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Combe Haven Defenders protest planning permission for the Queensway Gateway road (photo: CHD).

Court challenge to QGR over air pollution fails

Local activist Gabriel Carlyle this week sought to have the planning permission for Sea Change Sussex’s Queensway Gateway road overturned on air pollution grounds, but the High Court refused to accept his case. Nick Terdre reports.

The campaign goes on - from a rally outside St Leonards Crown PO in November.

St Leonards Post Office keeps our local economy thriving

Last Saturday saw a grand turn out by the local community to defend the CROWN Post Office in St Leonards. HOT’s Erica Smith joined the throngs to find out why people were so concerned about the intention to close the only CROWN Post Office left in the whole of Hastings.

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Fair trade emissary from Switzerland

Bexhill is a Fair Trade town but Hastings has not yet achieved that status. So when Claire Torricelli from Switzerland was passing through recently, she asked to speak to HOT to tell us how the Fair Trade Town movement is progressing in her home country. Nick Terdre reports.

People gathering in town to support those in need

Appeal to Amber to help refugee children

Jamie Osborn of the Hastings Supports Refugees (HSR) Facebook group wrote to HOT’s Zelly Restorick about their campaign “to get Amber Rudd to act immediately on the several hundred children in Calais who have the right to be in the UK.”

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Citizen journalism course

Citizens arise and write!

Local resident and independent media advocate, June Knight, wrote to HOT asking if we could publicise Real Media’s crash course in Citizen Journalism. Each of us writing for HOT is a ‘citizen journalist’, giving of our time for free and 100% committed to the idea of independent media, meaning that we are nobody’s puppet-scribes. HOT’s Zelly Restorick asks June why she feels this is important in today’s world.

Campaigners deliver the brochure to Forest Row Parish Council.

Tools launched for fossil fuel divestment

Campaigners from around East Sussex have launched a new brochure and web tool to help members of the East Sussex Pension Fund (ESPF) lobby the county council to reinvest the £172 million it currently has invested in the coal, oil and gas industries. Fossil Free Hastings reports.

British forces in the Falklands, one of the few legal wars fought by the country since WW2 (photo: Crown Copyright IWM, FKD 264).

Don’t pay taxes to support illegal wars!

Both international and national law make waging war and the funding of war illegal, says local peace activist Chris Coverdale. If tax is used to pay for illegal war, taxpayers may be complicit in the illegality. But armed with this knowledge, it is also in their power to compel governments to uphold, obey and enforce international law and bring a permanent end to war and mass murder.

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Questioning Israeli ‘apartheid’ in Palestine

Do Israeli policies in Palestine amount to apartheid? Journalist and writer Ben White thinks so. He will be explaining how he arrived at this conclusion at a meeting organised by Hasting Palestine Solidarity Campaign on Saturday 17 September. PSC’s Gill Knight had an early opportunity to quiz Ben on his views.

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