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Help shape West St Leonards’ future – don’t miss public meetings this week

Help Shape West St Leonards! That is the rallying cry from West St Leonards Forum as, against a background of local opposition to council housing proposals on the old bathing pool site and Bulverhythe recreation ground, they urge the community to get behind the development of a neighbourhood plan . Meetings to discuss the proposal will be held on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The Forum’s Bryan Fisher explains.

Posted 17:26 Tuesday, Jan 28, 2020 In: Home Ground Tags:
Representatives of the five consultants working on the project gave an update on their work to the planning forum.

Bulverhythe planning forum leaves questions unanswered

An update on the council’s proposed housing development on Bulverhythe recreation ground were provided at a pre-application planning forum this week. But although planning permission is expected to be sought in the spring, much about the project remains undecided, and many concerns raised by local residents are yet to be answered. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 17:54 Sunday, Jan 19, 2020 In: Home Ground Tags: Alan Baxter Ambiental Bulverhythe Chris Lewcock Environmental Agency Hastings Borough Council Kim Forward LUC Maddox Metropolitan Mike Howard Stephanie Wood
Walking the walk: a stroll along part of the proposed greenway network in Hastings (photo: Tony Polain).

Greenway folk and others get ready for fresh campaigning

Walking, cycling and other forms of sustainable locomotion are in focus as Hastings Greenway Group holds its agm and calls for the reinstatement of £3m diverted by the county council from walking and cycling purposes, and a meeting is called to set up a local branch of the Living Streets movement. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 17:10 Wednesday, Jan 15, 2020 In: Campaigns Tags: Community Speedwatch ESCC Green Party Greenway Nick Terdre Queensway Gateway Ramblers Transition Town
Field on the north side of Fairlight Road which is under consideration for the council's solar farms scheme.

Possible sites for council’s solar farms scheme reduced to two

Having eliminated two of the potential sites for its proposed solar farms scheme, Hastings Borough Council is now left with two remaining options, both in Hastings Country Park. While Natural England’s views on the environmental suitability of the two sites are being sought, the Friends of Hastings Country Park have reiterated their opposition to the scheme. Nick Terdre reports.

The lower tier of Bulverhythe recreation ground, where the council plans a large housing development, is regularly subject to flooding.

Planning forum on Bulverhythe housing scheme this Monday

A planning pre-application forum is to be held on Monday 13 January in connection with Hastings Borough Council’s plans for an extensive housing development on the Bulverhythe recreation ground. Bernard McGinley reports.

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Council ‘vision’ threatens White Rock Gardens

Members and officers of Hastings Borough Council (HBC) have a ‘vision’ of disposing of the green spaces that are the glory of St Leonards & Hastings.  Central government meanwhile is proclaiming the merits of garden towns. Bernard McGinley wonders what’s going on, and how much space is at risk.

Posted 09:17 Saturday, Jan 4, 2020 In: Home Ground Tags: Azur Bernard McGinley Continuum convent Country Park HBC housing Option C Oval pier planning Summerfields Undercliff visitor centre White Rock Gardens White Rock Theatre
Image from Creative Boost website

‘Climate Crisis’ Christmas cards greet Hastings and Rye MP

Extinction Rebellion (XR) may seem ‘extreme’ to some, but members of Extinction Rebellion Hastings and St Leonards say that they’re taking necessary and proportionate non-violent direct action in the face of an existential threat, one which many governments around the world are effectively ignoring. With this in mind, they sent some 

Posted 12:13 Monday, Dec 23, 2019 In: The HOT Planet Tags: Extinction Rebellion Hastings and St Leonards
James Robinson, left, and Peter Robinson, right, fill in Jeremy Corbyn on homelessness and poverty in Hastings.

Surviving the Streets’ invite to Christmas cheer at the YMCA

Once again Surviving the Streets UK will be opening the doors of the YMCA over the Christmas period to provide some seasonal cheer to the growing number of local residents marginalised by poverty. Co-founder James Robinson brings Nick Terdre up to date with the charity’s activities.

Posted 13:35 Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 In: Grassroots Tags: Asda Christmas homelessness Jeremy Corbyn More Radio poverty Tesco
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