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Libraries services – use them or lose them!

East Sussex County Council is at an advanced consultation stage for its project to improve library services in Hastings by means of a major refurbishment of the existing central library at the Brassey Institute and the next door premises at 12 Claremont which would bring together the children’s and adult library under one roof. With falling library visitors seemingly a long term trend, it is important that Hastings people focus on why they need library services in the 21st century and express their views as to how these facilities may be used more effectively – use them (or lose them!). The Music Libraries Action Group (MULAG) has a vision that deserves consideration, thinks Chris Cormack.

Posted 18:31 Tuesday, Mar 12, 2013 In: Campaigns Tags: , ,
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Local residents blow whistles in the snow to stop the Link Road

Today, Monday 11 March, opponents of the Bexhill-Hastings Link Road (BHLR) braved the snow to blow whistles outside the local Department for Transport (DfT) office in Hastings – and leafleted workers going into the DfT’s Information Rights. The action launched a call for DfT workers to “Blow the Whistle on the Link Road” by leaking the Department’s blacked-out recommendations about whether or not to fund the £100m project. HOT’s Erica Smith applauds the campaigners for another creative protest.

Hastings Women Rising © Sharon Haward 2013

Why International Women’s Day?

Surely every day is women’s day? Xaverine Bates looks at why IWD is celebrated around the world on 8th March & explains the host of exciting local events planned in March this year.

Posted 19:22 Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 In: Campaigns Tags: , , , ,
March that shook Blair

15 February 2003 revisited

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Hastings women rising

The women of Hastings & St Leonards are coming together on Valentine’s Day as part of One Billion Rising, Eve Ensler’s campaign to raise awareness of violence against women. Xaverine Bates explains more about Hastings Women’s Voice & riart Grrrls’ plans.

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“Road protests jeopardise jobs” claims CEO

John Shaw, CEO of regeneration company Sea Change Sussex, has joined the debate about the Bexhill Hastings Link Road – speaking out about its vital role and condemning the anti-road protests for putting jobs and regeneration in jeopardy, writes HOT’s Chris Cormack.

Posted 09:59 Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 In: Campaigns Tags: , , , , ,
One Billion Rising

Hastings Women’s Voice and riart Grrrls have teamed up to organise a flashmob on Valentine’s Day in Hastings Town Centre for One Billion Rising: Eve Ensler’s global campaign to raise awareness about violence against women. Xaverine Bates explains the philosophy of the movement & how to get involved.

Posted 00:05 Saturday, Jan 26, 2013 In: Campaigns Tags: , , ,
A pensioner is tackled by security guards during an anti-road protest in Combe Valley on 14/01/2013

The Battle of Hastings to Bexhill Link Road

With the protesters currently being evicted (9.30am, Wednesday 16 January), and the national media now regularly covering the protests at Combe Haven, we think it is appropriate to list the many articles we have published over the last few months.

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