THE planned beach resort on the site of the old St Leonards bathing pool, met with a largely positive response at a public forum on Tuesday, although concerns were raised over parking.
The proposed West Marina development would include a bar and restaurant, along with leisure and entertainment facilities, and be situated on the new cycle route between Bexhill and Hastings.
Stevie Beale, chairman of the West Marina Residents’ Association, said: “We wholeheartedly support the scheme, however we have major issues around parking.
“I think that the parking is going to be the biggest thing we have got to address.”
Adam Daly, speaking on behalf of the developers, said that there would be a dedicated car park for the site.
However, he said that plans were in the early stages, and there was a wider problem of parking in West St Leonards, which was currently being addressed.
He said: “We realise that there is a greater issue with parking. We are working towards a plan that puts adequate parking in place for our proposals.”
Iain Exsley, architectural consultant for the project, emphasised the need to dissuade visitors from arriving by car.
Concerns were also raised over potential noise generated from live events.
Responding to this, Mr Exsley said: “We are looking to provide a venue that is managed by a professional operator.”
Mr Daly added that the entertainment would be carefully programmed, and the focus would be on cultural events, rather than big, noisy events.
He also said that security would be a priority, with the site manned at all times.
The meeting, the first of its kind in Hastings, aimed to provide a platform for developers to explain the plans to interested parties prior to submitting the formal planning application.
When first announced, the development was given the name ‘The Lido’, however it emerged at the meeting this may be changed, due to the perception of a lido as a bathing pool.
Developers hope to submit the formal planning application in December, and if successful, aim to be open in time for the Olympic Torch procession next year.
The venue would be built using converted shipping containers, meaning minimal groundworks and fast construction, once the plans have been approved, and funding is in place.
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