Views sought for Hastings town centre future

Hastings Town Centre. SUS-140218-132957001
Hastings Town Centre. SUS-140218-132957001

Changes to Hastings town centre and the White Rock/Summerfields area of town are being planned.

The borough council is asking residents to get involved in helping to develop a vision for its future.

Hastings Borough Council said it is hoping to improve cultural, tourism and leisure opportunities in the area, as part of its wider regeneration plans for the town.

The council has already met with members of the community, a number of businesses and other key organisations in the area, which stretches from the town centre and the seafront to Summerfields, and is now engaging experts to help with the work.

Specialist consultant Bilfinger GVA will carry out a number of studies and findings of this work will form part of developing and consulting further upon a draft Area Action Plan next year.

The GVA work will look at more closely integrating the White Rock area with the rest of the town centre; an assessment of the town centre’s retail capacity and needs; a leisure facilities assessment including cultural and tourism regeneration opportunities, visitor accommodation, and current and future demand and opportunities; a study of the ‘public realm’ (public areas, landmarks, heritage buildings); and a summary of development and investment opportunities within the town centre and White Rock area.

Councillor Dawn Poole, the council’s lead member for planning policy, said: “I am delighted that this important work is now underway. The White Rock and Summerfields area has massive potential, and I am keen that we look at how to make more of this part of town.

“As part of this work, GVA will be talking to the local community as well as holding meetings with key businesses and other interested organisations.

“We really do value local people’s views, and want everybody with an interest in this area to let us know what they would like to see there. It really is their chance to help plan for the future.

“The findings of the study will help us to continue the town’s regeneration, and will be invaluable as we look at the wider White Rock/Summerfields area.”

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