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Council plans to sell land in Newhaven for £1

The Argus: A model of the proposed water park in Newhaven A model of the proposed water park in Newhaven

Land valued at up to £100,000 and spanning 47 acres looks set to be sold to a private company for just £1.

East Sussex County Council plans to flog its old landfill site, currently used as open space and known as Riverside Park, off Lewes Road, Newhaven, to Round Table Entertainment Ltd for less than the price of a loaf of bread.

Round Table Entertainment Ltd wants to build what would become the largest indoor water park in the world on the site.

Nearby land including the Lewes Road Recreation Ground was already sold to the firm by Lewes District Council in June for £84,000.

Originally East Sussex County Council had planned to landscape the land using cash from Veolia, which runs the nearby Newhaven incinerator.

The council said the benefits that the water park was set to bring meant that it was possible for it to be sold at such a knockdown price, although the deal will not be formally agreed until a council meeting on November 27.

The council added the economic regeneration of Newhaven was “a priority” which justified the £1 price tag.

Water park

The papers read: “It is proposed that both sites will form part of a significant hotel and water park leisure development that is reported could create up to 650 new jobs and 300 further posts in the local area.

“Therefore, it is recommended that the council should also make its land available for redevelopment to ensure that this opportunity is not lost.”

The site was run as a landfill from 1963 to 1981, when it was covered with vegetation and stone paths were laid. A former household recycling site will also be sold.

Rupert Clubb, county council director of economy, transport and environment, said: “The opportunity to redevelop this land will help support the economic regeneration of Newhaven – something we all want to see.

"If our lead councillor agrees next week, we will enter into an agreement to sell the land to Round Table Entertainments Ltd.”

In a statement on its website, Round Table Entertainment Ltd said: “We believe that the project will have a transformational effect on a town which has not benefited from the economic prosperity which other areas have enjoyed.”

Round Table Entertainments Ltd had not responded to The Argus as it went to press. If the firm fails to go ahead with the scheme, the land will be returned to the council.

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6:25pm Fri 23 Nov 12

Tom V says...

This is a disgrace and rips off the public. The water park will never be built because the infrastructure isn't there to support it. The town jams up during rush hour with existing traffic and the swing bridge means everything grinds to a halt for around 40 minutes whenever it's raised.

Newhaven needs investment but this project is not viable and public land is being given away. My guess is that we'll see housing there within a few years. Someone's going to make a huge profit at the expense of locals.

I'll give the council £10 for the land and let locals carry on using it for free!
This is a disgrace and rips off the public. The water park will never be built because the infrastructure isn't there to support it. The town jams up during rush hour with existing traffic and the swing bridge means everything grinds to a halt for around 40 minutes whenever it's raised. Newhaven needs investment but this project is not viable and public land is being given away. My guess is that we'll see housing there within a few years. Someone's going to make a huge profit at the expense of locals. I'll give the council £10 for the land and let locals carry on using it for free! Tom V
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7:46pm Fri 23 Nov 12

brighton-breezy says...

Tom V wrote:
This is a disgrace and rips off the public. The water park will never be built because the infrastructure isn't there to support it. The town jams up during rush hour with existing traffic and the swing bridge means everything grinds to a halt for around 40 minutes whenever it's raised.

Newhaven needs investment but this project is not viable and public land is being given away. My guess is that we'll see housing there within a few years. Someone's going to make a huge profit at the expense of locals.

I'll give the council £10 for the land and let locals carry on using it for free!
That was my first thought, but then at the end of the article it states that the land will be returned to the council if the project does not go ahead
[quote][p][bold]Tom V[/bold] wrote: This is a disgrace and rips off the public. The water park will never be built because the infrastructure isn't there to support it. The town jams up during rush hour with existing traffic and the swing bridge means everything grinds to a halt for around 40 minutes whenever it's raised. Newhaven needs investment but this project is not viable and public land is being given away. My guess is that we'll see housing there within a few years. Someone's going to make a huge profit at the expense of locals. I'll give the council £10 for the land and let locals carry on using it for free![/p][/quote]That was my first thought, but then at the end of the article it states that the land will be returned to the council if the project does not go ahead brighton-breezy
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8:01pm Fri 23 Nov 12

Sussex jim says...

Let's hope the business rates on the water park are more than the cost of borrowing £100 000.
Let's hope the business rates on the water park are more than the cost of borrowing £100 000. Sussex jim
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8:07pm Fri 23 Nov 12

Tom V says...

It might say the land will be returned but I wonder if that will actually happen!
It might say the land will be returned but I wonder if that will actually happen! Tom V
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8:26pm Fri 23 Nov 12

Nosfaratu says...

I think they may need a new bridge or a link road. The C7 will never stand the traffic.
I think they may need a new bridge or a link road. The C7 will never stand the traffic. Nosfaratu
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8:46pm Fri 23 Nov 12

On_the_Level says...

Why even sell it - just lease the land to them on a peppercorn rent.
Why even sell it - just lease the land to them on a peppercorn rent. On_the_Level
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11:53pm Fri 23 Nov 12

qm says...

I smell rats and backhanders . . . . .
I smell rats and backhanders . . . . . qm
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10:47am Sat 24 Nov 12

menowhere says...

the roads would never cope. shame really as the idea is a good one for the area.
the roads would never cope. shame really as the idea is a good one for the area. menowhere
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5:19pm Sat 24 Nov 12

sbiscorrupt says...

brighton-breezy wrote:
Tom V wrote:
This is a disgrace and rips off the public. The water park will never be built because the infrastructure isn't there to support it. The town jams up during rush hour with existing traffic and the swing bridge means everything grinds to a halt for around 40 minutes whenever it's raised.

Newhaven needs investment but this project is not viable and public land is being given away. My guess is that we'll see housing there within a few years. Someone's going to make a huge profit at the expense of locals.

I'll give the council £10 for the land and let locals carry on using it for free!
That was my first thought, but then at the end of the article it states that the land will be returned to the council if the project does not go ahead
And incinerated pigs might still fly!
[quote][p][bold]brighton-breezy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tom V[/bold] wrote: This is a disgrace and rips off the public. The water park will never be built because the infrastructure isn't there to support it. The town jams up during rush hour with existing traffic and the swing bridge means everything grinds to a halt for around 40 minutes whenever it's raised. Newhaven needs investment but this project is not viable and public land is being given away. My guess is that we'll see housing there within a few years. Someone's going to make a huge profit at the expense of locals. I'll give the council £10 for the land and let locals carry on using it for free![/p][/quote]That was my first thought, but then at the end of the article it states that the land will be returned to the council if the project does not go ahead[/p][/quote]And incinerated pigs might still fly! sbiscorrupt
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5:51pm Sat 24 Nov 12

cvs says...

I've got one of those. It's a Scandinavian arts and crafts fruit bowl turned upside down
I've got one of those. It's a Scandinavian arts and crafts fruit bowl turned upside down cvs
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