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Public meeting on Monday 22 August to discuss revised plans for the Observer Building

The public consultation period for the revised plans for the Observer Building is soon to close, which has caused a flurry of activity on the borough council planning website, writes Erica Smith. It’s also led to local resident Lorna Lloyd co-organising a public meeting about the proposed changes with Castle Ward Forum councillor, Lee Clarke.

Posted 16:39 Wednesday, Aug 17, 2016 In: Home Ground Tags: Cllr Council Flint Hastings Jeff Kirby Observer building Printworks revised plans
Archery Ground in early August (photo: Nick Terdre).

Archery Ground developers get their way

Cabinet ministers and others agree that the Archery Ground in St Leonards-on-Sea is part of a site of national importance. Hastings Borough Council is less impressed, and their relentless indulgence of developers has continued anyway. Following approval by the planning committee of owner Gemselect’s request for changes, Bernard McGinley wonders what happened to good housing and St Leonards.

Posted 11:05 Saturday, Aug 13, 2016 In: Home Ground Tags: Archery Ground Archery Villas Bernard McGinley Burtons' St Leonards Society Chris Hawkins Cllr Patmore Council Constitution Decimus Burton Gemselect Gladedale HBC HS/FA/09/482 HS/FA/13/00590 HS/FA/15/00175 James Burton Marcus Beale NPPF Orbit planning committee Planning inspector R Norman Shaw STAG tenure-blind development
the Bunker: from no-no to go-go, courtesy of HBC's planners.

The Bunker: planning chief provides handy advice on how to turn refusal into approval

Many questions remain as to how the notorious ‘Bunker’ in Rocklands caravan park was fast-tracked from refusal to planning consent. Digging in the files, St Leonards exile, Richard Heritage, uncovers a revealing memo of a meeting between Hastings Borough Council’s then development manager and the owners of the caravan park – and finds that the two applications for the same proposal were assessed completely differently.

Posted 06:17 Tuesday, Aug 9, 2016 In: Home Ground Tags: Bunker Country Park Guilliards Hastings Borough Council Hastings Planning Strategy High Weald AONB John Waterhouse Kevin Boorman Ray Crawford Richard Heritage Rocklands Save Ecclesbourne Group
Part of the booklet's covers, captioned Here King Harold is killed.

Celebrating 1066

On the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, local historian Heather Grief has published a handy booklet providing an interesting account of the battle and its background and suggesting a variety of ways it could be celebrated. Nick Terdre took a read.

EU grant for improving housing conditions

Hastings has been awarded a second European Union grant to help improve housing conditions in the town, this time in St Leonards. The first project, Climate Active Neighbourhood, was approved earlier this year for the Ore Valley area.

Posted 19:15 Tuesday, Aug 2, 2016 In: Home Ground Tags: Amicus Horizon Cllr Kim Forward Energise Sussex Coast Hastings Borough Council Interreg 2 Seas Programme SHINE Sustainable Houses in Inclusive Neighbourhoods
Hastings pier undergoing restoration in late 2014 (photo: John Cole).

Council loses appeal over pier compensation

Hastings Borough Council has lost its Supreme Court appeal against the ruling that it is liable to pay compensation for business losses suffered when it closed the pier for safety reasons in 2006. However, it says it “retains the moral high ground” after judges decided on a more sympathetic interpretation of the Building Act 1984. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 23:48 Wednesday, Jul 27, 2016 In: Home Ground Tags: Building Act Court of Appeal Hastings Borough Council Nick Terdre pier Ravenclaw Stylus Sports Supreme Court
Winston, Barby Keel resident

Summer Open Day at animal sanctuary

The local and much loved and appreciated Barby Keel Animal Sanctuary is holding their annual Open Day on Sunday 7 August. This is the sanctuary’s main fund raising event of the year, raising money to look after all the animals and birds who have been given refuge and a home. Zelly Restorick reports. The BK Wish List is below: please take a look!

Posted 12:48 Wednesday, Jul 20, 2016 In: Home Ground Tags: Barby Keel Animal Sanctuary Open Day Rhian Thomas
The gardening team at the station

Transition at Warrior Square Station

The work of the Transition Town Hastings’ team is blossoming and flourishing at Warrior Square Station. In a relatively short time, they’ve transformed the gardens by the platform, giving the whole area some TLC. Ongoing work – and here’s the dates for when they’re next meeting for gardening and talking, tea and biscuits – and what’s needed to help progress the project. Zelly Restorick reports.

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