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Campaign to restore iconic local landmark

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Concerned residents and a local historian are urging Hastings Borough Council to restore an iconic landmark to its former glory.

Retired art teacher Alex Chapman, with the support of fellow residents and historian

The petiton has now collected more than 300 signatures.

Alex said: “I started the petition because I walk though Bottle Alley quite a lot and I think it’s really great but it’s been left to deteriorate. I moved here seven years ago and started talking to people about it and I found out that it’s just been left for so long. It is time somebody did something because it’s so beautiful.”

Bottle Alley was part of borough engineer Sydney Little’s plans to spend £49,200 on improving the promenade between the west end of the White Rock Baths and London Road. The plans, which were approved by the council in 1931, included Bottle Alley and £32.000 was allocated to the construction of the unique iconic twin level lido-style promenade.

An expert on Sydney Little’s work, local historian

He said: “We would like to see Bottle Alley restored to almost its hayday in the 1930s. Do whatever repairs are possible to the actual structure, polish the glass walls and put the lights back in. But more importantly we would like to see this put back as a space for people to use and a space people feel comfortable using.”

To sign the petition visit http://bit.ly/1mdLMTM.

 

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