Article in Sussex Express on the Phoenix Estate / North Street Qtr.
Phoenix Estate in Lewes blighted by uncertainty – Sussex Express Full article
Mr Baker said: “Today I saw an array of wild creativity and innovation. The area is a hive of productive activity, providing work space and venues for artisans, manufacturing, community and educational enterprises and service jobs that are important to the diversity of a town like Lewes.
“The area is diverse, quirky, impressive and productive – Just like Lewes itself.”
Mr Baker expressed his hope that Santon and Lewes District Council would think again about their approach to the development, working with Lewes Phoenix Rising, the community developer that has prepared alternative plans for part of the site which preserve low cost workshop space and provide low cost housing for those in greatest housing need in the town.
The MP welcomed the fact that Santon and the district council have agreed to explore collaborative working with Lewes Phoenix Rising, and urged the parties to come to a quick agreement so that the uncertainty that has blighted this important site for many years can be removed once and for all.
Meanwhile, the Phoenix Festival returns on Saturday, August 30, to celebrate the art, music and culture to be found on the estate. The free event, from 12noon until 8pm, features open artists’ studios, live music, children’s activities, dance performances, a bar, food and much more.