A new look for the seafront

Architect's plan of how the area around the boating lake could look following a �600,000 investment
Architect's plan of how the area around the boating lake could look following a �600,000 investment

A £600,000 investment in the seafront could see the area around the boating lake transformed by next summer.

Stade Developments Ltd, the leaseholder for the amusement park which runs from Stade Hall to the western end of the miniature railway, plans to use its own funds to upgrade the area.

The proposal is to create a beach walk from the bottom of High Street through to Pelham 
Beach and to reshape the boating lake to create a softer edge 
which is more attractive and accessible.

New seating along East Beach Street would overlook the lake and a picnic area would be formed on the existing island.

The boundary of the lake would be landscaped to create an attractive backdrop, and fountains could be installed in the lake itself.

The plans also include improvements to the miniature railway with a new station, waiting room and kiosk.

Architects have been working on designs, which will be shown to the public at a special open meeting hosted by Hastings Old Town Residents Association (HOTRA) at Stade Hall on Friday, September 28 at 7pm.

This is an opportunity for interested parties to give their feedback on the proposals before a formal planning application is submitted.

Architect Neil Choudhury said: “There is a need for a route through to the beach, and the desire to improve the boundary of the amusement park, and soften the appearance of the boating lake.

“I’m hoping that the consultation will be positive.

“The area around the boating lake is a sort of hole in the sea front now, that’s not as attractive as the rest of it.”

Neil Choudhury Architects, a company based in Brighton, has in the past worked on other Hastings projects including the Marina Pavilion, in St Leonards, and the Hastings Furniture Service building in Dorset Place.

Chris Richards, owner of Hastings Adventure Golf, said: “I personally think it will be a major improvement.

“The area has been developed over the years in bits and pieces, but never as an overall scheme.

“It has been a very, very positive response so far, due to the fact that the leaseholders have been prepared to listen.”

A second stage, not covered by the initial £600,000 investment could see the miniature railway extended to Breeds Place.