There’s been a lot of speculation over the future of the King’s Head pub on Rye Road which closed a couple of years ago. Planning permission was granted to convert it to a vets’ surgery and work started on the conversion but then it stopped and nothing happened. We can now confirm what is actually happening following a conversation Richard had recently with well-known local firm Booker & Best who have bought the property. They are in discussions with the Council’s planning officers prior to submitting plans to demolish the building and replace it with some “very tasteful” flats. They expect to submit the application shortly.
Sandown Pool replacement
Charlie Lindsay, headteacher of Sandown School, sent the message below to parents recently updating them on progress following the meeting held on 8th July. Richard was present as Big Local representative.
“FMG consultants presented the costings/plans for the 3 ideas for a replacement pool.
1) A modern like for like replacement
2) Community sports centre
3) Community sports centre (inc 3G pitch) and the business plans for all three.
With the costs for the cheapest idea coming in at close to £1M and the most expensive at more than £5M, it soon became clear we would need to secure a great deal of funding. We then looked at the finances to confirm if each idea would sustain itself and were disappointed to learn that the cheapest option would continuously run at a loss.
Members of the team are now working on some follow up actions to confirm the most attractive facilities to funders, but it is important to understand that this will be a long term project and greatly depends on a suitable funding option being available.”
Green Flag awards
Once again, three Hastings parks have won coveted Green Flag awards which means they have been judged to be welcoming, healthy, safe and secure, clean and well-maintained, sustainable and well-managed. They also pay particular attention to conservation and heritage, community involvement and providing information for visitors. Our Country Park, St Leonards Gardens and Alexandra Park were all successful. You can read more here.
Ore Community Land Trust AGM
OCLT held its Annual General Meeting on 23rd July. Chair, Tony Polain, explained that, now Speckled Wood has been saved from development, the Trust needs to change from a lobbying group to one that can own land and develop its vision for a community woodland. Work is underway to change its legal status to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation. Once this has been achieved, they will be in a position to take over Council-owned land and land that has been compulsorily purchased by the Council. Tributes were also paid to Ian Sier who is moving away after spearheading the campaign to save Speckled Wood for nearly 10 years. It was good to see new people coming forward to join the committee.
Second Great Survey
A magical three-day theatre show will take place up on Ladies’ Parlour at the Castle this September, inspired by Hastings and performed by Hastingers. Could you be one of them? It is inspired by the Domesday Book of 1086, a manuscript record of the ‘Great Survey’ of England and Wales. But whereas the first Great Survey focused on the country’s physical wealth in terms of land, livestock and other possessions, this one will focus on the town’s greatest riches: its people and communities. WildWorks, the international theatre company behind the project, are looking for 50 local residents to take part. To register your interest, contact Stella Landau on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01424 451363.
The Root1066 brochure with details of all the events planned for the rest of the year is now available from the Tourist Information Centre and on the website.
Play Days in the Park
Organised by the Council’s Play Hastings team, Play Days in the Park will take place in Alexandra Park on 27 July and 3 August from 10:30 to 15:30. Cllr Dawn Poole, the council’s lead member for leisure and play said: “There’s always plenty of free play and sports activities on offer for children of all ages and there’s no need to book just turn up and have fun – Why not bring a picnic and stay all day!”
July Council meeting
At the July meeting of the Full Council, two motions were approved. The first was to support local pharmacies and the excellent work they do in the face of drastic cuts by the Government which are likely to prevent them from providing some services. Richard spoke on this reporting the concerns of our Ore pharmacists. The second motion condemned discrimination in the light of a recent rise in hate crimes following the referendum result. It outlined the work already done and how it will continue repeating the late Jeremy Birch’s mantra “One Hastings, Many Voices”. You can read the full text here.
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