Bathing pool site should be ‘humorous place of colour and delight’

When a site has lain undeveloped for more than 30 years there’s probably a reason – property developers are not known to sit back and do nothing when there’s a chance to make a few quid! So perhaps there is a reason why the old bathing pool site at the western end of St Leonards […]

Bathing pool site pledge as ‘leisure destination’ gets go-ahead

Labour has given a ‘cast iron’ pledge to consult every step of the way on plans to develop the old bathing pool site at West Marina, St Leonards. Councillor Andy Batsford, Housing and Leisure portfolio holder, told a packed, and sometimes noisy council chamber on Monday: “We want to get this right. We desperately need […]

A few of your favourites from the year

In two weeks time we’ll have bid farewell to 2018 and we’ll be welcoming in the new year, so we thought it was time to start looking back to some of your favourite stories and features from Hastings In Focus’ first year. Over the next two weeks we’ll be taking a look back at the items […]

Concrete sculpture a fitting memorial to much loved landmark

He’s a lover of ‘socialist architecture’ and the man who in 2005 fought a valiant battle against the demolition of the 90 concrete chalets at West St Leonards, the last trace of the old bathing pool. That campaign might not have ended in success but Colin Booth’s passion for the work of borough engineer and ‘Concrete […]

Readers memories and photographs of an icon from the town’s glorious past

Our recent feature on the ‘old bathing pool’ certainly stirred up a lot of happy memories and it has gone on to be the story that has attracted the biggest audience of any on Hastings In Focus. One reader pointed out:”People still say ‘meet you at the bathing pool’ even today, you can tell their […]

Council finds developer to help regenerate old bathing pool site

Almost 30 years after the site was cleared there are now some solid plans on the table for the redevelopment of the former bathing pool site at the west marina in St Leonards. At its cabinet meeting earlier this week members agreed to recommend that Hastings Borough Council works with developers County Gate/Sunley to develop a […]

The Concrete King’s million gallon masterpiece

Even today more than 30 years after it closed people still fondly remember ‘the old bathing pool’. It’s a place where memories were made. If this feature evokes some memories in you we’d love you to share them with us, or if you have old photographs we’d love to see them email us at […]