Ore Ward report (December 2016)
Rye Road high bank
In October we reported that residents of the high bank above Rye Road had been instructed by AmicusHorizon not to park their cars on the grass verge at the top of the bank. We met the responsible officer from AmicusHorizon recently and discussed the problems and different options to resolve them. There are several problems: a) the verge is churned up by vehicles and looks unsightly; b) parked vehicles obstruct contractors trying to cut the grass on the bank and c) the risk of vehicles falling off the bank onto the carriageway below. One obvious solution would be to make the verge safe for parking with a safety barrier and matting surface but this would involve significant costs which would probably have to be borne by residents. Many properties along the bank have already converted their front gardens to provide off-street parking so would be unlikely to agree to contribute to this. Amicus intend to arrange a meeting with those concerned to discuss a way forward. One thing we could all agree on is that the road along the bank should be one way. This has been suggested in the past but not acted on. Michael is contacting the Highway Authority to start the process which will involve consultation with residents and other users.
Each year, Ore has its own Remembrance Sunday service at Christchurch in Old London Road to commemorate those who have given their lives in the defence of our country. Each year we both attend as representatives of the local community. Richard was honoured to be invited to participate in the proceedings by reading Psalm 121. As Michael was working that day, he could only drop in during a break for the Two-Minute Silence. The Council’s wardens ensured that barriers were placed in the road in front of the war memorial to keep participants safe but we were all disappointed that, although a police car and 2 officers, were present, they made no attempt to stop the traffic as has happened in previous years so traffic noise continued throughout the Silence. We have since received an apology from the Neighbourhood Policing Inspector with the assurance the event will be properly covered in future.
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Hastings advises Parliament
In October, the Council’s Parks and Open Spaces Manager, Murray Davidson, who is also Vice-Chair of the Association of Local Government Ecologists was invited to give evidence to the Parliamentary Select Committee on the implications for the natural environment of leaving the EU. He was able to refer to the experience of how Hastings Country Park and its farm have been managed over the past 16 years by the Council integrating farming and nature conservation management. The EU’s Common Agricultural Policy, he feels, has been centred on agriculture to the detriment of the environment. He said: “We feel that this [Brexit] is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reset that balance and change it so that we have an environmental policy of which agriculture is a part.” You can read the full transcript of the meeting here.
When icy conditions are forecast the Highway Authority will grit all primary routes first. They grit 42% of the roads in East Sussex. This is all A and B roads and some C roads. They give priority to the C roads leading to hospitals, fire, ambulance and police stations, bus and railway stations, most main shopping areas and schools and difficult sites (very steep hills, etc)
Gritters follow detailed, planned routes. Sometimes a gritter may be moving but not putting down any salt because it is travelling to the start of the route, in order to complete its route, because it has to travel along roads which are not part of that route or it has finished and is returning to the depot.
The latest weather forecasting technology is used to decide when roads need to be gritted. This can often be different to other forecasts such as those on the television or radio. They aim to grit the roads before frost and ice are formed by freezing temperatures. Rain or snow can wash salt away, so they try to grit after rain has passed but before the road surface freezes. Where possible, they avoid the morning and evening rush hours. Gritting decisions are made at least once a day, sometimes more in colder weather. A map on the ESCC website shows which roads fall into the different categories.
• primary gritting routes: The Ridge, Winchelsea Road, Rye Road, Rock Lane, Fairlight Road, Saxon Road, Harold Road
• secondary gritting routes: Churchill Avenue, Middle Road, Brightling Avenue, Crowborough Road, Beacon Road.
If there is heavy snow which prevents refuse collections, Hastings Council’s contractors will clear pavements in the Ore Village shopping area. Residents should clear snow from pavements in front of their properties to make life easier for themselves and their neighbours. There is no risk of legal action for doing this.
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 will be at the
Ore Community Centre, 455 Old London Road. Details can be found here.
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