Town to get £500,000 from central Government

Hastings is to receive a £500,000 grant from the Government to help rejuvenate the seafront.

The money will be used to improve attractions and amenities, including bikes to hire, improved signage, information walks and trails and landscaping, and could bring new jobs to the town.

Councillor Jeremy Birch, leader of Hastings Borough Council, said: “This is excellent news and really fits with the seafront strategy which we recently agreed.

“The restoration of the pier is well under way, White Rock Baths will re-open this year as a BMX centre and we are putting money into refurbishing Bottle Alley and now we have succeeded in attracting an additional £500,000 to improve the seafront further.”

Hastings MP Amber Rudd welcomed the announcement.

She said: “I’m thrilled that the Conservative-led Government has again recognised the huge potential that Hastings has to offer, and it has again awarded us a large sum of money towards regeneration. This money is going to improve the seafront, visitor attractions and amenities in Hastings, including bikes to hire, improved signage, information walks and trails and landscaping.”

The money is from the Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) which was set in 2012 by the Government. Hastings has already received £1.2 million towards the redevelopment of the pier.