Ore Ward report (April 2016)
Elections – May 5th
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Big Local North East Hastings
At its March meeting, significant grants were awarded to Sandown School towards a feasibility study looking at options for replacing the now closed swimming pool and Ore Community Land Trust towards the design of the greenway cycling and walking route through Speckled Wood. Preparations were also made for the Annual General Meeting which took place on 27th March.
Sandown School Pool
Richard, as the Big Local’s representative, attended the first meeting of the project group overseeing the replacement of the pool. This was a very positive meeting with everybody committed to getting things moving after long delays. FMG Consultants have been appointed to look at a variety of options and come up with realistic proposals which local residents will have the chance to comment on. They will look at sources of funding for the detailed design and construction as well as the likely demand for it. The outcome will not be just a replacement for the pool but a genuine resource for the local community including sports clubs and local residents as well as schoolchildren. It will also make use of the school’s large areas of open space for football, rugby, hockey, cricket, athletics, etc..
The Local Government Boundary Commission for England has launched its consultation into changes to ward boundaries in Hastings and St Leonards to make them of similar size. We reported last year that the Council has proposed minor changes to the Ore boundary and these have been accepted and included in the consultation. These changes would mean that Victoria Avenue moves from Tressell to Ore and the whole of the Ivyhouse Lane industrial estate moves to Baird ward; previously the eastern side was in Ore. You can see the full details and comment on them here.
Red Lake Residents’ Association
The Red Lake RA Annual General Meeting held in March was its last. After many years of solid service to their local area, the officers, Pat Botley, Sylvia Potter and Amy Wheeler, decided not to stand again and nobody came forward to take on these roles. It is a great shame that here and in other parts of the town, few people are willing to get involved in Residents’ Associations which can do so much to improve the area they represent and the lives of the residents.
We reported recently on the application to convert Mepham’s Butchers in Winchelsea Road back into two houses. Permission has been granted as this falls under the changes to permitted development rights which came into force in April 2014.
Normally reliable sources have informed us that Booker & Best, the local building and property maintenance company, have bought the King’s Head on Rye Road. However our sources don’t know what they intend to do with it. It closed as a pub a few years ago and work had started to convert it to a vets’ surgery but that scheme fell through.
Ore Village Primary Academy
Ian McCrae, headteacher since September 2014, announced his resignation to parents on the last day before the Easter break. It is a great shame that he has decided to leave and all involved in the school will miss his enthusiasm and dedication to improving the school. For the summer term, the school will be jointly led by two very experienced heads, Neil McDonough and Rhiannon Price who have been working with Mr McCrae and other staff over recent weeks to raise standards. The sponsors, The Kemnal Academies Trust (TKAT), will then begin the process of appointing a permanent successor. It is, of course, essential that the education and welfare of the pupils is not harmed during this transition period.
We continue to report potholes and other highway issues that arise and most of them are dealt with though unfortunately not all. You can keep a check on what has been reported and how repairs are progressing on FixMyStreet.com where you can also report problems you have noticed. As Highways are the responsibility of East Sussex County Council decisions on what to repair and what to ignore are ultimately theirs. Their criteria for repair are:
Most A and B roads
- More than 100mm deep and more than 300mm wide – two hours
- 40mm to 100mm deep and more than 300mm wide – five days
- Approaching 40mm deep – one month
Most C and unclassified roads
- More than 100mm deep and more than 300mm wide – five days
- 40mm to 100mm deep and more than 300mm wide – six months
If a pothole is more than 100mm deep and more than 300mm wide on an A or B road we will make it safe within two hours.
Ore library bench
The blue bench outside Ore Library will be replaced soon. Several residents have asked about its disappearance as they found it such a good place to stop and have a rest. It was removed due to its bad condition and will be replaced by a much better one though it may not be blue!
We listen to the concerns of local residents and traders at 18:15 on the first Thursday of each month. Why not come and join us to listen or raise your concerns?
In 2016 all meetings will be at the
Ore Community Centre, 455 Old London Road. Details can be found here.
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