Hastings and Bexhill Task Force

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Hastings and Bexhill Task Force

The Hastings and Bexhill Task Force was established in July 2001 to bring together a regeneration strategy for the Hastings and Bexhill area.

Enviro21 Innovation park

The Task Force included the elected local representatives and representatives from all the key Government funding agencies and decision makers.

In developing its strategy The Task Force identified five key themes:

  • Urban Renaissance
  • Education
  • Business and Enterprise
  • Broadband and ICT
  • Transport

This 'Five-Point Plan' was presented to the Government and on the strength of its proposals the Government committed an initial tranche of £38m, over three years to pursue its objectives. SeaSpace was established as the delivery vehicle to lead on implementation, and has since delivered a number of key strategic projects aimed at stimulating the local economy.

Some of the achievements led by the Task Force are:

  • The area's first University, the University Centre Hastings, is now successfully established, providing 3,500 sq m of education space. It is now producing graduates
  • The Link to Creative Media Centre has been established, providing 1,874 sq m of serviced accommodation to stimulate new businesses in creative sectors such as film and digital media
  • Broadband availability has been rolled out throughout East Sussex and the Broadband Centres and E-Biz Centre advised over 370 businesses and assisted nearly 1,000 individuals
  • The East Sussex Enterprise Hub, with presence at Hastings and Eastbourne, has directly assisted 70 innovative and advanced technology businesses, and created a network of over 750 clients across East Sussex
  • The Innovation Centre at Hastings opened in 2006, providing 765 sq m of workshops and 1,600 sq m of offices in serviced accommodation, which is now over 80% occupied
  • Sussex Coast College has moved into new premises at Station Plaza in Hastings town centre
  • The adoption of 'Leading from the Front', a strategy for seafront development for Bexhill and Hastings from Herbrand Walk to Rock-a-Nore
  • The Enviro 21 Innovation Park, South Queensway Hastings has been built, providing 16,000 sq m of space to encourage leading-edge environmental technologies, creating up to 500 jobs
  • Modern office space has been created at the Priory Quarter to attract major employers

The Council was a member of the Task Force and is currently working with its partners to make the most of the unique opportunity offered by this commitment.

For up to date information on projects please visit the Sea Change Sussex website.

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