Relocating Phoenix businesses – can you help?
As you know, consent was given to Santon and Lewes District Council’s planning application for North Street/the Phoenix Estate in early December. Consequently, the businesses located in phase one of the development site have to leave their current premises from the end of February.
While a couple of businesses have found new premises, others are now leaving town as there is an acute shortage of suitable alternatives, particularly the basic, double or single-height workspace needed by manufacturers and artists.
If you are aware of any suitable and available workspace in and around Lewes, please email us with details.Councillor Jo Carter and Lewes Phoenix Rising are seeking to form a coordination group with LDC and Santon to oversee the relocation strategy.
Finding new homes for Skatehouse …
One priority is finding a new home for the indoor Skatehouse on North Street, which is used by 1,000 young people every month. A petition has been set up to request LDC to hold a debate about keeping this valuable youth venue in the town. 1,500 signatures from Lewes District residents are required to trigger a council debate – please sign and share here: http://tinyurl.com/hbxzo9m
Or if you have any ideas about a new location for Skatehouse within Lewes that’s safe for young people to access, please let us know.
… and for Compass Buses
Compass Buses also urgently needs to find a new depot within Lewes to service the 500,000+ passenger journeys it supports to rural destinations around East Sussex. Managing Director Chris Chatfield says: “We are looking for secure open-air parking for up to 18 buses overnight and all day Sundays (and Bank Holidays). There needs to be a suitable area with drainage for washing vehicles each night. Ideally there also needs to be a small office facility (a portakabin is sufficient) with a kitchen area and toilets.” Again, please let us know about any sites that could be suitable.
Lewes Phoenix Rising – our next steps
Since Christmas, we’ve been busy holding discussions about a new development that would include substantial workspace for Lewes’ manufacturing, creative and backstage industries. We’ve had a further highly constructive meeting with Santon and LDC about dismantling the existing Phoenix Ironworks steel structures to reassemble elsewhere. We have also been approached by a landowner about a potential site. We hope to be able to tell you more in a few weeks, following further meetings with the landowner and the South Downs National Park.
A big thank you
We’d like to thank our signatories for all your recent messages and thoughts following the SDNPA planning decision. A new and exciting journey for LPR is beginning – we hope you’ll continue to want to be part of it.