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July 31 2013.

Jo Pettit writes:

In the wake of the doomed Water Park proposal, a group of Newhaven residents are forming a community group to protect the area known as Riverside Park. In its initial stages, Riverside Park Community Voice aims to work with and for local people to safeguard and maintain a park we can all enjoy.

Riverside Park is a well-loved and really important green, open space between Newhaven Town and the South Downs National Park. It is a huge area which includes Lewes Road Recreation Ground, the only level space for sports available to people in the Valley and Lewes Road vicinity.

One of the group's first actions is to petition Lewes District Council and East Sussex County Council who own different parts of the site, to transfer the whole area to Newhaven Town Council. In the spirit of the recent Localism Act, we strongly believe that the future of Riverside Park should be decided and managed by those who live nearby.
Newhaven Town Council already maintains the site and recognises the value of the Park to those who enjoy using it. We believe that the Council is best placed to promote the views of local people, as well as to protect the future of the area from predatory interest. 

To sign the e-petition CLICK HERE 

Riverside Park Community Voice is also organising a fun afternoon at The Hut at Lewes Road Rec' on Saturday the 7th of September from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. All are welcome to bring a picnic, outdoor games and ideas for the park to share. There will be plenty of information about Riverside Park available for those who have yet to visit it, or perhaps only use a small part.

I read with interest the recent article on Haven News which reported that Veolia has awarded £15,000 to Piddinghoe Parish Council for renovation, development and expansion of the play area on the Hoe. If Riverside Park is transferred to NTC, then maybe Veolia will be as keen to support Newhaven residents in bringing their ideas for the site, which is opposite the incinerator, to life?
Jo Pettitt
On behalf of Riverside Park Community Voice