Windfall will create hundreds of Eastbourne jobs

Artist's impression of Princes Park
Artist's impression of Princes Park

Eastbourne has received a cash injection of £1.8 million and hundreds of jobs will be created after two grant government grants were announced this week.

The town was successful in its bid for the Devonshire ward, to transform Princes Park, Sea Houses Square and Seaside Road.

The award from the Coastal Communities Fund will aim to regenerate the area by developing new leisure and business facilities, improving the public realm and promoting local artists and providing training, creating 118 jobs.

The town also heard that money from South East Local Enterprise Partnership will fund the provision of new business space at Sovereign Harbour and up to 875 jobs,

Councillor Steve Wallis, chairman of Driving Devonshire Forward and Cabinet member for the Environment, said, “The residents and businesses of Devonshire will benefit greatly from 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.”

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 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.”

The award will also support the promotion of the Coastal Culture Trail and the creation of two new marketing roles.

The Coastal Culture Trail is a joint marketing and tourism initiative between the Towner and De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill and Jerwood Gallery, Hastings.