Earlier this year, it was announced that Sea Change would be taking £2m from its reserves to pay for overspends on the Queensway Gateway Road and North Bexhill Access Road .
Seachangewatch spokesperson Andrea Needham said: “Sea Change spent £7m of public money on these offices, which they were then unable to rent.
planning permission has not been secured); or significant changes have had to be made to the aims and scope of the project.
Project likely to under deliver forecast project outputs.’According to the QGR consultation report , the road was due to open around a year after the Bexhill Hastings Link Road (BHLR).
This latest fiasco suggests that Sea Change Sussex’s financial management leaves a great deal to be desired.” Seachange Sussex have finally let their Hastings town centre offices – but have given the occupiers a year’s free rent.
In January 2018, Seachange Sussex announced that they had let their Havelock Road offices.
The ‘Deliverability and Risk Assessment’ document [p63] lists all the projects in the SELEP area (East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock) paid for with Local Growth Fund money.Continue reading A document uncovered by local campaign group Seachangewatch  has revealed that local ‘economic development’ company Sea Change Sussex has given the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) a year’s free rent on its Havelock Place offices in Hastings town centre.The offices, on Havelock Road, were completed in March 2015 and were supposed to create 440 jobs .The document also states that the project’s negative reputation will continue longer term and be hard to recover from.The Deliverability and Risk Assessment document , presented to SELEP on 16 March, rates various SELEP projects in terms of delivery, finances and reputation.Now that they finally have rented them – although creating twelve jobs rather than the hundreds we were promised – we learn that the deal with the DWP included a year’s free rent, worth at least £400k.We would like to know why this deal was made, particularly at a time when Sea Change has serious financial problems in terms of funding its road projects locally.The document shows [2, p63] that the QGR scores a five – the highest risk – in all three areas.‘Major issues have caused significant delays (more than 3 months); processes have been interrupted or not carried out correctly (e.g.Each project is given a rating, from one to five, in each of the three risk areas – the QGR scores 5 in each area.There is an explanation [p72] of what each number means in the RAG (‘red, amber, green’) system used by SELEP.