Government announces £1.8 million cash windfall to transform Eastbourne

Artist's impression of Princes Park SUS-150127-094927001
Artist's impression of Princes Park SUS-150127-094927001

Eastbourne has been successful in its bid for £1.8 million to transform Princes Park, Sea Houses Square and Seaside Road.

The bid is a mixture of capital and revenue projects and all projects are to be delivered by December 2016.

Some of the money will be used to refurbish the cafe at Princes Park, create a new main entrance and central plaza and build a seafront link including a new zebra crossing. The work will be carried out from October 2015 to February 2016.

Cash will also be spent on improving the plaza at Sea Houses Square and refurbishing the commercial space at 1-5 Seaside – from October 2015 to January 2016.

Then from June 2015 to October 2016, a chunk of the funding will go towards improvements to the upper facades in Elms Buildings in Seaside Road and refurbishing the commercial space from 67-69 Seaside Road.

Money will be spent on revenue projects including apprenticeships, employment and training, IT and creating a culture trail, supporting local artists and a signage project and a marketing manager to promote Princes Park and Devonshire ward.

Councillor Steve Wallis, chairman of Driving Devonshire Forward and Cabinet member for the Environment, said, “This is fantastic news for Devonshire.

“The £1.84million will deliver many projects across the ward, including improvements to Princes Park, refurbished fascias in Seaside Road and public realm enhancements to Sea Houses Square.

“The residents and businesses of Devonshire will benefit greatly for the investment, and the area will also draw in even more tourists.

“The Coastal Community Fund award is as a result of months of hard work from officers at both Eastbourne Borough Council and Eastbourne Homes, and I thank them for all their hard work in ensuring Devonshire received this grant.

“Devonshire is currently going through momentous and positive change, with improvement grants being secured, new building and refurbishment projects already underway, and further enhancements to be delivered over the next 12 months.

“I would also like to thank all those residents and businesses who have been so positive and involved in the numerous regeneration projects.”

Councillor David Tutt, leader of Eastbourne Borough Council, added, “Part of the bid was for Tech Resort which plans to set up a code club teaching digital literacy.

“This will help to improve the skills base within the town and help people to find employment.”

Eastbourne Borough Council partners are the Towner, Tech Resort and Building Partnerships. Money will be spent on apprenticeships, employment and training, IT and creating a culture trail, supporting local artists and a signage project.