Bottle Alley work is given go-ahead

Proposals to spend £160,000 revamping the seafront’s landmark Bottle Alley were given the go-ahead on Monday (January 5).

Councillors on the council’s Cabinet committee voted for approval of the works following a petition by residents.

Andre Palfrey-Martin, representing petitioners, said people wanted to see a full restoration of Bottle Alley.

The Bottle Alley Restoration Group launched a petition last May to urge the council to restore its original appearance and to maintain it as a public gateway between St Leonards and Hastings. It attracted 769 signatures.

At Monday’s meeting, Mr Palfrey-Martin said: “Bottle Alley is one of our greatest heritage assets and we are asking the council to do what it can and build Bottle Alley into any future plans.” He suggested that the area could become a community space, such as for exhibitions.

The £160,000 works will be used towards a new lighting schene and surface concrete repairs.

Bottle Alley was part of borough engineer Sidney Little’s plans to spend £49,200 on improving the promenade between the west end of the White Rock baths and London Road. It was built between 1925 and 1939 by the Hastings Corporation and was designed to provide public access at two levels, formally opening in 1934.

Councillor Dawn Poole, lead member for leisure and amenities, said: “These proposals come at a time with the upcoming opening of the pier and White Rock Baths which will attract thousands to the seafront.”