At the full meeting of Hastings Borough Council on 23rd October, Leader Peter Chowney said, in response to a question raised by Cllr Karl Beaney, that a lease to developers County Gate of the former bathing pool site at West Marina would be signed “in the next fortnight”. HIP has been told that this lease, which has been widely touted as offering the prospect of a house-building programme of upwards of 150 housing units as well as unspecified leisure facilities amounting to what its proponents call a “leisure destination” (see HIP Issue 139), has still not been signed.

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Asked why not, and when it would be, a Council spokesperson said: “There are a number of agreements that have all been drafted, numerous questions and queries resolved, and the documents are with respective legal advisers to be finalised before formal approval. The Council and the developer remain committed to the scheme. While the Council was indeed hopeful of completing the agreements before Christmas, there is no deadline for the completion – it remains more important that they are properly constructed and worded in order to stand the test of time: 250 years in respect of the commercial lease, for example.”

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