Hastings is in for a bit of a revival. The pier has a new energy, its MP may become the next Prime Minister and now Flamingo Park is planning on growing upwards and outwards.
A proposal to extend and refurbish a popular amusement park on Hastings seafront has been approved by the resort’s council.
The plans – for a range of works at Flamingo Park – were given the green light by Hastings Borough Council’s planning committee earlier this month.
The approved works include adding an extra floor to the amusement park’s building – which currently houses its family arcade, creating a new boathouse and jetty at its boating lake and extending the park’s boundaries by reducing the width of a footpath between the seafront A259 road and the beach.
Recommending the plans for approval, Councillor Mike Edwards said:“This area of the town to my observation is tired,stale and in need of reinvigoration.
“That we have somebody here willing to invest in the town and these facilities in the town is, in my mind,a vote of confidence in the town and I think we should be grasping this with both hands.
“It is clearly going to be a significant investment and is going to provide a huge enhancement in the facilities available for visitors, particularly youngsters in the holiday time who need things to do.”
Before giving the proposal the go-ahead, the committee heard how it was a duplicate of a previous item that had been deferred due to concerns its description did not make it clear to a layperson that replacing the footpath would extend the park’s boundaries.
At a planning committee meeting in October last year, councillors were told this could have left the council’s decision open to a judicial review.
Following the second deferral, however, Flamingo Park owner Stade Developments took the decision to appeal on the grounds of non-determination within the statutory time limit and resubmitted the plans as a separate application.