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Making furniture re-use sexy

“Dealing with the very unsexy issue of providing furniture for poor people, HFS is a magnificent group” said Mark Thomas, the comedian, writer and campaigner who is patron of Hastings Furniture Service (HFS). Naomi Ridley of HFS writes.

Posted 09:13 Wednesday, Nov 16, 2016 In: Home Ground Tags: Hastings Furniture Service HFS Make Furniture Re-use Sexy Mark Thomas Naomi Ridley Philosophy Football Red Shed tour st mary in the castle

HBC ordered to disclose Rocklands document

When Save Ecclesbourne Glen (SEG) group requested documents which they believe will throw light on the causes of the landslip at Rocklands Caravan Park in the Country Park, Hastings Borough Council refused to release some of them. However, SEG’s complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has been upheld and the council has now supplied the withheld documents. Nick Terdre reports.

Headaches for planners due to documents missing from West Hill Road case file

The sudden emergence of development activity on a long neglected site at the Bo-Peep end of West Hill Road in July caused an outcry, not only about the razing of what had become a rich wildlife habitat but also about the legality of the proposed development 28 years after planning permission was originally granted. After viewing the case file, Chris Lewcock, chairman of Hastings Urban Design Group, found plenty of questions raising their heads, including whether the planning permission is valid. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 16:58 Wednesday, Nov 2, 2016 In: Home Ground Tags: Atlas Partners Chris Lewcock Hastings Hastings Borough Council Hastings UrbanDesign Group HBC Planning Department Nick Terdre West Hill Road

Assault on Conservation Area 13

Does St Leonards need another planning controversy? It looks like it’s getting one anyway as the council considers plans to knock down Park Beck in Upper Maze Hill – part of the Markwick Terrace Conservation Area – and replace it with a bloated Croydonesque mess. Bernard McGinley walks Burton’s turnpike.

Rock House rocks!

An experimental, collaborative, creative, affordable mixed-use building: Rock House in the centre of Hastings offers both residential and working space, aiming to “disrupt the usual gentrification story by making it possible for people who ‘scrape a living’ – but contribute so much to the area – to continue living and working here”. Karen Simnett writes.

Posted 15:08 Tuesday, Oct 25, 2016 In: Home Ground Tags: FJ Parson Observer Printworks Friends of Rock House Ground Control Karen Simnett Meanwhile Space CIC Opus Energy Rock House White Rock Neighbourhood Ventures White Rock Trust

What’s going on? Let us know

Ready, steady . . . WRITE

Posted 10:25 In: Home Ground Tags: colleges HOT IT politics sport Toby Sargent Weeksey

Vote for historic greenhouse restoration

Two blacksmiths are planning to forge a new future for an historic greenhouse as a community project. Tobias Cobrin and Ben Crosthwaite will restore and repair the cast iron frame of the structure at Alexandra Park, Hastings, but they need your vote to help do this. Lynda Foy of the Alexandra Park Greenhouse Group writes.

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