'Social hub' vision for Hastings seafront

A £1m plan to develop part of Hastings seafront has been put forward by a group of local businessmen.

The Lido is a project to turn West St Leonards old West Marina seafront into a social hub complete with bars, restaurants and water sports.

The group hopes this will lead to regeneration for the whole area and is aiming to complete it by summer 2012.

The site, closed since 1986, is owned by Hastings Council and the group hopes to be granted a five-year lease.

'Real asset'

Group spokesman Bob Tipler said: "We are local people who have lived here for 20 to 30 years, so we know the area, and it's going through a renaissance at the moment.

"The area is a very special area and overlooked, really, with it being right on the seafront.

"It will be very modern, very open and very accessible to all sorts of people. It will be a real asset to the people of Hastings."

Plans are expected to be submitted to the council by early December.

Council spokesman Kevin Boorman said the group was clearly very keen to see the area regenerated.

He added: "We are supportive of the principle of seeing any regeneration for the area of West St Leonards."

Amber Rudd, Conservative MP for Hastings and Rye, said: "I think it looks fantastic and I would be delighted if it went through.

"Anything that brings investment to the area would be great."

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