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Secret walled garden

Visitors can discover the secrets of a hidden garden when the international Chelsea Fringe Festival comes to Hastings in May. Members of the Bohemia Walled Garden Association (BWGA) will celebrate the growing success of their community project on Sunday, 21 May, when they use their annual open day to host Fringe events. Lynda Foy reports.

Alexandra Park, May 2015

Chelsea Flower Fringe to Hastings

A festival of flowers, gardens and gardening will spread its roots to Hastings next month (May), when the Chelsea Fringe arrives in town with a day in Alexandra Park and a talk from author, Travis Elborough. Report by Lynda Foy, photos by Colin Foy.

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“Oi! SeaSpace / SeaChange / HBRL / whatever your name is: this land is our land”

Last Saturday saw a forgotten patch of land in Ore Valley become the centre of attention for the first time since the Broomgrove power station burned down 17 years ago. HOT’s Erica Smith was a volunteer steward. In between directing cars to the College car park, her thoughts turned to SeaSpace, SeaChange and the Great Battle for Neighbourhood Renewal. Scroll to the bottom of this article to find out how you can show your support for this brilliant community-led regeneration project.

Church Street, with the proposed site of housing on the right.

Call to object to Church Street development

Friends of Speckled Wood are opposed to a planning application to build houses in Church Street on the border of Speckled Wood, and have called on supporters to lodge objections. Nick Terdre reports.

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Heart of Hastings Community Land Trust

The Heart of Hastings Community Land Trust is currently working on a project in the Ore Valley. The ultimate aim is to develop the former power station site (Broomgrove) for affordable housing. This also entails supporting the Hastings Greenway group, which is working hard to make key services like the Ore Valley Sussex Coast College and Ore Station much more accessible to the surrounding neighbourhoods by opening up a route through the Ore Valley, which will pass through the power station site. Environmental Site Steward and Outreach worker for Heart of Hastings Community Land Trust (Ore Valley), Anton Hack writes.

Heritage cars

Plans to ‘reduce parking on seafront’ revealed

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Ironwork in the park

Blacksmiths have started a three-month project to help an historic greenhouse start a new, working life. Ben Crosthwaite and Tobias Cobrin are cleaning, painting or replacing cast iron and steel  parts on the structure at Alexandra Park, Hastings, so that its ventilation  windows can function again. Lynda Foy writes.

Part of the greenfield site off Bexhill Road where housing is proposed to be built as part of the scheme. adjacent to the

Sports village proposal moves ahead

The new sports village proposed to provide new grounds for Hastings United Football Club and Horntye Park sports complex has passed the first stage of scrutiny by the council. Among the next steps is the negotiation of terms for the sale of council land on which the village is to be built. Nick Terdre reports.

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