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£2m funding injection for America Ground

Iconic neighbourhood The America Ground is set to receive £2 million of public funding for an exciting four-year programme to rejuvenate this historic part of Hastings beginning in April 2020.

Observer Building to re-open its doors with People and Place exhibition

The landmark Observer Building (OB) is set to open its doors to the town for the first time since its closure in 2016 as a proud partner of the prestigious Coastal Currents Festival, writes Beth Woolf, project manager at White Rock Neighbourhood Ventures.

Posted 17:48 Wednesday, Aug 28, 2019 In: Home Ground Tags: Benedict Stenning Beth Woolf Cathy Teesdale Coastal Currents 2019 Janey Moffatt John Cole Jonny Thompson White Rock Neighbourhood Ventures

Carry on regardless at Hastings Pier?

Breaches of planning consent on Hastings Pier have been known for many months.  Following coverage of this in HOT, there are four more big signs on the Deck building, there without permission. The Deck doors have new lettering over them, without permission. The inscription for the Birch Room has similarly been obliterated without permission.  For Bernard McGinley, this looks increasingly like a slight to Hastings, its people, the council and Hastings Pier. Looking at the continuing mess, he wonders if it’s time to resave the pier.

Posted 21:07 Wednesday, Aug 21, 2019 In: Home Ground Tags: Bernard McGinley dRMM Enforcement Hastings Pier LBC Lions Group Listed Building Consent Lord Brett McLean pier planning planning permission RIBA slots Stirling Prize

Slot machines on the pier: answering some of the critics

Bernard McGinley’s recent piece about slot machines on the pier has provoked a lot of response, especially on HOT’s Facebook page, much of it critical. Editorial organiser Nick Terdre takes up some of the questions raised.

Posted 12:20 Tuesday, Aug 6, 2019 In: Home Ground Tags: Bernard McGinley Gulzar Listed Building Consent Nick Terdre pier slot machines

Slots where slots shouldn’t be

Even in high summer, Hastings Pier is looking meagre still, with more toy animals than visitors. (Closing at 5pm in high summer probably doesn’t help.) The ‘new amusement area’ has opened — but some of gaming machines are where they should not be. What will Hastings Borough Council (HBC) do? Bernard McGinley looks at a needlessly drawn-out problem.

Construction of Country Park visitor centre under way

Construction of the new visitor centre in Hastings Country Park is finally under way, with the opening expected in the autumn. Nick Terdre reports.

Taking control of your housing

On Saturday 1 June, Emily Johns and others from Walden Pond Housing Cooperative in St Leonards-on-Sea are running a workshop to explain how to set up a housing co-op. Read on to find out more about how you can create an affordable and long-term housing solution.

Posted 16:14 Saturday, May 11, 2019 In: Home Ground

Two-year project aims to bring Country Park heritage to light

The heritage hidden in Hastings Country Park is to be brought to light in a joint project between Hastings Borough Council and environmental charity Groundwork South, supported by funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Nick Terdre reports.

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