Details of the controversial seafront scheme affecting the Oasis garden will go on public display this month.
The design of the agreed Marina Court Garden scheme will be available to view in the De La Warr Pavilion Studio on Friday November 15 from 4pm and 8pm, and Saturday November 16 from 10am to 4pm.
The plans were unanimously opposed by Bexhill Town Forum members when they heard a presentation by resident Ron Storkey outlining the RDC’s plan to concrete over part of the garden and add nine extra parking spaces to the DLWP car park. It was hoped their view would be considered by Rother but it transpired the plans were approved back in March and only changes to detail will now be a possibility.
A public exhibition of the designs was promised but opponents complained proper public consultation has not been held. Although the landscaping scheme has been approved by RDC, members of the public are now being told they have opportunity to give views on detailed designs before works are finalised.
“The feedback from residents and businesses to the town centre strategy identified a need to improve the pedestrian links between the town centre and seafront, which will have a positive impact on the economy and community,” said Cllr Brian Kentfield, chairman of the Bexhill Town Centre Steering Group.
“Bexhill seafront has always been one of the town’s greatest cultural assets and is one of the reasons why people live, visit and have invested in the town. It is important we make the area as attractive and practical as possible.
“The project has progressed and we are now in the position to show the detailed design of the scheme.”
Changes include a new paved pedestrian route between Devonshire Road, Marina Court Avenue and the seafront, a more prominent position for the Civilian War Memorial, better signage and a high profile site for the Rotary Club’s coin collector.
The scheme is part of a wider area of improvements around Marina being proposed by East Sussex County Council which includes a reduction in speed limit to 20mph, the relocation of a pedestrian crossing and improvements to pavements.
East Sussex County Council will be consulting on its plans from Friday, November 15, and comments on the detailed designs of the Marina Court Garden scheme can be given on the county council’s consultation questionnaire.