New visitor centre in country park given approval

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A new visitor centre is set to be built in Hastings Country Park.

Councillors on the borough council’s cabinet committee gave unanimous approval to the proposal at a meeting on Monday (October 6).

They agreed the new facility, called an interpretive centre, would be based on the opposite side of the access road to where the existing visitor centre is.

Councillors on the cabinet committee also approved to spend up to £250,000 towards the cost of construction of the new centre, which could open by Spring 2016.

Ahead of Monday’s meeting, councillor Dawn Poole, the council’s lead member for leisure and amenities, said: “We want to design and build a unique sustainable, straw bale visitor centre at Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve.

“The two organisations we will be working with will bring the ethos we need to deliver this project using recyclable materials and sustainable techniques in construction.”

The cost of the new facility will be met in part by proceeds from the sale of one of the council’s buildings, Warren Cottage and Groundwork South will apply for further grant funds.