Survey launched for Bexhill bike and skate park

An exciting project to create a modern facility for skateboarders and BMXers in Sidley is gathering pace, with a residents’ survey launched this week.

Members of the public are being encouraged to get involved and have their say on the project, which will create a safe and inclusive area for people to hone their skills or try something new.

Rother District Council, working with those involved in the sports and other partners, wants to ensure that any development at the recreation ground in Canada Way enhances the area and benefits residents and users alike.

Cllr Hazel Timpe, the district council’s portfolio holder for Neighbourhood Services, Culture, Tourism, Leisure & Amenities, said: “We have such a great opportunity to develop a safe space at the heart of the community which will be a source of fun for people of all ages and backgrounds.

“We are fortunate to already have a strong BMX and skateboarding community in Sidley, with a passion for the sports and a desire to encourage and support others to get involved.  The BMX Club already does fantastic work with local youngsters and this project will enable them to do even more.

“I would urge members of the public to take part in this survey and help us develop plans for a park of which everyone can be proud.”

It is hoped that the project will include bringing the existing BMX track up to modern standards, allowing it to be used all year round, creating a BMX jump area and bespoke skatepark build from reinforced concrete.

Leading skatepark designer, Canvas Spaces, has already been appointed by the project team, with a contractor for the BMX track’s design and construction due to be announced soon. It is hoped that, with support from the community, a planning application will be submitted in the summer.

The project is being funded through Rother District Council’s capital programme along with grants from external organisations.  Grants have already been secured from the Big Local through the Heart of Sidley, the Community Infrastructure Levy, Sport England and British Cycling.  Money from BMX Club fundraisers and from other organisations, including the Hastings Roundtable, will help pay for the project.

The survey, which is open until Sunday, June 13, can be found at our Bexhill bike and skate park page where more information about the project is also available.

Published: 18th May 2021