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My first visit to court

I’ve never been to court before, having never had any reason to go, either voluntarily or under official obligation, writes HOT’s Zelly Restorick.  However, on Monday morning, I entered Hastings Magistrates’ Court on Bohemia Road, partly to support a fellow nature defender and partly with my ‘HOT hat’ on, as an observer and listener.

Posted 11:55 Wednesday, Jan 9, 2013 In: Home Ground Tags: , , ,
But not leading, for the time being, to a new development.

Gladedale appeal dismissed

Glad tidings for many – but not Gladedale – with the dismissal of its appeal against the council’s refusal to sanction its proposed Archery Ground development. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 10:03 Saturday, Dec 22, 2012 In: Home Ground Tags: , ,
Hastings town hall

Hastings Grant Cut Largest In South East

Hastings Borough Council is to receive the largest reduction in government funding next year of any council in the South East. – This is the key implication for Hastings from this week’’s Local Government Finance Statement, according to a statement by Kevin Boorman, the Council’s  Head of Communications & Marketing.

Posted 11:45 Friday, Dec 21, 2012 In: Home Ground
Vehicles, a skip and material being thrown out of a window signify something is happening to the old college building. Gladedale's QC denied the company had allowed the site to become derelict.

Archery Ground decision due

Any day now, the future of the Archery Ground in St Leonards will be decided – following the five-day public inquiry in early November, the decision is due to be given by 21 December. Nick Terdre describes some of the salient points which came out of the inquiry.

Posted 15:47 Sunday, Dec 16, 2012 In: Home Ground Tags:
Norman longboats with dragon heads are depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry.

Site of Norman longboat located

An important step towards finding further evidence to back his theory that the Battle of Hastings took place in Crowhurst Valley has been taken by local historian, Nick Austin, who says he has located the site of a buried Norman longboat, which must have formed part of the invasion fleet, HOT’s Nick Terdre reports.


Empty Homes Week, 25 November to 1 December, is organised by the Empty Homes agency to highlight the waste of empty property nationwide, and to celebrate the success of numerous examples and new initiatives used to bring empty homes back into use and to encourage more widespread action. A fifth of all homes now created are the result of empty homes being returned to use.

Posted 11:47 Wednesday, Nov 28, 2012 In: Home Ground Tags: , ,
Hastings Pier

Three cheers for the Pier

This week Hastings is celebrating the wonderful news of the £11.4 million Heritage Lottery Fund for the pier. Hastings Online Times would like to add our cheers for the Hastings Pier and White Rock Trust (HPWRT) into the mix. It’s been six long years of fighting, but thanks to their patience and persistence, it looks like things are beginning to move.

Posted 11:29 Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 In: Home Ground Tags: ,
Flash Mob outside Brookers in Norman Road, St Leonards, by Gemma Nwankwo & Natasha Hill

Watch this space…

Brookers, the hardware store in Norman Road finally closed its doors last week. The property, which was once a cinema, is up for auction.

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