Press Releases week beginning 21 December 2015
Council Secures £50K for Bottle Alley Restoration
Hastings Borough Council's application to the Coastal Revival Fund for restoration funding for Bottle Alley has been successful.
There was a very high interest in the £3 million Revival Fund, which received 222 bids, totalling £9 million. With the funding three times oversubscribed, the council's project for Bottle Alley demonstrated that it was one of the very best and secured the £50,000 grant.
Cllr Dawn Poole, the council's lead member for regeneration said:
"This is really excellent news for Hastings, especially as the Revival Fund was so oversubscribed.
"The alley was designed in the early 1930s by Sidney Little, the borough engineer, and is located on the lower deck of the two-tier promenade. It was built to provide an undercover walkway in inclement weather and it features pieces of recycled glass embedded in panels of concrete that make up the wall.
"Owned by the council, Bottle Alley is an area of architectural importance so securing this grant funding will enable us to start restoration.
"We anticipate works will start on 18 January and this will include concrete repairs, installation of new lighting, cleaning the bottle panels and redecorating."
There is growing interest in developing public art interventions in Hastings and Bottle Alley was transformed by Zeroh with the installation 'Point of Decay' to launch the Coastal Currents Arts Festival this year.
With the opening of The Source BMX at the old White Rock Baths in February, the completion and opening of Hastings Pier in May and improvements to the promenade around the pier, the refurbishment of Bottle Alley will further enhance this area of the seafront.