund money by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) for the initiatives in the Bexhill and Seaford areas.

A total of £960,000 will help develop six industrial units to attract creative industries to Bexhill, while the remaining £1.5 million will go towards the cost of a bridge replacement project at Exceat.

Cllr Rupert Simmons, the county council’s lead member for economy, said: “I’m delighted that SELEP has recognised the value of these projects, which will help to further stimulate the economy in East Sussex.

“Both schemes support the county council’s key priority of supporting economic growth; one by encouraging creative industries to the county and the other by improving connectivity by addressing a major bottleneck in our road system.

“While there are still some challenges ahead with the Exceat bridge scheme – such as the need for a sensitive design which will win the approval of the South Downs National Park Authority – this is an extremely positive step forward.”

Construction of a new bridge at Exceat is expected to begin in May 2020 and support additional jobs in Newhaven, Seaford and Eastbourne, as well as tourism and additional housing in coastal towns.

The Bexhill Creative Workspace will consist of six light industrial units and is expected to create 36 additional jobs once complete in 2020. Rother District Council will be supporting the development with £800,000 of match funding.