Concerns raised regarding St Anne’s site in Lewes

I have recently been contacted by a number of concerned constituents, regarding the sale of the St Anne’s site in Lewes.

I have contacted ESCC to express my concerns at the perceived lack of transparency in the process of sale and have requested that assurance is provided that the sale of the site will not proceed until the community has received clarification and transparency of the process that the bid has gone through

Newhaven MP seeks HSBC to revisit bank closure decision

Newhaven MP Norman Baker is seeking that HSBC revisit their decision to close the last bank in Newhaven, following recent announcements of investment into the town and continues to encourage the banking firm to consider leaving a cashpoint in place in the town.

Significant investments into the local economy have been announced throughout July to include planning permission for Newhaven University Technical College providing educational opportunities for 600 students, approval for Rampion Offshore Windfarm positioning Newhaven as the South East Centre of offshore renewable technology and £19 million investment into regeneration for the town to include new port road access.

Norman says “HSBC cannot ignore the substantial investment that is being made into Newhaven, bringing local jobs, development and boosting the local economy. This is a real regeneration boost for the town.

“This is not the right time to be considering closing the Newhaven branch of HSBC, just as the town is getting a boost of funding and will see more people coming into the town. People will want to access banking services locally and not be travelling between towns to get a counter service.”

Local businesses encouraged to sign up for a free digital masterclass with Google

  • Experts from Google come to Newhaven on Friday 1 August to give local businesses a masterclass in using the internet to turbo-charge their growth.
  • The Google team will set up a pop-up Juice Bar in Newhaven, co-hosted by local MP Norman Baker.

On Friday 1 August, Google will meet with local business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs to offer advice and tips on making the most of the Internet and growing their business online. The Juice Bar will offer local entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn crucial skills for the digital age, from creating a website to marketing their business online.

A recent study by the Boston Consulting Group has shown that businesses who have a presence online grow four to eight times faster than those who do not.

The workshop is part of Google’s drive to help small businesses grow using the Internet and to help business owners harness new ‘e-skills.’ So far over 250,000 businesses have been helped through the programme.

By encouraging and supporting a variety of businesses to use the Internet effectively, from entrepreneurs and one-man-band start-ups, to larger companies, these workshops aim to boost the country’s Internet economy.

Norman Baker, MP for Lewes said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for helping local businesses to grow, with a successful online presence being vital to this. The Juice Bar session will feature expert advice from Google on using the internet for expansion, and it would be great to see as many local businesses as possible making the most of this session.”

The Juice Bar has been designed to support and advise businesses regardless of their technical expertise – from complete tech novices creating their first website, through to improving an existing website and online marketing.

Any kind of business can take advantage of the workshop and benefit from making the most of the Internet for their business. Research from NIESR (The National Institute of Economic and Social Research) recently estimated that Harrogate & Ripon already has 733 digital companies, employing 16,859 people.

Dan Cobley, Managing Director, Google UK, said: “Research from a Boston Consulting Group report found that small businesses actively using the Internet can grow eight times faster than those companies with no web presence. Our goal is to get businesses of all sizes to understand the importance of the Internet and how easy it is to get online and contribute to the overall growth of their enterprise and the local economy. We hope that local businesses in and around London will take advantage of these free digital sessions.”

Business owners in the area can sign up for the free consultations and workshops at 10.00am on Friday 1st August at Riverside Hall, West Quay, Newhaven, East Sussex, BN9 9BP

To book, simply follow the link below:


Green light for wind farm “brilliant news for Newhaven” – Says Newhaven MP

Newhaven MP Norman Baker warmly welcomes news that Rampion offshore wind farm, off the coast of Sussex, has today been given consent from the government to go ahead.

This project is expected to support over 750 jobs and bring over £2 billion of investment into the UK’s economy.Once built, the wind farm would generate enough electricity to power approximately 450,000 homes.

Norman has been actively lobbying Energy Secretary Ed Davey on this issue, both to grant permission and to do so quickly to bring further increased investment into the area and securing greener energy sources.

Norman says “This is great news for Newhaven and something I have lobbied hard for. It is positioning Newhaven very well as the South East Centre of offshore renewable technology for the century ahead. It is great for the economy and great for the environment

It is a good thing the Energy Secretary has not listened to the ‘naysayers’ who continually talk down renewable energy.

This offshore renewable energy source will be able to provide energy for approximately 450,000 homes and is an investment in our energy security for the future, helping to make Britain self-sufficient in the future.”