Our planning application has been successfully approved, unanimously! Now the hard work begins......
Jeremy Birch, Hastings Borough Council as quoted from his Facebook page:
At the council's cabinet we agreed a lease of up to seven years for the Lido project on West Marina which includes bar, restaurant, seasports activities...more info
If you would like to have your say then please email email@example.com
"I attended your presentation last night in the capacity of local resident/beach hut owner/windsurfer. We trust you were encouraged by the mainly positive response. Your scheme represents the best solution for the site and will hopefully become permanent. The Councils proposals are not appropriate. As a developer was not found in the recent boom, I think it is unlikely the scheme will be viable for many years to come!"
"Can you add me to any info on the West St Leonards Lido project it is a project that is about time and will help counter balance all of the Jerwood and Old Town bias. Love to know more."
"Along with residents representing 6 of the Marina Park building adjoining the proposed site, I was at the meeting held in the Marina Fountain. We are not part of the WMGRA but are equally impacted by the proposed development in front of us. I believe all of our residents are of the same view: This light-touch development offers a realistic improvement for the immediate area and still offers the opportunity for a ROI. The parking issues frequently raised are not a direct result of the development, but do require HSBC attention and resolution (hopefully without imposing a resident charge for parking outside their home)."
"As a designer and a local resident who's apartment overlooks the site of the proposed development, and who lived here when the pool was at its peek, I cannot be happier to think this space could be put to such good use. The concept not only appears to reflect the original ambiance of the open air pool but it has a contemporary feel that incorporates the developing outdoor sporting activity in the area. And better still there is no potential road traffic interference to the proposal, it is an ideal location. I can imagine the significantly improved perception of the area that would be taken away by the hundreds of Marathon runners that descend on this area every year. Imagine the business this would bring to an area that is struggling to develop an economy that has potential to thrive instead of the continuing decline we have become so used to. Where business potential does exist on the remaining parts of the original structure for visitors to stop and enjoy a coffee or an ice-cream this are not realised by local businesses partly because of the lack of vision by the current owners, this simply has to be a better approach to regenerating the area. We can already see a steady increase in activity here, the regular visitations of the bizarre and beautiful neon cyclists, performing artists, the many casual walkers and joggers. Also there is a significant and existing local client base that could be capitalised upon if access to this concept was extended to the local canoe club, the various sailing clubs, the water based activities of the sea cadets and the two local diving clubs. What a boost this could be not only to the local community but potentially for new businesses, chandlers, alfresco bistros, coffee houses, ice-cream vendors for example, this list is not exhaustive there must be any number of other business opportunities for budding entrepreneurs. I cannot wait to see what revitalisation this could bring to West Marina. So ... good luck to you, I really wish you the very best and hope you can improve the vision of the people that can make this happen."
"I was unfortunately unable to attend the meeting on the 15th Nov. Luckily, someone who did attend provided me with a copy of the outlying proposal. As a long term resident of Seaside Road it is very apparent to me that the proposed development, however sensitively constructed and managed, it will have a profound impact on the residents of Seaside Road. My initial concerns focus on the problems of car parking and the noise and disruption caused by construction and usage of the new facility"
"This proposal is the best news I've heard in ages. Please ensure the design is such that the bar & restaurant are as near to the shoreline as possible & of course, have a sea view. Despite Hastings and St Leonards being on the coast, there is only one place where one can enjoy a meal or drink overlooking the sea. Apart from Azur, there's nothing else that isn't set back behind the road, except the two Angling Clubs, but even they don't have much of a view."
"Just read the proposal on the website. What a BRILLIANT plan! Wishing you all the best of luck with it. How can I keep up to date on the progress?"
"Sounds and looks (from the artists impression) absolutely fantastic! The architectural practice seems brilliant - imaginative, quirky, forward looking and playful - just what the town needs. You cannot sustainably and long-term regenerate with poor, lack-lustre architecture. Artistic and cultural vibrancy is key to the appeal, combined with pace - the fact that many of these great projects around town are visibly happening all over and at both ends of the seafront - the Jerwood Gallery at one end, The Lido at the other, the seafront buildings being grotbusted inbetween, the painting of the Marine Court, the pier (very hopefully) in the pipeline (and also hopefully a bold and incredible design will come from this), as well as all the other little jewels opening up around town! There is so much potential for Hastings, and it is fantastic to see people tackling all corners. As a new resident to Hastings, this is exactly what we've moved down here for and we know many people and friends of friends who are all moving down or considering moving down like us - to be a part of and enjoy the town as it goes through this incredible change and regeneration. To quote the Kevin Costner film Field of Dreams - "If you build it, they will come."
"My concern which does not seem to have been addressed is parking for current residents? Are we to have to pay car parking fees? Will we be able to park outside our homes anymore? The street already is used for parking for Bexhill road and is used as a rat run, I cannot see how it can possible manage a further influx of traffic."
"I am sending this email as I am keen to be kept informed of the redevelopment of the old bathing pool site. I originally lived in London and my parents took me to the holiday camp on the site when I was a kid in the 70's. In 1990 I moved to West St Leonards working as a teacher at Christ Church Primary School and saw the pool demolished (I still have photos of the demolition).During my time spent in Hastings from 1990 to 2005 I remember the plan to develop the site into a marina but nothing ever happened and the site was grassed over and remained derelict. I am presently working in Australia and was surprised and pleased to see the plans to develop the site back into a lido which I read about on The Hastings and St Leonards Observer on line. I have a collection of original postcards from the 1930's sent by people visiting the bathing pool back then and also have the odd postcard from when the site was a holiday camp."
"I was at your presentation at the Marina Fountain and I am very much in favour of your plans for a new leisure complex on the Old Bathing Pool site. It was refreshing to hear such imaginative and visionary plans which were also sustainable and have exciting visual appeal. There was a lot of discussion about transport. St Leonards is very poorly served by Stagecoach and there is no shuttle service along the Seafront between West St Leonards and the Old Town. Earlier on this year, a group of us looked into trying to start a shuttle bus between Glynde Gap and the Old Town using a bus run on cooking oil like the Big Lemon in Brighton. Unfortunately, we concluded that it would cost too much and we could not find the expertise or interest locally. However, Nick Sangster at the Council was encouraging and I attach an email he sent me about his idea for a land train. Also here is a also a link to Central St Leonards Business Association - csba.co.uk I shall be at the Planning Forum on Tuesday. Good luck!"
"Great presentation last night and a very interesting scheme. I think that it will make a great addition to the area. As a local resident, beach hut owner and windsurfer, you have my full support!"