More improvements for Princes Park are agreed

Princes Park, Royal Parade, Channel View Road entrance January 4th 2013 E02077P
Princes Park, Royal Parade, Channel View Road entrance January 4th 2013 E02077P

Princes Park is in for more improvements after Eastbourne Borough Council’s cabinet members agreed funding for works.

The council wants to eventually make improvements - estimated to cost more than £1.8 million.

Cabinet members discussed the scheme at the Town Hall on Wednesday evening (May 29).

The improvements will include the exterior of the cafe, which is currently proving successful under a new lease, and the creation of a ‘hub’ at the building. The council will also knock down the old toilet block, create an entrance to Princes Park for the Dotto Train. Improvements to the lake edge to encourage more wildlife are also being investigated.

The proposals to improve the cafe are £331,000 and the creation of the hub will be an additional £494,000. The total of £1,805,050 needed to complete the scheme exceeds the council’s budget but it is hoped funding can be secured. The dedication of Princes Park as a Queen Elizabeth II field is thought to open up funding opportunities.

Conservative Cllr Colin Murdoch spoke at the meeting and suggested Princes Park did not need additional funding as it was already popular and successful.

Cabinet member Cllr Steve Wallis said exterior works to the cafe were ‘long over due’ and added, “The park has never been so popular and long may it last. Let’s continue to improve it.”