A grand vision for future of Lido site

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WE are writing to say thank you for the help and support we have received from all over town for the proposed Lido beach pavilion and especially to those who attended and contributed to the residents’ meeting, the pre-planning forum and the advisory group.

We understand that there are still issues to be resolved but are extremely grateful for the generally positive response that the project has so far received.

Our vision is for Lido to become a cherished asset for the people of Hastings and St Leonards and act as a catalyst for the regeneration of West St Leonards. As well as the beach pavilion being a hub for cyclists and beach users of all ages, we envisage a summer program offering a broad variety of cultural, arts and music events.

We are also planning bike hire and a shuttle bus services to connect West St Leonards with the Old Town and other seafront locations during peak season and weekends.

Our food offer will be reasonably priced, concentrating on locally sourced seasonal produce and in particular will be promoting and supporting our local fishing fleet as much as possible.

We are a local team and therefore creating work and training opportunities for local people will be an absolute focus for us.

We would like to take this opportunity to make it clear that Lido will not be a nightclub-by-sea or indeed a pub on the beach.

Our live events will be considered and balanced and will be discussed well in advance with the advisory group, comprised of local residents and businesses. We are actively responding to community suggestions and have already included a sea garden in our plans and will be keeping a large area of the site as a field, with unrestricted access, for kite users and so that local children still have an area to kick a ball around should they so wish.

There will also be a number of free activities available including daybreak, tai chi and yoga classes to help promote a healthy lifestyle.

The planning application has been submitted this week and will be available to view online at the Hastings Borough Council planning website and if you wish a more detailed account of the development of the project, then you will find the minutes from the recent advisory group meeting and other information at www.westmarinalido.co.uk.

ADAM DALY, PETER MARGERISON, BOB TIPLER, IAIN EXLEY, and LIZ PHILLIPS

Lido Project Team