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Fewer trees, more visible ‘Bunker’

The Hastings Country Park controversies rumble loudly on. Some things don’t change (such as the ‘Bunker’ being impermissibly still there after all these years). Others do, including the range of grievances and the threatened increasing visibility of the ‘Bunker’. Bernard McGinley reports.

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Campus survives but new sustainable model will be developed, says University of Brighton

Hastings campus is not sustainable in the longer term, the University of Brighton has concluded. It will now seek to develop a “new model” of higher education provision in the town, in conjunction with Sussex Coast College Hastings. But a withdrawal from the town, as local politicians had feared, is not envisaged. Nick Terdre reports.

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Transition Town news

The goal of Transition Town Hastings (TTH) is to ‘help join the dots between all the activities in Hastings and St Leonards that are helping create a more equitable, healthier and self-sufficient community.’ TTH reports.

Creative milieu? The HBC planning department is in the newly refurbished Aquila House.

HBC planning department – up in the top ten?

Is Hastings Borough Council’s planning department one of the 10 best in the country? Planning officials and Labour councillors think so, based on a rating drawn up by the independent Planning Advisory Service. The Save Ecclesbourne Glen campaign group found the claim mystifying and asked Chris Hurrell to look further into it – further indeed than the council, which could not even tell him how the rating was arrived at. Chris came to a rather different conclusion, as he describes here.

Architect's illustration (courtesy HPC).

Call for pier volunteers

As the re-opening of pier draws closer – next month! – Hastings Pier Charity is looking for volunteers to help run the attraction. A recruitment day is planned for Tuesday 8 March. Celebrations to mark the re-opening are also planned. Nick Terdre reports.

Gabriel Carlyle in Hollington Valley

Second legal challenge is mounted against Queensway Gateway Road go-ahead

Gabriel Carlyle, who is based in Hastings, is once again challenging the Queensway Gateway Road, the project of Sea Change Sussex – and once again, his challenge is on the grounds of air pollution. Air pollution – a hot issue at the moment. Zelly Restorick writes.

Image shows L to R Tim Hills TCV, Cllr Warren Davies, Volunteers and Dr Owen Johnson

20 rare trees planted at Alexandra Park

Twenty rare trees have been planted in Alexandra Park in Hastings to ensure that the park continues to hold the most diverse and interesting tree collection of any public park in England.

West Street, Old Town: the council's planning committee has given the go-ahead for new buildings on the site to the left, ignoring the detrimental effect these will have on the privacy and daylight available to the properties across the narrow street, which is just 3.6 metres wide.

Please don’t mention the width of West Street

Do you know where West Street is? It is a narrow road sandwiched between George Street and East Parade in Hastings Old Town, an area where the buildings are mostly listed. Planning decisions should take into account the circumstances of the locale, a reasonable person might suppose. In West Street this has proved not to be the case, to the detriment of local residents, whose attempts to have the situation corrected have been ignored. Richard Price reports.

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