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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 Homes England 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

Cycling/walking route among proposals for Hastings in new active travel funding round

East Sussex County Council is now preparing proposals for the second round of funding under the government’s active travel fund. Grassroots groups in Hastings are proposing a sea front-station walking/cycling route as well as cycle racks in strategic locations. Nick Terdre reports.

Committee revolt gives Christ Church its solar panels

When unstoppable utility meets administrative fixity, something’s got to give. Bernard McGinley, who also took the photos, looks at the Planning Committee’s recent decision to approve the installation of solar panels on the roof of a listed church in Ore against the advice of planners.

Posted 12:25 Thursday, Jun 25, 2020 In: Home Ground Tags: Alexander Dick Gough Bernard McGinley Christ Church Ore climate change climate emergency Energise Sussex Coast energy Global warming solar panels

Modest active travel measures proposed for Hastings

With a first-round allocation of £479,000 from the transport ministry’s active travel fund, East Sussex County Council is now awaiting approval from the ministry for the measures it has proposed. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 18:48 Thursday, Jun 11, 2020 In: Home Ground Tags: active travel Eastbourne ESCC Grant Shapps Hastings Lewes Nick Terdre Rother Wealden

Oversize Bunker cries out for HBC action

Rocklands Caravan Park and controversy seem to be inseparable bedfellows. Can Rocklands ever be a good neighbour to Hastings Country Park? It’s not impossible. But there’s no sign of it yet, as Bernard McGinley (a Friend of the Country Park) finds as he looks into the latest breaches of planning permission, and calls for firm action by the council.

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