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Sheep grazing in the westernmost field under consideration by the council for hosting a solar farm.

Feasibility studies for solar farms are dubbed “reckless”

The Friends of Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve have condemned Hastings Borough Council’s “reckless” refusal to listen to advice from Natural England on their proposal to build two solar farms in the Country Park. But the council leader still says that an adverse report from the agency could cause the project to be dropped. Nick Terdre reports.

Cllr Andy Patmore, upper left, at the Cabinet meeting, with Cllr Rob Lee on his left and Cllr Peter Chowney, right, who chaired the meeting.

Patmore: why I opposed solar farms proposal at Cabinet

At last week’s Cabinet meeting Conservative councillor Andy Patmore, together with his colleague Cllr Rob Lee, voted against the motion to authorise feasibility studies costing £80,000 for the ground-mounted solar farms proposed by the council for the Country Park. Here he explains his reasons for doing so, and why he thinks it is crucial to seek Natural England’s comments on the proposal as the next step – a move which was approved as an amendment.

Peter Chowney, second from left, at the launch of a new edition of the Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (photo: HBC).

Peter Chowney responds to council critics

Rocklands, the Country Park, Sea Change projects – Hastings Borough Council’s handling of such planning and development issues spawn regular critical contributions to HOT’s columns and high levels of readership. We invited council leader, Peter Chowney to respond to some of the criticism, which he did in a recent interview with Nick Terdre.

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.

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