Work is well underway to revamp Prince’s Park in Eastbourne.
Over £900,000 is being spent on improving the park by providing a new pedestrian link from the promenade, via a new zebra crossing, to the new entrance, making it easier for people to access the park, particularly from the prom.
A new central plaza will link the new entrance to the café, which will be completely refurbished, including new decking overlooking the lake.
Earlier this year, Eastbourne Borough Council granted permission for a 10-year lease to be awarded to University of Brighton for the running of an extensively-refurbished café in Princes Park.
This will mark a major investment of around £280,000 by the university which will operate the café while using it as a training venue for tourism and leisure students.
Councillor Steve Wallis, Lead Cabinet member for Place Services, said: “This agreement will secure significant investment into the café, helping to deliver a high quality service for local people and visitors in a modern, attractive venue. Alongside this, it will create excellent training and job opportunities for students. Eastbourne Borough Council both welcome and thank the University of Brighton for their commitment to the refurbished café. On a wider note, the University of Brighton is an asset to the town and their students bring both vibrancy and income to Eastbourne. ”
Julie Barker, Director of Accommodation and Hospitality Services at the University of Brighton said: “This is an exciting collaboration which offers an excellent opportunity for students to enhance their employability skills. The café will offer a range of food and beverages in contemporary surroundings which will be a great asset for the town, visitors and the local community.”
The cash was won by the Borough Council in a successful bid to receive £1.83million for Coastal Communities Funds, which will provide 118 new jobs through a mix of projects.
Other projects include improvements to Sea Houses Square plaza in Seaside, Coastal Culture Trail and training and skills in the constructions and digital industries.