Skatehouse set to get new purpose built facility in Newhaven

Lewes Skatehouse is set to get a fantastic new purpose built facility when they relocate to Denton Island in Newhaven from the North Street area of Lewes.

Lewes District Council has acted pro-actively by identifying unused land and setting aside funds to provide a new home for skaters. This demonstrates the council’s commitment and promise to assist businesses to relocate from the North Street Quarter area in Lewes - helping to free up land for the 15 acre regeneration programme with its development partner Santon North Street, set to transform the area by delivering a truly exceptional development for the people and businesses of Lewes.  

The opportunity for a new building for skaters to use throughout the year, in all weather conditions, has been made possible by Lewes District Council’s plan to invest up to £530,000 on unused land at Denton Island.

Claire Heath, Director of The Skatehouse said:  'On behalf of the Skatehouse, we would like to say a huge thank you to Santon who offered us our premises on the Phoenix Estate to create an indoor supervised space for all wheeled sports, which has flourished in the last 4 years, offering an invaluable service to the local and wider community.  We are overjoyed that Lewes District Council have recognised our potential and are investing in our enterprise.'

Councillor Bill Giles, Lead Member for Finance at Lewes District Council said: “The Council has been looking at a number of asset management opportunities. By investing in land that we own and developing sought after facilities on it, we are able to increase our rental income and also provide a new facility for Lewes Skatehouse.  Thanks to a truly creative approach by everyone involved, we will be able to offer for rent to Skatehouse, a purpose built facility that is close to transport links and situated on Denton Island, close to Sussex Downs Community College. This will increase the options for participation from younger people.”

Clive Wilding, Director of Santon North Street, said “I am delighted that Lewes Skatehouse will have exciting new premises to move into and wish them well in their new home.  We will continue to work closely with Lewes District Council, both in our support for local community groups that provide valuable services in Lewes and in the landmark development of the North Street Quarter.”

The Council continues to make progress in its discussions with interested parties about the sale of Landport Youth Centre in its aim to secure the future for a number of organisations who wish to use the building.

Story published on 06 July 2016