Ore Ward report (December 2017)
If you would like to discuss any of the items below or to sign up for our monthly email report, please contact Cllrs Richard Street and Michael Wincott
A Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year to all our readers
Welcome to Rye Bakery
When Earl’s Bakery closed its doors a few months ago, many residents feared the arrival of yet another hot food takeaway. This has not happened and we are pleased to welcome Rye Bakery to the Village.
King’s Head – decision at last!
At the November Planning Committee meeting, the application to demolish the redundant pub and build 12 flats was granted permission unanimously. The recording is on the link below, part one starting at 1:11:00. At the meeting, Richard asked the developer to retain the name of The King’s Head for the new block.
The future of this rapidly deteriorating site is now secure and work should start without further delay. Given the national housing crisis, it is important that brownfield sites such as this are developed for housing reducing the pressure to build on the greenfield sites we all want to protect.
Invisible Fencing at Firehills
Those who have walked across the Firehills recently may have noticed that a trench has been dug and cabling installed; this is to allow for the installation of “invisible fencing” so that our cattle can graze this area for around 4 weeks in autumn starting next year. This comes under the Higher Level Stewardship Scheme funded by the European Union which requires us to restore and maintain coastal habitats to the highest environmental standards.
The cattle will wear collars that give them an auditory signal if they go within a certain distance of the cable. The auditory signal intensifies as they get closer. As a last resort, if they ignore the auditory signal, they will receive a small electric stimulus. The stimulus is less than 2% of that allowed on traditional electric fences in the countryside. They do not receive a shock as per electric fences! The cattle will be trained in a separate field away from the public next summer and by the time they are on the Firehills they will be trained to respond to the auditory stimulus. No dogs or people will be adversely affected. The ponies will not be part of the invisible fencing project and will not be put out onto the Firehills. Sadly, vandals have taken to ripping up the cable so it has been removed for the time being. This has, of course, been reported to the police.
Big Local North East Hastings
The Big Local Resident-Led Partnership (of which Richard is a resident member) continues to invest the £1 million of National Lottery funding in the area which includes much of Ore ward as well as parts of Tressell and Baird wards. They funded numerous activities over the summer and have provided the funding for Christmas events at Down Farm Community Centre and Ore Community Centre as well as The Bridge and Broomgrove Centres. Full details of these are on the respective Facebook pages. They have also agreed a grant to Ore Community Land Trust to establish a base on land in Church Street (near the Clifton Road junction) which is being transferred to them from Hastings Council and a Volunteer project. They are now looking at a number of other projects that meet their aim to make the area a great place to grow up, raise a family, enjoy life, advance in years and train, learn and earn a living.
A new planning application has been submitted by Blackbrooks Garden Centre to redevelop the former Hare & Hounds pub and adjoining car sales yard at 381-391 Old London Road and build a block of 14 one- and two- bedroom flats with 3 retail units at ground floor level. It will include 18 parking spaces. If you want to see more details and comment on the proposals here.
When icy conditions are forecast the Highway Authority will grit all primary routes first. 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 or from the start of the route and it has to travel along roads which are not part of that route. The latest weather forecasting technology is used to decide when roads need to be gritted. This can often be different from 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 on the website.
• 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 and traders 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 have both decided not to stand for re-election at next May’s Hastings Borough Council elections. Local members have selected Andrew Battley and Heather Bishop to stand in our places and we look forward to working with them over the coming months to ensure the Labour presence continues in Ore.
Missing bin update
A couple of months ago we reported that the bin outside Ore Village Primary Academy had been removed at the request of the school. We were misinformed. It is one of a number of bins across the town that have been stolen! It will be replaced shortly.
Down Farm Community Centre
There are lots of things happening in December at Down Farm Community Centre including Street Games for Girls aged 13 to 16 every Thursday, Family Cooking on Wednesdays, Christmas Community café on Saturdays 9th and 16th, Christmas Dinner on Sunday 17th and Christmas Party on Saturday 23rd. To find out more, go to their Facebook page.
The Residents’ Association meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 2pm. All residents of Brightling Avenue, Crowborough Road, Firle Close and Ditchling Drive are welcome.
The campaign to save our library from the County Council axe continues. The consultation ends on 14th December so you still have time to make your voice heard either online or paper at any library. The paper petition collected over 1500 signatures and the online one a further 168. There will be a demonstration from supporters of all the 7 threatened libraries at County Hall on 12th December. A decision isn’t expected until March. If you want to find out more, go to the website or Save Ore Library group on Facebook.
Parks win awards for innovation
We’ve just been informed that Hastings Country Park and Alexandra Park have received special awards for innovation. The awards are for the conservation grazing project at the Country Park and the natural waterways project at Alexandra Park. This is, of course, the result of the fantastic work of the Council’s staff and contractors.
Don’t forget that you can report issues for which Hastings Council is responsible at www.hastings.gov.uk or the MyHastings app on a smartphone and East Sussex County Council (mainly highways) at www.eastsussex.gov.uk Doing it yourself, saves time in resolving the problem.
Recordings of all public Council meetings can now be found on the Council’s website
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.