To love Newhaven is really very difficult and yet, surprisingly, you find so many people who do.
Much of what you see is very shabby, especially in the rundown town centre shopping area. Regeneration has been the objective for years and certainly some has been achieved and more is on the way. Against all the odds Oakdene Homes achieved much for Newhaven’s West Bank and were looking to complete that work and start on the Eastern side of the river when suddenly they were overcome by financial disaster and went rapidly into administration.
The rest of East Sussex and neighbouring Brighton look to Newhaven as a convenient dumping ground for anything regarded as too unpleasant to be near them. The most recent infliction by them on the long-suffering Newhaven residents is a billion pound waste burner intended to come into operation in late 2011.