Clock/Tide Tower for Rottingdean?
Parc Charity: For a while there have been ongoing thoughts about how we might indicate to those driving/cycling or walking along the coast road that they have indeed arrived in the centre of Rottingdean. It was village resident, Patrick Bergin, who came up with the idea for a landmark clock-tower, which he thought would prominently celebrate Rottingdean and could be used to show not only the time but also the state of the tides.
Patrick then very kindly gave an initial donation towards the proposal and the three of us representing the Preservation Society, the Parish Council and PARC have taken up the baton to move things along, with PARC as the named umbrella organisation.
We have initially been looking at a tower very similar to the one in the photo. The tower would be approximately 4 metres tall and possibly positioned in the south east corner of the West Street Car Park so that it is clearly visible and an easily identifiable landmark. The cost would be about £18,000 and we would look to raise the money from individual donations and grants. At this stage we are continuing to gather further information on how we can progress the project and we will update residents here and in future issues of Rottingdean Village News.
Chris Davidson, Graham Sheppard and Cathy Taylor