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May 16 2012.

Avalon, ASDA and Barratt Homes, who have proposed regeneration plans for the Eastside site in Newhaven, have today entered into an agreement to work with the Newhaven Community Development Association (NCDA) on recruitment.

With Lewes District Council due to make a decision on whether the Eastside development can go ahead at a meeting to be held at Tideway School, Newhaven, on 23rd May (6.00pm), the agreement means that, should permission be given, there will be a specific local focus on local jobs for local people.

NCDA through its NewCEP programme will help ensure that the skills and training offered as part of the Eastside plans match local needs and will also help devise and deliver the recruitment process that will take place locally.

A spokesperson for Avalon said: "This is a further sign of our commitment to Newhaven and our wish to deliver a
long-term vision of growth and regeneration for the area.

"We would like to thank the NCDA for agreeing to work with us should we receive permission on 23rd May.

"We have always said that should we be given the go-ahead then we want to make an immediate start on recruitment and we are better able to do that in partnership with the NCDA."

Penny Shimmin, Chief Executive, NCDA said: "NCDA always seeks to work closely with those looking to make an investment in Newhaven. It is clear to everyone that the town needs an economic boost, but we also have to make sure that we deliver on the longer-term needs of the area.

"Ensuring local jobs for local people is the commitment needed to support the future of Newhaven residents.''