Richi Sunak visits Newhaven: £13 million government investment is secured

The Chancellor of The Exchequer, Richi Sunak joins local MP Maria Caulfield in Newhaven to see the difference £13 million funding can make to regenerate the seaside town.

Both Mr Sunak and Ms Caulfield hope the investment will transform Newhaven by boosting the fishing industry, bring in new jobs and levelling up the wider economy.

Mr Sunak said: “There is an enormous amount of optimism, people have been waiting for years and years for something to happen and they feel like they have been left behind. Now for the first time they feel like someone has listened and delivered for them.”

The fund will also go towards building a new Centre of Excellence for Seafood Processing at Avis Way, creating an auction room and marketplace. As well as creating a new restaurant and community destination on the promenade area by West Beach to retain spending in Newhaven for longer and stimulate a local market for fish.

The Chancellor believes young people in Newhaven should be “super optimistic” about their future.

The funding is in addition to the previous funding secured by Maria Caulfield MP for Newhaven including £19.3m from the Town Deal, £5m from the Future High Streets Fund, over £6m from the Port Infrastructure Fund, £1.2m from the Getting Building Fund, and £800,000 from the Cultural Recovery Fund for Newhaven Fort.

Maria Caulfield said: “For too long people have grown up in Newhaven and had to leave to bring up a family, it’s always been a place to drive through to get to Seaford or to Brighton. We want that to end and now we’ve got a massive opportunity.”

“I was delighted to have been able to secure this funding of nearly £13 million for Newhaven in the budget that was announced by the Chancellor in October and I have been pleased to welcome Rishi Sunak to the town to show him how this funding will transform the local fishing industry.”

“These are big plans that will really help to regenerate Newhaven, on top of the over £30 million in other funding that has been approved for Newhaven.”

“These are big plans that will really help to regenerate Newhaven, on top of the over £30 million in other funding that has been approved for Newhaven.”

Image by Newhaven Town Council