Hastings promenade plans on agenda

An artist's impression of the proposals
An artist's impression of the proposals

Council bosses’ plans to re-model and revitalise the promenade at White Rock will come under discussion on Wednesday (November 25).

The authority first unveiled the proposals in June, which include planting mature palm trees along White Rock and revamping the existing water feature with a water cascade and a stage for licensed buskers.

There will also be a projecting viewing platform, as well as the promenade being re-paved. At the junction of the promenade and pedestrian crossing from Robertson Street there will be a kiosk and terrace.

The scheme, if given the go-ahead, would cost around £300,000.

Since the plans were first unveiled at a public exhibition in the summer, the council has received 15 letters of objection and two letters of support from residents.

Objectors’ concerns include the loss of the cycle path, noise, lack of planting and litter. Others said the additional building was unnecessary and the plans would create competition for existing businesses and the pier.

The council said the proposals are designed to make the promenade from the pier to the junction with Robertson Street and White Rock more attractive for visitors, as well as complementing the reopening of Hastings Pier next March and the revamp of the disused White Rock Baths into a BMX and skateboarding park.

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