A GROUP of architects unveiled their redevelopment plans for the town to the public last Saturday (April 5) at Priory Meadow Shopping Centre.
So Create a Difference Hastings, which is organised by Hastings Urban Design Group with the support of the Royal Institute of British Architects, held a pop-up exhibition displaying their vision of redevelopment in the town.
The event, which was aimed at encouraging residents to give feedback on the architects’ plans and share their own ideas, was attended by more than 1,000 people. The Mayor, Councillor Alan Roberts and MP Amber Rudd were among the visitors.
Ms Rudd said: “It was inspiring to see so many exciting and creative ideas about Hastings, and I hope that they lead to a more ambitious approach to preserving and enhancing the town’s great architecture.”
On display were plans and drawings for 13 areas in Hastings and St Leonards identified for redevelopment, including an entrance to the seafront end of George Street and a ‘high walk’ along Middle Street, similar to New York’s High Line.
Ken Davis, a member of Hastings Urban Design Group, said: “Everyone who came along understood that they didn’t have to like the individual visualisations – just having the freedom to visualise a different reality and to contribute their own opinion is the important thing. Our aim is to encourage open debate and active involvement of the local community in shaping better places and buildings.”
A book showcasing people’s ideas will be presented to Hastings Borough Council during the summer.