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MP reaffirms support for West St Leonards campaign

Local residents opposed to the council’s plan for a large housing development on the old bathing pool site in West St Leonards met last weekend with local MP Sally-Ann Hart, who, they report, supports their campaign. After lengthy delays the council has yet to sign an exclusivity deal with its chosen developer. Bryan Fisher of Save Our Bathing Site (SOBS) provides an update. 

Posted 10:02 Saturday, Sep 19, 2020 In: Home Ground Tags: bathing pool site Carter Jonas HBC planning Sally-Ann Hart MP SOBS Sunley Town Deal West St Leonards

Bunker planning application makes independent remeasurement a live issue

With its latest planning application, Rocklands Caravan Park is seeking to go round (or supersede) the Planning Inspector’s decision regarding the notorious ‘Bunker’ beside Hastings Country Park. Will Hastings Borough Council (HBC) require remeasurement of the misshapen building before deciding on the application, to know what it’s dealing with? What about the other works on site? Bernard McGinley tries to find out, again.

Posted 11:35 Sunday, Sep 6, 2020 In: Home Ground Tags: Bernard McGinley Bunker Cllr John Hodges Country Park Enforcement HBC holiday let HS/FA/20/00470 Jeremy Birch patio planning planning breaches planning committee Planning inspector remeasurement Rocklands SEG

ESCC’s Active Travel package hit hard by local opposition

In the face of local opposition East Sussex County Council’s package of walking and cycling schemes funded under the government’s Active Travel programme has been substantially reduced – only five out of 16 schemes are definitely going ahead while the fate of another two has still to be decided. Proposals for second round funding have been submitted. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 11:44 Friday, Sep 4, 2020 In: Home Ground Tags: active travel cycling Grant Shapps Nick Terdre walking

Science-on-Sea: a flagship proposal for the Town Deal

Science-on-Sea is Hastings Urban Design Group’s proposal for the Town Deal, taking advantage of the town’s many connections with the sea. The cultural and scientific hub and visitor attraction would be centred on the redundant St Leonards church building on the sea front. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 19:07 Wednesday, Aug 26, 2020 In: Home Ground Tags: Hastings Urban Design Group Nick Terdre Science-on-Sea St Leonards church Town Deal

Local groups propose new deal for West Marina

Can government intervention combine with local initiative to revive West St Leonards?  Bernard McGinley reports from Seaside Road, and also took the photos.

Posted 18:58 Friday, Aug 21, 2020 In: Home Ground Tags: bathing pool site Bernard McGinley BP site Bryan Fisher ESCC HBC Selep SOBS Town Deal Town Deal Board West St Leonards Forum

£2 bn to fund “revolutionary” cycling and walking plan

The government has announced an ambitious plan for encouraging cycling and walking which could be truly transformative if the rhetoric translates into reality. Nick Terdre reports. Photos by Russell Jacobs.

Laurie Temple leading an NHS staff well-being workshop

Stress management training films for NHS staff

For the past year Laurie Temple, who lives in Hastings, has been delivering stress management and mindfulness training workshops for the East Sussex NHS department of well-being for staff.  He is now about to make a series of related training films for NHS staff, and has launched a crowdfunding appeal to help finance them. HOT’s Paul Way-Rider reports.

Posted 19:56 Monday, Jul 20, 2020 In: Home Ground Tags: Jeanette Williams Laurie Temple nhs

HUDG design competition aims to tap into local creativity

Hastings Urban Design Group has launched a double design competition intended to tap into the town’s creative forces and encourage design distinctiveness. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 17:29 Wednesday, Jul 8, 2020 In: Home Ground
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