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KEEP  OFF YOUR LAND: Council proposes to restrict use of the Country Park

Hastings Borough Council (HBC) is proposing to change the bylaws of the Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve regarding ‘Restriction of Access’.  The reason are unclear, and at best general. Bernard McGinley can’t choose between This Land Is Your Land and Don’t Fence Me In. Photos by Bernard McGinley.

Posted 17:24 Tuesday, Feb 11, 2020 In: Home Ground Tags: Bernard McGinley Council Country Park development HBC HCPNR LNR Natural England planning solar farm solar panels wildlife

Help shape West St Leonards’ future – don’t miss public meetings this week

Help Shape West St Leonards! That is the rallying cry from West St Leonards Forum as, against a background of local opposition to council housing proposals on the old bathing pool site and Bulverhythe recreation ground, they urge the community to get behind the development of a neighbourhood plan . Meetings to discuss the proposal will be held on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The Forum’s Bryan Fisher explains.

Posted 17:26 Tuesday, Jan 28, 2020 In: Home Ground Tags: Bryan Fisher HBC neighbourhood plan Preston Virginia Vilela West Marina West St Leonards

Bulverhythe planning forum leaves questions unanswered

An update on the council’s proposed housing development on Bulverhythe recreation ground were provided at a pre-application planning forum this week. But although planning permission is expected to be sought in the spring, much about the project remains undecided, and many concerns raised by local residents are yet to be answered. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 17:54 Sunday, Jan 19, 2020 In: Home Ground Tags: Alan Baxter Ambiental Bulverhythe Chris Lewcock Environmental Agency Hastings Borough Council Kim Forward LUC Maddox Metropolitan Mike Howard Stephanie Wood

Possible sites for council’s solar farms scheme reduced to two

Having eliminated two of the potential sites for its proposed solar farms scheme, Hastings Borough Council is now left with two remaining options, both in Hastings Country Park. While Natural England’s views on the environmental suitability of the two sites are being sought, the Friends of Hastings Country Park have reiterated their opposition to the scheme. Nick Terdre reports.

Planning forum on Bulverhythe housing scheme this Monday

A planning pre-application forum is to be held on Monday 13 January in connection with Hastings Borough Council’s plans for an extensive housing development on the Bulverhythe recreation ground. Bernard McGinley reports.

Council ‘vision’ threatens White Rock Gardens

Members and officers of Hastings Borough Council (HBC) have a ‘vision’ of disposing of the green spaces that are the glory of St Leonards & Hastings.  Central government meanwhile is proclaiming the merits of garden towns. Bernard McGinley wonders what’s going on, and how much space is at risk.

Posted 09:17 Saturday, Jan 4, 2020 In: Home Ground Tags: Azur Bernard McGinley Continuum convent Country Park HBC housing Option C Oval pier planning Summerfields Undercliff visitor centre White Rock Gardens White Rock Theatre

Message to Council: ‘No luxury housing on bathing pool site’


Protest over bathing pool site plans called for early Saturday

On Saturday morning, 23 November, the Old Bathing Pool site campaign is holding a demonstration on the site in Seaside Road, West St Leonards. Bernard McGinley, who also took the pictures, reports.

Posted 18:36 Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 In: Home Ground Tags: bathing pool Bernard McGinley HBC luxury housing neighbourhood plan Sally-Ann Hart West Marina
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