Ore ward report (March 2017)

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Ore toilets saved!

Following the great campaign organised by Ore WI and led by Stephanie Gaunt, the proposal to close the toilets in Ore Village was dropped from the Budget. Over 60 people including both of us joined the protest in the rain on 4th February. Stephanie spoke very well at the Cabinet meeting on 13th February. You can watch a recording of the meeting on YouTube. It’s the first item. The Full Council supported this on 22nd February and you can watch that meeting here.

Other Budget news

The other controversial proposal in the Budget was to close Harold Place toilets in the Town Centre. This proposal was agreed. Regrettable though it is to close any public facilities, we both supported this as the building needs over £100,000 of repairs if it is to remain open as well as £64,000 each year to run. Furthermore there are several other public toilets nearby including Pelham car park, Priory Meadow and Debenhams. The building is likely to be demolished and replaced with a better designed building which may include some toilet facilities open to the public.

February Full Council

It was unusual to have members of the public at the Full Council meeting on 15th February but we were discussing a motion to support the campaign to stop Castledown School in Priory Road from being converted into an academy without proper consideration of the alternatives. Richard spoke in this debate bringing in his experiences of academisation at Ore Village Primary (formerly Red Lake). Many parents and children enjoyed the debate and were delighted when the motion was carried with most Conservatives as well as all Labour councillors supporting it. A recording of this meeting is available on YouTube

Big Local North East Hastings

The committee managing the £1million of lottery money available for the area which includes much of Ore ward reviewed its progress at a meeting recently. Many projects have been supported including the recent pantomime Cindorella, last summer’s Fun Day and the development of better sports facilities to replace the now-demolished Sandown School pool. These include the weekly Seniors’ lunch at the Ore Centre. Over £8,000 in small grants was recently awarded to a number of upcoming projects including breakfast club at Downs Farm Community Centre, cricket sessions starting in March at the Ore Centre, the Men’s Shed, family cooking sessions, fitness sessions and many more.

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All meetings will be at the
Ore Community Centre, 455 Old London Road. Details can be found here.

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