Entertainment area could be built at Seaford seafront

Seaford. Martello Tower and Seaford Museum. Taken 31st Oct. 2012 E50181N
Seaford. Martello Tower and Seaford Museum. Taken 31st Oct. 2012 E50181N

An informal bandstand could be built near the Martello Tower in Seaford, in a project designed by Seaford Community Partnership.

If approved by Seaford Town Council, which owns the land, the entertainment area could offer a space for live music and drama and encourage people to visit the beach.

This is just one of a number of proposals the community partnership is looking into to improve the seafront.

Others include a beach garden on the beach opposite the Salts, making Splash Point groyne more accessible and an indoor area to enjoy refreshments.

The community partnership will put a proposal to Seaford Town Council seeking permission for the entertainment area, which would be located on the seaward side of the deck covering the moat.

It is anticipated the project would be very cheap - a power supply could be taken from the Martello Tower.

Peter White, who is a director of the community partnership and involved with Seaford Rock and Jazz Orchestra, said the council had run out of places to put donated benches and this could provide an alternative.

Peter said: “It would provide an attraction for people using the seafront without spoiling the seafront.

“It will bring people to Seaford Museum. The artistic groups I have spoken to like it.”

Work on Splash Point groyne would include a ramp, seating and replacing the fence, however the partnership said it had health and safety issues to address before this could go ahead.

Partnership chairman Keith Blackburn said: “That’s taking time but it is important that we get things right. Some initial designs have been done and some thought given to possible sponsorship and possible sources of funding have been identified.”

Keith said the partnership wanted volunteers with project management experience and health and safety experience.

The indoor refreshments might be part of a project involving building beach huts at Bonningstedt Parade with hard landscaping, potentially toilets and a refreshment kiosk, however this would require a significant amount of funding.

During a consultation carried out by the community partnership, it was revealed people were keen to have somewhere indoors to be able to have a drink by the sea.

Keith said it was important that these community partnership ideas were integrated with the town council’s long term vision for the town and compatible with emerging ideas for regeneration of the town centre.