CROSS CHANNEL PARTNERS WORKING TOWARDS A SECURE FUTURE
November 14 2014.
Lewes District Council, Newhaven Port and Properties, Ferry company DFDS, Agglo Dieppe, Seine Maritime, C2C LEP and East Sussex County Council met on the 5th of November.
Hosted by Newhaven Town Council, the meeting was called to explore how partners on both sides of the Channel could work together to promote better links and closer working to benefit the economies of Newhaven, Dieppe and the surrounding areas. In particular, the emphasis was on promoting and working to protect the future of the Newhaven to Dieppe ferry service, which is key to the economies and operation of both ports.
The ferry service is an important element in protecting the vitality and viability of Newhaven port and the owner of the port has worked closely with Lewes District Council and other partners over many years to help to masterplan the future of the port. Recently the NPP announced that an agreement with Syndicat Mixte de Promotion de L’Activité Transmanche (SMPAT) has been made to extend the service for another 12 months.
All parties agreed to look in more detail at how both tourism and freight traffic can be encouraged to use the ferry line and in doing so benefit the economy on each side of the Channel and make the line more sustainable.
Leader of Lewes District Council, Cllr. Rob Blackman, said: "It is great to be working in partnership with the aim to keep the port services ongoing. Collectively we have managed to retain the opening of the ferry for another year and look forward to exploring further options for the future of the port and grow the Sussex/Normandy tourism and freight economies."