In an announcement on 26 January by the Department for Communities and Local Government, Hastings Borough Council has been awarded £500,000 to improve the seafront, visitor attractions and amenities in Hastings.
The Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) was created in 2012 to invest in seaside towns to help them achieve their economic potential, reduce unemployment and create new opportunities for young people in their local area.
Cllr Peter Chowney, deputy council leader and lead member for regeneration explained:
“We plan to make improvements to the area around the approach to the Pier and White Rock Baths, which is already being developed as a state-of-the-art indoor BMX and skateboard arena. To continue this cycling theme, we’ll be providing electric bicycles and a ‘wheelchair bike’ for hire, promoting cycling between the Jerwood and the De la Warr pavilion in Bexhill.
“We will also be installing more new signboards to match those already in place in St Leonards, and setting up a free public Wi-Fi network in the Old Town, Hastings Town Centre, seafront and Central St Leonards, with associated tourism and ‘guided tour’ apps.
“The CCF will also provide support, coaching and mentoring for new and growing creative and visitor-focused businesses and support additional marketing and publicity in the run up to the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings in 2016.”