A DEVELOPER has hit back claims that the closure of a historic bus station will negatively impact passengers and businesses.
The Generator Group has argued that the cessation of bus services from the site in Eastgate Street, Lewes, is necessary as it wants to use the site for a new, four-storey development.
Developers claim an “operationally satisfactory site” has been identified, but Lewes Councilors have slammed the decision as no replacement site is operational.
In a statement, The Generator Group said: “After 18 months of engagement, we had to review our options for the commercial future of the site, including the potential for alternative revenue-generating uses. Unfortunately, this requires securing the vacancy of the property.
“The site’s owner agreed at the time that East Sussex County Council (ESCC) and the bus companies with a temporary license could continue to use the tarmac areas of the bus station for passenger drop-off and pick-up only.
“The site has not hosted a bus terminal since Southdown Motor Services / Stagecoach sold it in 2006 when it was deemed no longer operational/viable and no longer used as a bus terminal, office and bus garage.”
A controversial new development with houses, apartments and commercial space is to be built on the former site of the bus station.
A notice was recently issued by The Generator Group that bus services from the pre-project area are to be suspended.
There are currently over 600 objections to the planned development.
The site had been designated as derelict for development, but Lewes Councilors had attempted to get the building listed to prevent the renovation work.
Alternative arrangements have been made for buses stopping at Schools Hill and Friars Walk, but no permanent stops have been established.
East Sussex County Councilor Claire Dowling said: “We hope that a potential site has been identified [Generator] will continue to fund its development to limit the disruption to bus passengers, businesses and local residents in Lewes.”
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