PLANS for the Lido complex at West Marina have been delayed by a serious problem with a water storage tank beneath the site.
The Seaside Road storm water tank has become septic, which means that at times, waste material is discharged onto the beach and into the sea.
Southern Water, along with the Environment Agency are working to resolve the problem, but the Lido team has confirmed that the new beach pavilion will not now open its doors before Spring 2013, depending on funding being secured.
The original plan was for the venue, which is to be constructed from recycled shipping containers on the site of the former St Leonards bathing pool, to be open in time for the Olympic Torch procession in July this year.
Adam Daly, of the Lido team, said: “We are delighted that Southern water have acknowledged the ongoing problems with the Seaside Passage storm water tank and have committed funding and resource to permanently resolve the issue.
“We understand that this could take up to six months to implement which means that we will be unable to deliver the Lido Beach Pavilion for this summer and are now planning a spring 2013 opening.
“We would like to thank Southern Water, the Environment Agency and Hastings Borough Council who have worked closely with the Lido team to address and resolve this major obstacle for the Lido project.”
A Southern Water spokesman said: “We are working closely with the Environment Agency to resolve concerns regarding this storm tank while ensuring it complies with the conditions of the discharge consent the Agency has issued to us.
“These talks are ongoing and we are investigating ways to help prevent the system from becoming blocked by non-biodegradable material that has found its way into the sewer network.”
The £1million Lido development has been backed by Hastings Borough Council, and at the Planning Committee meeting in February, planning consent was given by unanimous vote.
The scheme includes a restaurant and bar, sun deck, cycling facilities, community garden, shower facilities, and shop.
Developers are also hoping that West Marina Beach will eventually gain Blue Flag status.