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  • PSC calls meeting on upcoming Palestinian elections

    While we in the UK  have regular general and local elections, (even allowing for a year’s Covid disruption), Palestinians are now gearing up for their first elections in 15 years. Hastings & Rye Palestine Solidarity Campaign have arranged an online event with three Palestinian speakers for Wednesday 21st to put this rare happening in context, as the group explains. Continue reading…

    Entries invited for Bexhill’s Footbridge Gallery

    Artists and non artists of all kinds are invited to enter a competition for artworks to be displayed on the proposed Footbridge Gallery at Bexhill station. The competition aims to “inspire local residents and  enliven the town’s urban fabric in a colourful and engaging way.” Nick Terdre reports.


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    Enter Electric Palace’s ‘Mimic a Film Scene’ photo competition

    Missing going to the cinema? Looking for a way to get creative? While it’s closed during lockdown, the Electric Palace cinema in Hastings Old Town invites you to enter its ‘Mimic a Film Scene’ photo competition, writes Annie Waite.


    Anger at Napier reoccupation

    Hastings Community of Sanctuary, along with other refugee support groups and parties, has reacted angrily to the Home Office’s decision to move asylum-seekers back into Napier Barracks, despite the many criticisms made by an independent inquiry and a legal action which would outlaw the move due to be heard this week. Nick Terdre reports.

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    Following up the census

    Census day is over but the collection of information is not done. Field officers are visiting households which have yet to make a return, and assistance is also available at local support centres. Warnings have been issued about scammers purporting to be census officials. Nick Terdre reports.


    HBC refuses retrospective planning permission for unauthorised building

    Despite the recommendation by planning officers to approve the retrospective application (HS/FA/20/00884) for a large house in the Martineau Lane area, Councillors voted to refuse it (8-1, with one abstention). What now for the building known as ‘Son of Bunker’? What next for local planning? Bernard McGinley reports. (References are to the video timings). 



    A Town Explores A Book Festival in full bloom!

    The first week of A Town Explores A Book has taken St Leonards on Sea by storm. Erica Smith gives a round-up and a taster of treats in store.


    Patmore chosen to lead Tory group

    In a surprise move in the run-up to the local elections Cllr Andy Patmore has been chosen to lead the Conservative group on Hastings Borough Council. He promises to challenge the ruling Labour group’s handling of council affairs. Nick Terdre reports.


    Parties gear up for 6 May polls

    Secondary elections rarely excite great interest, and this year, as many of us contemplate picking up the pieces after this most extraordinary period, they are as ever at risk of passing unnoticed. But there are reasons to show an interest, Chris Connelley of the Coastal Action polling survey group says.

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    Save our Harrow Lane Playing Fields!

    Four housing developments at the top of Harrow Lane, which are in various stages of application or approval, will drastically change the character of the area if all go ahead. While acknowledging the need to boost the town’s housing stock, Conservative Cllr Mike Edwards, who represents Ashdown ward, finds the prospect daunting, as he explains.



    Coronavirus statistical update: Few new infections, though vax rates low in Hastings

    Infection rates in Hastings are among the lowest in the country, but so are vaccination rates. Meanwhile the government has decided to introduce testing for all. Text by Nick Terdre, research and graphics by Russell Hall.



    Bachelor’s Bump pile recommended for planning permission, despite ineligibility

    In February the story was that developers up at Martineau Lane/Mill Lane were cocking a snook at the planners of Hastings Borough Council (HBC). Now the Council’s planners are recommending approval of the retrospective application despite the previous one. It looks like unconditional surrender or indulgence by the Council. The Planning Committee meets online on Wednesday 7 April. Bernard McGinley compares cases, often using their last three numbers.



    Hastings Easter Festival online

    This year, the Hastings Easter Festival will be streaming over three evenings: Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday at 8pm, each for up to an hour with a range of music artists performing, writes HOT’s Vanessa Alves.


    Lampedusa Cross to go on display at Hastings Museum & Art Gallery

    The Hastings Museum & Art Gallery have recently announced that the Lampedusa Cross will be put on display as part of a major exhibition later this year. The exhibition will convey the experiences of the many refugees seeking haven in the UK. HOT’s Jordan Dixon writes.


    Road project still a headache for Sea Change and ESCC

    Despite its short length, the Queensway Gateway Road continues to be a major headache for Sea Change Sussex and its client, ESCC. The opening of the temporary link, originally expected in early 2021, is now mooted for August, while the original scheme may only come on stream in July or August 2023, almost seven years behind schedule. Nick Terdre reports.



    Huge public support for Make Park Safer campaign

    A petition to make the town’s historic and much-loved Alexandra Park safer by installing CCTV and lighting has gained over 17,000 signatures in just over a week. It was started on Wednesday last week by Claire Noble, whose best friend was brutally attacked there in daylight last June. Emma Harwood reports.