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New look for Newhaven Port

Revamp planned for Newhaven Port Credit: ITV news

Major plans to revamp Newhaven Port have been approved. The proposals included the expansion and upgrade of the existing berth at East Quay and the creation of a 3.5 hectare nature reserve. The changes will allow larger ships to be able to use the port.

Planners voted 7 to 2 in favour of the proposals. They concluded that the negative impacts of the scheme, including the loss of a sandy beach, were outweighed by economic and regeneration benefits.

The report said the proposal was "an opportunity for Newhaven to set itself to become established as a port offering modern facilities, which it is anticipated will attract trade in future, to the benefit of Newhaven as a whole".

First regatta on Ouse in 100 years

The first regatta to be held on the River Ouse in Sussex takes place later.

Boats and canoes will be part of the Lewes to Newhaven Raft Race which will travel through the centre of Lewes for the first time in in its 40-year history, giving people the chance to throw missiles of eggs and flour bombs at competitors.

Lewes Rowing Club and Lewes Round Table say they are are keen for it to be a summer highlight that will become as much of a fixture as Bonfire.

Rafts decorated in a 1970s theme to celebrate the event's 40th anniversary.

Coastguard conducting search after distress call from unknown vessel

The Coastguard has received a distress call from a vessel at sea - saying it had a hole in its side and was taking in water - but has since lost contact.

Helicopters and lifeboats are trying to locate the vessel, which they believe could be in the Newhaven area.

We received a broken message via VHF? radio this afternoon at about 2.30 pm that a vessel needed assistance because it had a hole in its side and was taking water. Since that time we have had no further communication with the vessel.

– Jonathan Mustard, UK Coastguard


Classic motorbikes thrill the Fort

Classic motorbikes from the 1920s onwards have been on show today in Sussex.

Newhaven Fort became the stage for around 60 machines brought together by the Sussex British Motorcycle Owners Club.

The group, mainly made up of retired enthusiasts, still maintain and ride their bikes around the countryside every Friday. We spoke to bikers George Short and Mick Gant.

Residents clash with Sussex port owners over expansion plans

More than 1600 people have signed a petition against plans to expand Newhaven Port in Sussex, saying it will mean the loss of a popular surfing beach.

The owners of the port want to build a new berth and develop an area of land next to Tide Mills beach. They say it's vital for the town to prosper.

But campaigners say the scheme would deprive the community of an important area for recreation. Malcolm Shaw spoke to local resident Geoff King and Norman Baker, MP for Lewes.

Firefighters still on scene of warehouse blaze

This was the scene of the fire on Saturday Credit: Eddie Mitchell

Firefighters are still on the scene of a large fire which broke out in Sussex.

Two hundred tonnes of rubbish caught fire at the Skip It warehouse in North Quay Road in Newhaven on Friday.

The operations has been scaled down - one fire engine remains at the site.

Firefighters are working alongside staff from the operators to clear the waste, which remains smouldering and burning in parts.

This work is causing some smoke in the area, despite efforts to minimise this.

Residents in areas affected by the smoke are being advised to stay indoors and keep their doors and windows closed.

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