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July 9 2013.

Newhaven Chamber of Commerce has been awarded £10,000 to spend on revitalising and enlarging the weekly High Street market. The money has come from the Mary Portas scheme to revitalise ailing high streets. Newhaven took part in the scheme last year - it was not selected as one of the 12 towns in the Pilot Bid, but all towns that took part but not selected were awarded £10,000 to help to revitalise their town centres.

The funding has been awarded to the Newhaven Chamber of Commerce by The Town Team of which Lewes District Council is the Lead Member.

The current street market runs twice a week but over the years it has declined in size to just a handful of stalls, but the Chamber of Commerce plans to expand and enliven the market with a full range of stalls selling everything from local home-made produce, organic goods, crafts, fruit & veg, clothing, household goods and many more. Some of this money will also be used to make the town centre visually more appealing.

Newhaven Chamber of Commerce President, Annie Lorys said: 'This is great news for Newhaven and for the Chamber. A vibrant street market will draw people into the High Street and we hope, will help to regenerate the town centre'.

The Chamber of Commerce has appointed a full-time manager to run the market. Gillian Smith, who has lived in Newhaven for 12 years has a background in family and community work. She is passionate about Newhaven and it has been her dream since moving here to have a vibrant and dynamic street market. She is very excited about this new challenge and is looking forward to the launch event which is currently scheduled for the 10th of August.

Gillian is currently building up a list of stall holders for the new market which will run on Thursdays and Saturdays. She is looking for new and unique potential market traders who are keen to take their first steps into this exciting project.

As an incentive, the Chamber of Commerce is currently offering the first month FREE to anyone who books a stall at the twice-weekly market. The Chamber will also be offering, support, guidance and training where appropriate.

If you would like to have a stall contact the Chamber of Commerce on 01273 517544 or e-mail