‘Eco-village’ plea made

AMBITIOUS plans to develop the site of the old bathing pool in West St Leonards have been opposed by a group of resident who say an ‘eco-village’ should be built on the land.

PLATFORM, a group of 10 residents local to the West Marina site, have put together an alternative proposal focusing on low-cost housing and family- friendly amenities, including a bathing pool and skating rink.

They aim to secure the interest of a property developer to finance the scheme and take it forward.

Chair of PLATFORM La Verne Preston, of Grosvenor Gardens, said: “I don’t want a pub on the beach. What I would like is an eco-village that includes an eco-pool.

“The feedback that we have had from people is that they want a pool, but it is not financially viable to have a pool without anything else.”

Their proposal includes some low-cost housing, a bathing pool/skating rink set within a garden, a beach hut cafe and restaurant, bike hire and boat storage, a shop, an outside gym, children’s play area.

The group submitted similar plans to the council as part of a campaign in 2007, but they were judged to be financially unviable.

More details of PLATFORM’s proposals can be found at www.oldbathingpool.com.

The Lido Beach Pavillion plans for a venue constructed using recycled shipping containers, was presented to members of the public and councillors in a pre-application forum on November 15.