Marina Court Garden officially opened today (Monday, July 6) along with the Bexhill Rotary Club coin collector.
The open space on the Marina next to the De La Warr Pavilion will provide an area to sit and store bicycles as well as the new coin collector, which replaces the original wishing well on the West Marina.
The refurbishment is in cooperation with East Sussex County Council’s work to the Marina, which has caused some disruption to the annoyance of some residents and business owners.
Rother District Council chairman Jim Carroll opened the garden and said the end result of the works is fantastic.
“The scheme is designed to reflect feedback from local community groups that gave us the opportunity to provide better connection between the seafront and the town centre,” he said.
“It has really improved the appearance of this area of the town centre no end.”
Council leader Carl Maynard described the garden as an example of two authorities working together in harmony and hopes the new look will attract more tourists and business to the town.
Passer-by Ian Addis liked the look of the new Marina Court Garden and thinks it’s another attractive addition to Bexhill with the refurbished seafront and Egerton Park.
“It’s nice, and especially as there are a lot of elderly people, it’s nice for them to have somewhere to sit and enjoy the sunshine,” he said.
Chairman of Hastings and Rother Disability Forum Rosemary Iddenden was consulted on the design of the open space and thinks the disruption from its construction was all worthwhile.
“They’ve done a really good job of it,” she said.
“The whole thing looks very pleasant to the eye and hopefully will cause more footfall in Devonshire Road which every town needs.”
The Rotary Club’s coin collector is the centre piece of the garden the club president Raouf Oderuth unveiled it to the public.
“We are very grateful to Rother District Council for placing our coin collector is this prominent place,” he said.
“I would also encourage anyone who visits Marina Court Garden to please donate generously, the proceeds will be shared between local, nominated charities.”
Jordan Whitewood-Neal and Michael Whiting designed the coin collector to look like the Rotary Club logo and it was built by rotarian Hugh Allen.
Councillor for Bexhill Centre Joy Hughes thought the coin collector was beautiful.
“You come down Devonshire Road and what do you see, this lovely open space,” she said.
“I’m absolutely thrilled with this as, although I know it’s not an optical illusion but it feels as if this whole area is bigger.”
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