Diamond Jubilee Walk

The Earl and Countess of Wessex visited Bexhill on July 5th to officially open Neilcott’s recently completed Diamond Jubilee Walk on the town’s seafront.  They unveiled a plaque on the walkway which runs across the new public park known as the Metropole Lawns, on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen.  The pathway, on West Parade, took its name from the Jubilee due to its completion in the 60th year of her Majesty’s reign.  Their Royal Highnesses met with Rother Dignitaries, local children, Shane Wilson, Director as well as viewing the new Bexhill Rowing Club, which was built as part of the Next Wave Improvement Scheme.  The Next Wave includes the restoration of the grade II listed Colonnade building, a new restaurant and kiosks, a water feature, a new planting scheme. children’s play equipment and new shelters.  The Next Wave scheme has also won top prize in the 2012 Street Design Awards, the awards are open to any public realm project built by, or on behalf of, local authorities in the UK over the past year.  They recognise best practice in urban street design and help showcase good work being done across the country.  The Next Wave scored highly in several categories of the competition and so gained the Editor’s Choice Award.  Laura Sharman, editor of Local Government News, the awards organisers, said: “Our judges were extremely impressed by the work Rother District Council has done in transforming the town’s seafront into a destination in its own right”.