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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.

England Coast Path goes kinky in Hastings Country Park

The landslip below Rocklands caravan park has obliged Natural England to go the long way round to accommodate the Hastings Country Park section of the coastal path, as Andrew Colquhoun, vice chair of the Friends of Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve, explains.

Planners back slot machine proposal for central pier rooms

The central ‘Deck’/visitor centre building of Hastings Pier is fully recommended by HBC officers for conversion to two rooms full of fruit machines (‘slots’).  Why are legal and policy protections being ignored? Bernard McGinley tries to peer more closely into the matter.

New initiative aims to develop co-housing for older women

A new response to the housing crisis has arisen in the shape of HOWCH – Hastings Older Women Co-Housing. Member Sue Warren explains its aims and plans ahead of its next public meeting on Friday 26 April.

Posted 16:23 Wednesday, Apr 17, 2019 In: Home Ground Tags: Hastings Older Women Co-housing HOWCH National Community Land Trust Network sue warren Sussex Community Housing Hub

More hold-ups for HoH’s Ore Valley housing scheme

Sea Space’s decision to ‘market-test’ the Ore Valley site on which Heart of Hastings plans an enviromentally friendly and affordable housing project creates further headaches for the community land trust. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 11:49 Monday, Apr 1, 2019 In: Home Ground Tags: Bioregional Heart of Hastings HoH Ore Valley Sea Space Shelley Feldman

Planning committee proves decisive for pier and Stade

Would the Stade footpath get a reprieve? Would the Pier sheds be refused permission? Would sound arguments prevail? Of course not — this is Hastings. Observing the planning committee at work, Bernard McGinley gets the Mugsborough Blues.

Posted 13:46 Friday, Mar 8, 2019 In: Home Ground Tags: Amusement Park Bernard McGinley Cllr Louise Cllr Roberts Cllr Scott conservation management plan Foreshore Trust Hastings Pier HBC Mr Gulzar pathway pier planning committee sheds Sheikh Stade

Residents’ voice still ignored as bathing pool site plans advance

Hastings Borough Council is pushing ahead with its plans for a large housing development on the former bathing pool site in West St Leonards, unmoved by the continuing efforts of local residents to have a say in what happens in their neck of the woods. Residents are asked to object to the council’s planned disposal of the site and attend the Cabinet meeting next Monday when their petition will be presented. Nick Terdre reports.

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