Town Deal £1m accelerated projects programme
Hastings Town Deal board is delighted to confirm that the government has approved its bid for £1m funding for four exciting projects, kick-starting the common vision and investment plan for our town.
These each offer our town a real boost for the here and now and a great start to the Town Deal programme.
Keep an eye out for photos, videos and more info as the projects get going!
Projects submitted for approval
White Rock Baths (part of The Source Park)
Restoration of the long-disused courtyard space into units for new market style shops and food outlets.
Employment, Events and advice hub at East Sussex Colleges Group Station Plaza building
A new Employment, Events and Advice Hub in the ground floor of East Sussex College Group's Station Plaza building, offering job seekers help and support, conference space and a tourism training hub for students.
Increasing the number of electric vehicle (EV) charging points
Installation of additional fast electric vehicle charging points in seafront and town centre car parks. This will allow opportunities for visitors with electric vehicles to travel more confidently to our town as well as contribute to ambitions in the Council's Climate Emergency Strategy.
New retail, training and outdoor space at 'Hastings Commons' located in the Lower Alley behind Claremont
This project will continue the ongoing improvements to the alley area and add to the ever growing independent and quirky America Ground, Rock House and Observer building quarter.
These four projects will use funding offered to all Town Deal areas on building projects over and above those that can be funded through the up to £25m pot.
Hastings Town Deal joint chairs Carole Dixon and Graham Peters, said,
"This is an excellent start to the wider Town Deal process and an exciting time for our town, it offers substantial investment for Hastings. There will be an opportunity to regenerate these areas, to offer exceptional business premises, new amenity spaces and training areas. These are aspirational regeneration projects that will help Hastings, its businesses and its young people to maximise their opportunities and look beyond COVID-19 to a brighter future."
Project submission process
A limited call for proposal ideas was broadcast through the Town Deal board, local councillors and through both of their networks, as well as other local organisations promoting the call for proposals through their communication channels.
Proposals submitted through the Town deal webpage Expression of Interest forms were also assessed to identify potential projects that would be suitable and meet the criteria for the fund.
There was a real mix and range of proposals submitted, that whether they were successful or not for submission to approval to government, will all aid the development of the wider town deal process.
Each project was assessed by an assessment panel against:
- Ability to be completed by 31 March 2021
- That it was a capital (build) project
- That it was a standalone project, rather than a phase within a larger project
- The intervention framework set out in the Town Deal's Further Guidance document
- Projects received approval to proceed 25 September 2020
- Delivery commences, all projects due for completion by 31 March 2021.
- Hastings Council as a lead partner for the Town Deal will support project partners to do this.