Bexhill seafront under the spotlight

A photograph taken on East Parade, Bexhill in 1935 (courtesy of Bexhill Museum) SUS-151014-103002001
A photograph taken on East Parade, Bexhill in 1935 (courtesy of Bexhill Museum) SUS-151014-103002001

Bexhill residents are being asked to help shape the future of a stretch of the town’s historic seafront promenade.

East Parade, stretching from the War Memorial to Galley Hill, has been identified by Rother District Council as an area which could benefit from regeneration and restoration.

With the project in the early stages, the authority is keen to hear from Bexhillians about how they use the mile long promenade.

This will help officers in the design stages.

The public can give their views online or attend a drop in session on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 October.

There will also the opportunity to learn more about the site during a history walk led by Bexhill Museum Curator Julian Porter.

Cllr Simon Elford, Rother District Council’s cabinet member for Bexhill affairs, culture and tourism said: “The restoration of East Parade is important work and we are keen to work with the public to get this right.

“We want to use the opportunity to celebrate the heritage of this Edwardian promenade and its history as the birthplace of British motor-racing, and we want the public to help us identify the best way to do this.”

To take part in the online survey, please visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/EastParade.

The drop-in sessions will be held between 2pm and 4pm on Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25 at Bexhill Museum in Egerton Road.

No booking is necessary.

Anyone wishing to take part in the history walks is asked to meet at the War Memorial on the seafront at 11am on Saturday, October 24 or Sunday, October 25.

For more about the East Parade Heritage Project, please logon to www.rother.gov.uk/eastparadeheritageproject.

RDC intends to apply to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for funding towards the project in February 2016.

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