Ore ward report (April 2017)
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Funding secured for new Country Park Visitor Centre
Together with their partners Groundwork South and the School of Natural Building, Hastings Borough Council have been awarded £890,000 towards building a new centre at Hastings Country Park.
The new visitor centre will be part of a major European funded project to construct public buildings from straw. Other countries involved in the project are Germany, Belgium, Netherlands and France. The aim of the project is to showcase sustainable building projects with reduced carbon footprints. The new visitor centre will be the first straw build building in the Borough and will be a focus for new interpretation and events at the Country Park. We hope to have the new centre open to the public early in 2018. It will be a completely sustainable straw building; a fitting building for the Country Park and its visitors and one of which our residents can rightly be proud.
HENS (Healthy Neighbourhood Scheme)
Would you like to volunteer some time to help people living in the Ore Valley? HENS is recruiting in this Neighbourhood and would be very happy to have an informal chat with you if you have time to offer any company, help with small tasks, shopping etc… for those that are in need. They can offer support and training, free DBS check and social get togethers. Alternatively you may be in need of, or know someone that may benefit from a volunteer in this area. If either of these apply please contact Graham Hodgson on 07507 408097 or firstname.lastname@example.org
County Highways renege on promise to resurface Fairlight Avenue
In January 2016, we reported that Highways officers had given us an assurance that Fairlight Avenue would be fully resurfaced in the financial year beginning April 2016. As the financial year is drawing to a close, Michael chased this up on 9th March and received the following reply: “Fairlight Avenue is not in this year’s surfacing programme but I can see it was provisionally pencilled in for 2017/18 programme but now that programme has been finalised it has unfortunately dropped off the bottom.”
On 10th March, contractors arrived and patched up the many potholes in the road leaving grit and stones lying around on the surface to be spread everywhere by passing vehicles marking some parked vehicles. In addition, as residents pointed out, the tarmac does not cover the road surface right up to the kerb leaving space for weeds to grow. Naturally residents are very angry that Highways have reneged on their promise as well as the poor standard of the temporary fix. We will not be letting this drop until the Avenue is properly resurfaced as Highways promised.
Sandown Swimming Pool
Richard recently met the Head and others from the school for an update on progress with replacing the pool which was demolished last year. The preferred option is to build a 25 metre 4-lane pool with changing facilities for both pool and outside users on the site of the old pool. There may also be a full-size 3G synthetic turf pitch. The pool is likely to cost around £1.7 million and the 3G pitch a further £0.9 million to build so work now starts on raising the funds. The new pool would be available for swimming clubs and the local community outside of school hours and the new changing facilities would allow full use of the extensive playing fields behind the school. It is hoped that Sport England, who have supported the project from the beginning, will also support it financially but that would still leave a lot more to find. The school would love to hear from local businesses and individuals who could help. The project is supported by Big Local, Hastings Council, East Sussex Council, Amateur Swimming Association and many more.
Enhanced Warden Service
Additional wardens will soon be out across the town focused entirely on litter and dog mess enforcement. Dog mess has been a problem across the ward for ages and is the chief subject of complaint we receive. The service will be self-funding and been effective in other areas. The wardens will be wearing body cameras and the Council has been clear that they should be reasonable in issuing notices, for example when dealing with children. The ideal outcome would be that people’s behaviour will change as they realise they are likely to get an on-the-spot fine but having seen how negligent this very small group of people can be, we will be evaluating the scheme at the end of the year.
In June last year, we reported that the famous Grotbusters have taken on 309-311 Harold Road which has been in an appalling state of disrepair for several years. Warnings have been served on the owner requiring them to bring the properties up to a reasonable standard. However, the company that owns it is based in the Turks & Caicos islands and has ignored all correspondence. A formal notice will now be served and, if it is not complied with, legal action will follow.
Recordings of all public Council meetings can now be found on the Council’s website. This replaces any links we’ve shared in previous reports.
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?
All meetings are at the
Ore Community Centre, 455 Old London Road. Details can be found here.