Green light for wind farm “brilliant news for Newhaven” – Says Newhaven MP

Newhaven MP Norman Baker warmly welcomes news that Rampion offshore wind farm, off the coast of Sussex, has today been given consent from the government to go ahead.

This project is expected to support over 750 jobs and bring over £2 billion of investment into the UK’s economy.Once built, the wind farm would generate enough electricity to power approximately 450,000 homes.

Norman has been actively lobbying Energy Secretary Ed Davey on this issue, both to grant permission and to do so quickly to bring further increased investment into the area and securing greener energy sources.

Norman says “This is great news for Newhaven and something I have lobbied hard for. It is positioning Newhaven very well as the South East Centre of offshore renewable technology for the century ahead. It is great for the economy and great for the environment

It is a good thing the Energy Secretary has not listened to the ‘naysayers’ who continually talk down renewable energy.

This offshore renewable energy source will be able to provide energy for approximately 450,000 homes and is an investment in our energy security for the future, helping to make Britain self-sufficient in the future.”

Seaford MP welcomes progress for Splash Point

Seaford Lib Dem MP, Norman Baker has welcomed the news that Lewes District Council and Seaford Town Council have agreed funding to start work at Splash Point in Seaford.

The area was damaged in storms earlier this year, which led to Lewes District Council erecting fencing and gates to keep the public out, due to safety concerns.

Both Seaford Town Council and Lewes District Council have agreed £10,000 each to put towards these repair costs and once again open the area to local residents and visitors to the area.

Norman met with Greg Barker MP, Energy Minister and the Prime Minister’s Flood Envoy, this week at Seaford seafront where he raised the on-going issues of maintenance and repair at Splash Point, alongside the Leader of Lewes District Council, Rob Blackman and representatives of the Environment Agency.

Norman says: “I am pleased to hear that there is progress being made towards getting repair work underway at Splash Point and applaud Seaford Town Council and Lewes District Council for putting forward the money towards this.

“Having raised the on-going issues of Splash Point with Greg Barker MP today, I hope to find a long term solution to the continued maintenance and repair for the area.

“I hope these works progress quickly to ensure that this area is open to the public as soon as possible.”

Have your say on how to spend share of £40k

I have received the following from Lewes District Council:

Lewes District Council is launching a series of events to explain how local communities can spend their share of £40,000 from the Zero Heroes campaign, which aims to encourage people to recycle, reuse and reduce household waste.

The ‘How to spend it events’ form part of the Zero Heroes campaign in which residents have a chance to win a share of £40,000 for their community that they can put towards a local project.

The events are part of an open process for residents to have their say about which projects they would like the money spent on. The projects with the most votes will be funded from the Zero Heroes Community Competition prize fund.

For more information visit: http://zeroheroes.me/how-to-spend-it-events/ or contact the Democratic Society on lewes@demsoc.org

Zero Heroes ‘How To Spend It’ Events Schedule:

Area Date Venue
Newick 30th April Newick Community Centre
Newhaven 6th May Hillcrest Centre
Peacehaven 7th May The Meridian Centre
Kingston 9th May Kingston Parish Hall
Saltdean & Telscombe Cliffs 14th May Telscombe Civic Centre
Chailey & Wivelsfield 20th May Wivelsfield Village Hall
Ouse Valley & Ringmer 21st May Ringmer Village Hall
Ditchling & Westmeston 22nd May Ditchling Barn
Plumpton, Street, East Chilington & St John (Without) 29th May Plumpton Village Hall
Barcombe & Hamsey 3rd June Barcombe Village Hall
Seaford 5th June St Leonards Hall
Lewes 9th June Lewes Town Hall

Local MP calls for Lewes District Council to mend Splash Point

Seaford MP Norman Baker is calling upon Lewes District Council to make urgent repairs to Splash Point, Seaford following damage caused by recent storms. The area is now gated off from the public preventing access, due to safety concerns.

This popular spot, where both visitors and locals can enjoy the coast, and during warmer months view the rare colony of kittiwakes, is now out of bounds after Lewes District Council erected substantial gates and fencing to warn people off.

The damage caused by the storms include the falling away of the path and the wall underneath has been undermined. Local residents are calling for these repairs to be made a priority.

Norman saysUnless action is taken to make these repairs, the problem is only going to get worse. We are fast approaching fine weather and holidays, when visitors to the area will want to be enjoying walks, views and the beach and instead will be greeted by a large gate and a lack of action. Lewes District Council must progress with this work to help save Splash Point and ensure the local economy is not affected by a lack of visitors to the area