HERE is everything you need to know about a proposed £13million redesign of Hove’s seafront, which has in principle been approved by high-level councillors.
A planning application for the Kingsway to the Sea project is being prepared by Brighton and Hove City Council.
The project was budgeted at £10.6million when it went before the same committee last December, but is likely to cost £13million due to “global external factors”.
The scheme aims to regenerate “run down and underused spaces in West Hove”.
The main elements of the project are tailored to different sports, with a skate park, a pump track that is a track for BMXs, a roller skating area, bocce, croquet, clay courts, tennis and paddle tennis courts.
The area will also feature accessible and bio-diverse green spaces, a new building with a bocce clubhouse, a public café with a terrace, public toilets and changing rooms.
The plans will tear down the Hove and Kingsway Bowls Club buildings, clubhouse and changing pavilion, both of which require “significant repairs”.
A new sports center at the current location of the changing pavilion is rented out to the club again.
2,748 people took part in the survey for the Kingsway to the Sea project.
According to the survey, the most popular facilities were the skate park, BMX pump track, green areas and inline skating area.
The skate park area is planned openly “without dead ends or hidden rooms, which allows for increased visitor frequency and passive surveillance”.
The council hopes this will help “mitigate the risks of antisocial behavior and reduce sound distraction”, which was a concern from people during feedback at public meetings.
There are also plans to improve access to the park from the proposed A259 cycle route at Kingsway. There will also be more bicycle parking spaces.
In May of this year, the council held two more public drop-in meetings to update people on the plans and get their opinions.
More than 550 people attended, with 89 percent of people agreeing the project will improve the seafront, the council said.
The £9.5m from the government’s compensation fund has to be spent by 31 March 2024.
A report on the status of the project will be presented at a committee meeting in December this year before work begins on the site next year.
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