City Council Award Lease To Beacon Hub Project

BeaconHubGroupThe lease for the disused golf kiosk adjacent to Rottingdean windmill has been awarded to the community led Beacon Hub Project. Trustees of the project, Jay Butler – Project Manager, Jo Spickett – Conservation advisor and Libby Darling – CEO, accompanied by Rottingdean Parish Council Chair, Bob Webzell learned of their successful bid at a meeting of Brighton & Hove City council’s Transport, Environment and Sustainability committee on July 1st. The lease ensures the project’s credibility to now seek major funding to sensitively re-develop the building.

Pete West, chair of the City council committee, spoke enthusiastically about how the project (which has the backing of BBC wildlife broadcaster Chris Packham) will promote all that connects the local and wider community with nature and how the initiative links into the UNESCO Biosphere status recently awarded to the Brighton & Lewes downs.

The Beacon Hub team has expertise in environmental conservation, education and the arts. The plan is to convert the disused cabin and manage a 35 capacity classroom and land, for the benefit of children, walkers and numerous community groups, whilst providing a ‘gateway’ to the South Downs National Park. The ‘kiosk’ is situated next to the 40-acre Beacon Hill LNR (local nature reserve) within the South Downs National Park and neighbours the Beachy Head West MCZ (marine conservation zone).

Rottingdean residents and companies are invited to get involved with the project by volunteering expertise, time and resources – further details at https://www.facebook.com/BeaconHubBrighton or contact Jay Butler, Project Manger by Email: jay@becreative.co.uk

Comments

  1. Paul & Jan Mnich says

    This is fantastic news. Just what we need locally – and it couldn’t have come at a better time – with the National Park, the Biosphere project, interest in marine conservation and increased environmental awareness generally. Rottingdean is the perfect place for an education and information hub. Let’s hope the whole community get behind this and make sure it’s success.

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