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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.

Chair should have declared conflict of interest, says critic

The application for installing five kiosks on the pier was passed by HBC’s planning committee at its March meeting, but in the view of local resident Chris Hurrell the committee chair, Cllr Alan Roberts, should have declared a conflict of interest and left the room. In Mr Hurrell’s view, the chair was also remiss in allowing the pier owner to ramble on about irrelevant matters when answering questions from committee members. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 13:09 Friday, Apr 5, 2019 In: Local Government Tags: Alan Roberts Chris Hurrell code of conduct Gulzar Margi O'Callaghan Matthew Beaver planning committee planning protocol Standards Committee Trevor Webb

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

The clarity the Foreshore Trust owes the public is missing

The Foreshore Trust continues to say nothing about the future of foreshore assets, as the Stade pathway application continues. The proposal seeks to reroute the footpath and give land to the amusement park. Bernard McGinley takes another look at a case lacking in defenders.

Posted 20:05 Sunday, Feb 3, 2019 In: Home Ground Tags: Amusement Park Bernard McGinley Charity Commissioners Coastal Users Group conservation area fairground Foreshore Trust HBC Old Town PDR planning planning committee Stade

Right to pathway being walked all over

The public footpath through the Stade amusement park is under threat. What will the Foreshore Trust do? What does the Council think?  Bernard McGinley takes a stroll down it, while he still can.

Posted 09:28 Saturday, Oct 20, 2018 In: Home Ground Tags: 1893 Bernard McGinley Coastal Users Group ESCC foreshore Foreshore Trust Inspectorate Old Town planning planning committee right of way

Council duty to stop unnecessary tree felling

Recently HOT heard from one of our regular readers – a local resident who is passionate about protecting green spaces and trees – that plans have been submitted to the council to fell trees (71 of which have Tree Protection Orders) at Beauport Caravan Park. Chris Hurrell, Bernard McGinley and Zelly Restorick report.

Posted 13:19 Tuesday, Sep 4, 2018 In: Nature Tags: Bernard McGinley Chris Hurrell Hastings Borough Council Planning Committee Michael Gove Ms Doubtfire planning committee Sir William Worsley Zelly Restorick

Viability loophole hits affordable housing

The government has announced measures to tackle Britain’s housing crisis, including ending the abuse of viability assessments by developers to dodge their obligations to build affordable housing. In the first of two articles Nick Terdre looks at how viability assessments have become so problematic, the council’s response and how the town’s supply of affordable housing has suffered.

Posted 21:02 Monday, Mar 26, 2018 In: Home Ground Tags: affordable housing Cil Community Infrastructure Levy District Valuer Services Gemselect Green Party H3 Hastings Borough Council HBC Julia Hilton Laing Liberal Democrats Local Plan National Planning Policy Framework Nick Perry Nick Terdre NPPF Orbit Peter Chowney Phil Scott planning committee SPD Station Plaza supplementary planning document Theresa May

Inferior version of Visitor Centre approved for Hastings Country Park

It took 11 minutes for Hastings Borough Council to decide that its application for a Visitor Centre was entirely acceptable. Bernard McGinley finds that you don’t need a sewage engineer to know which way the wind blows.

Posted 13:15 Monday, Mar 12, 2018 In: Home Ground Tags: Bernard McGinley Hastings Country Park HBC material amendment Natural England planning planning committee visitor centre
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