A project to turn the dilapidated White Rock Baths into a world-class BMX and skateboard park has been awarded £348,000 from East Sussex County Council.
Plans proposed by brothers Richard and Marc Moore, of the Source Hasting Ltd, to transform the baths were given the green light by the Hastings Borough Council (HBC) cabinet in June. The Foreshore Trust, which owns the baths, is providing £822,000, funded through a mixture of loans and grants from HBC and East Sussex County Council, to refurbish the building, and The Source will provide £226,000 for the equipment. Now that the last part of the funding has been provided, HBC will soon begin carrying out renovation works.
Cllr Peter Chowney, the council’s deputy leader and lead member for regeneration, said: “We are very pleased that funding has now been finalised for this very exciting proposal made by The Source. It has taken considerable time to find a productive and appropriate use for the baths, having the funding in place means that this site can be developed into a world-class facility that will greatly improve this area of our seafront, attract visitors to the town and raise the international profile of Hastings as a world-renowned BMX and skateboarding centre.”
Richard Moore, managing director of The Source, said:“We’re really excited to pass this big milestone. Following the approval from the council in June, everyone has worked hard to get the last bit of funding in place; it’s been a testing process but we’re pleased that experts agree with the viability of our business plan and look forward to working alongside the council to appoint designers and contractors in the coming months.”