Hastings promenade plans are given green light

An artist's impression of the completed scheme
An artist's impression of the completed scheme

A £300k bid to ‘re-model’ and ‘revitalise’ the promenade at White Rock has been backed by councillors.

Members of Hastings Borough Council’s planning committee gave the proposals unanimous approval at their meeting yesterday (Wednesday, November 25).

Cllr Judy Rogers said: “This is really good to see. With the opening of the skatepark next year, it will liven up the seafront. I have been working very closely with the White Rock business group to bring a whole new lease of life to this area.

“Together with the opening of our wonderful pier in March next year, this will make the whole area lovely and part of the Hastings scene.”

Cllr Phil Scott said: “I absolutely support this application.

“What strikes me is that we are talking about making improvements and investment to the seafront.”

The council first unveiled the proposals, which affect the promenade from Hastings Pier to the Robertson Street junction at White Rock, in June.

They include planting eight mature palm trees along White Rock and revamping the existing water feature.

There will also be a projecting viewing platform, as well as the promenade being re-paved.

At the junction of the promenade and pedestrian crossing from Robertson Street there will be a kiosk and terrace.

A pergola is also included in the proposals, which will be located west of the Grade-II listed Boer War memorial.

The scheme is expected to cost around £300,000.

Since the plans were first unveiled at a public exhibition in the summer, the council has received 15 letters of objection and two letters of support from residents.

Objectors’ concerns include the loss of the cycle path, noise, lack of planting and litter.

Others said the additional building was unnecessary and the plans would create competition for existing businesses and the pier.

Objectors also said the kiosk was unnecessary and thought the planting of palm trees was inappropriate for the area.

A report by planning officers, which was presented to councillors at Wednesday’s meeting, said: “The works proposed for this part of the promenade are designed to improve the public realm, thereby attracting more 
visitors to this part of the seafront.

“The proposed kiosk will provide an added destination/shopping point for those visiting the pier and travelling west along the seafront.

“The new kiosk is intended to add to the existing offer and attract new business not to be in direct competition with existing businesses.”

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