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Combe Haven Valley - minus roadworks (Photo Oliver Tookey, I think!)

Puzzling over planning and protection

Puzzled about planning? I know I am, writes HOT’s Zelly Restorick. Earlier today, I received a press release from the Combe Haven Defenders (one of the groups working locally to protect natural spaces ‘in perpetuity’) stating: “Planned new road would destroy ‘irreplaceable’ wildlife site”.

Arab stallion Photo from Findwallpaper.info

Brian’s ride to London

A poignant true story for horse lovers everywhere! Waiting at the hospital a few weeks ago, HOT’s Zelly Restorick admired the jaunty tartan trousers of the man sitting next to her; they ended up chatting and the man, Brian Cutler, told her a story from his youth, which touched her heart to the core. Here is Brian’s account of what happened – and the recent synchronistic finale.

Graffiti on the sea wall at St Leonards, now mostly covered by pebbles

Urgent national road policy consultation

According to the Campaign for Better Transport, the government plans to spend £30bn on building 190 new roads nationwide. If you think it’s not the right time for this, writes HOT’s Zelly Restorick, let the government know – urgently. The deadline for responding is Wednesday February 26.

Celebrate non-violence

As the government marks the First World War centenary by celebrating nationalism and military values, a new study/action group in Hastings will be examining the power and complexity of non-violence, writes Zelly Restorick.

copse-destroyed

Fundraiser for the Combe Haven 19

Spooky Tales Fundraiser Tales of the Supernatural, East Sussex ghost stories: £5 entry

grey seal ©Tom Marshall_Sussex Wildlife Trust

Have a whale of a time

Sussex Wildlife Trust celebrates some of the larger marine animals that can be seen off Sussex during a one-day course, Sussex Sea Life – from Mammals to Sharks,

Fairtrade leaflets

Is Hastings ready to become a Fairtrade Town?

Interested in Hastings and St Leonards becoming a Fairtrade Town? Want to find out more about Fairtrade and what it means and who’s involved locally? Then make a note in your diary to attend an informal gathering at Azur on St Leonards’ seafront at 7.30pm on 13 November, writes HOT’s Zelly Restorick, where there’ll be speakers, stalls, networking and light refreshments – all Fairtrade, of course.

Clean Air

Get outside for some fresh air?

This morning, I received an email from 38 Degrees, alerting the public to a consultation on Local Air Quality Management, writes HOT’s Zelly Restorick. This led me to The Healthy Air campaign developed by activist lawyer group, ClientEarth

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