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On Monday the White Rock Neighbourhood Ventures offer of £1.25 million for the old Observer Building was accepted. If all goes to plan, by 21 December this year, the OB will have an exciting new future. HOT’s Erica Smith caught up with Beth Woolf from Jericho Road who has been busy working with White Rock Neighbourhood Ventures, buying the Hastings Observer building. 

Site of the landslip which runs from Rocklands into Ecclesbourne Glen.

FoIs reveal council’s Rocklands appeal costs

The legal costs incurred by the council in its efforts to keep the causes of landslides in Rocklands caravan park under wraps have been revealed through a series of Freedom of Information submissions. In the process, concerns have been raised about the council’s handling of such requests. Nick Terdre reports.

Action from the Pilot Field: the U's miss a penalty in the recent 2-4 home defeat to Whyteleafe in the FA Trophy.

Hastings United plan Tilekiln move

The U’s are on the move. Hastings United have identified a site for their new stadium, while Horntye Park trustees also promise news on alternative options for their sports facilities. Nick Terdre reports.

Construction on the Archery Ground is proceeding apace. This was the scene in July.

Archery Ground changes approved

Affordable housing provision in Hastings has taken a knock with the approval by the planning committee of an application to slash the quota on the Archery Ground development. Nick Terdre reports.

The amusement park owner plans to build a new footpath alongside the boating lake.

Right to pathway being walked all over

The public footpath through the Stade amusement park is under threat. What will the Foreshore Trust do? What does the Council think?  Bernard McGinley takes a stroll down it, while he still can.

Flooding early this year on the Bulverhythe rec lower tier. The Environment Agency currently rates the flood risk as too high for housing development.

HBC proposes Bulverhythe housing project while United mull Hollington move

While the proposed Combe Valley Sports Village on the Bulverhythe recreation ground has died a death, Hastings Borough Council is pushing ahead with plans for a large housing estate on the site. Meanwhile Hastings United is looking at developing a new football ground in Hollington. Nick Terdre reports.

Handover of Green Party petition on the harbour proposal to mayor Nigel Sinden, right, by Julia Hilton, centre, and Amelia Womack, the Greens' deputy leader.

Lessons from withdrawal of harbour proposal

The harbour proposal in Rock-a-Nore has been withdrawn – but different parties have different versions of how that happened, how Hastings Borough Council handled the proposal and whether it has a robust enough policy to distinguish between future proposals which would be detrimental to the town and those which would benefit it. All these issues came to the surface at the Cabinet meeting last Monday. Nick Terdre reports.

Heavy machinery among the trees (photo: Chris Lewcock).

Council halts tree works on Archery Ground

Council officers have intervened on the Archery Ground building site to put a stop to unauthorised work on protected trees. Meanwhile building continues apace though the developer’s application to slash the number of affordable houses has yet to be decided. Nick Terdre reports.

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