Water sports and leisure facility could be built on the Salts in Seaford

Seaford Salts rec
Seaford Salts rec

An intriguing scheme to build a water sports and leisure facility on the Salts Recreation Ground in Seaford has been revealed.

Lewes District Council will conduct a feasibility study into the idea, which it said could create a brighter future for the seafront, benefit residents and attract visitors, creating a key active sports hub on the South Coast.

It will look at demand, what sort of sports could be included in the facility and how much it would cost to build.

The land is owned by Seaford Town Council which gave the district council the green light and £5,000 towards the cost of conducting the study.

The district council has invited the town council and Wave Leisure, which runs the Downs Leisure Centre in Seaford, to be joint partners on the project.

The new facility would be developed with the view of keeping the Downs Leisure Centre and would offer sports which were uneconomical or under provided.

The town council recently carried out a consultation into what improvements residents would like to see at the Salts and this work will be included into any scheme for the park.

Lead member for the economy at the district council, Rob Blackman said: “This is an exciting opportunity for Seaford, and is one which fully merits detailed analysis to ensure that any development meets the needs of all potential user groups.”

Town council leader Paul Franklin added: “A new facility is in keeping with our vision for the town to become a premier destination for sport and leisure. The feasibility study is an important first step.”