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Photo: Russell Jacobs.

Hefty bill for HBC following pier appeals

Contesting and settling a claim for loss of business when it closed the pier for safety reasons in 2006 has landed Hastings Borough Council with a bill well in excess of £1 million. Nick Terdre reports.

Site of the landslip which runs from Rocklands into Ecclesbourne Glen.

FoIs reveal council’s Rocklands appeal costs

The legal costs incurred by the council in its efforts to keep the causes of landslides in Rocklands caravan park under wraps have been revealed through a series of Freedom of Information submissions. In the process, concerns have been raised about the council’s handling of such requests. Nick Terdre reports.

Scene of the landslide, which began in Rocklands caravan park - behind the fence - and ran down into the Country Park.

Country Park legal showdown

Several years on,  information on the landslides in Hastings Country Park and Rocklands Caravan Park in 2013/14 is still hard to obtain. Hastings Borough Council is appealing against a formal decision by the Information Commissioner’s Office that it should disclose a geotechnical report. What’s going on? Bernard McGinley reports on the latest legal turns.

Aquila House - HBC headquarters from which the complaints policy is administered (photo: Bernard McGinley).

Council’s ‘refreshed’complaints policy raises concerns over fair treatment of critics

Hastings Borough Council has expanded its powers for dealing with complainants who are judged to be excessively persistent or vexatious. While powers for dealing with excessive complaints are necessary, there are concerns that the council may also use its powers against those lodging well-grounded but inconvenient or embarrassing complaints. Nick Terdre reports.

Clearing scrub and bramble on the QGR route on 16 March 2015 (photo: CHD).

Dormice prompt criticism of QGR work

Combe Haven Defenders (CHD) claim that, after planning permission for the Queensway Gateway road was granted in early 2015, development company Sea Change Sussex cleared dormouse habitats before the requisite licence had been issued. Sea Change denies the charge. Nick Terdre reports.

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