Old St Leonards bathing pool site to be developed

Old bathing pool site, St Leonards. 3/1/12
Old bathing pool site, St Leonards. 3/1/12

A former bathing pool site in St Leonards looks set to be developed as councillors agreed to market it.

Hastings Borough Council cabinet members unanimously supported the possible creation of houses and commercial space after a feasibility report confirmed its potential.

Councillors were keen to maintain control of what is put on the former West Marina pool in order to keep it as a source of income at a meeting on Monday (November 2).

Leader Peter Chowney said: “We own it and we are determined to keep control over what happens there.

“So this won’t be about simply putting the site on the market and getting the best money for it.”

The site has been empty for 30 years and members heard the intention is make West St Leonards a more desirable place to live and visit.

Cllr Dawn Poole said the proposals would transform the area and Cllr Andrew Cartwright believes it would be a draw for people.

“I think in many ways this is a very desirable location especially for houses,” he said.

“I believe that the west part of the site is big enough for a substantial development which would make the place a draw for people around the town.”

The council is unsure about how much future funding it will receive from the government and members supported it’s bids to find alternative revenue streams.

Cllr Cartwright said by investing in property and businesses in the town, the council is doing the opposite of Whitehall by facilitating growth.

The next step is to set up a steering group to speak to residents, business owners and developers to gather opinions on what should go on the site.

The site has been added to the council’s disposal programme and property agents Carter Jonas will market it.

Plans to develop the site prompted a mixed response from Observer readers when they were announced last month.

While some felt it was time for the empty site to be put back into use, others questioned why it could not be used to provide leisure and community facilities rather than houses.

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