Ore ward report (July 2016)
Although we are disappointed with the result, we have to live with it and do whatever we can to ensure a positive future. Nothing will change for some time as we remain an EU member until formal processes are completed. The Council has received considerable EU funding over many years and is now reviewing the impact this will have on future bids including a bid for a £5million Community-Led Local Development grant which would benefit Ore among other deprived parts of the Borough. Groundwork South, the Council’s partner in the new Visitor Centre at the Country Park is working on a submission for funding to the EU’s Interreg programme; the programme secretariat is very supportive of the bid and has asked for the final application by December. We don’t know how Brexit will affect this.
County Council Highways has now produced the design for the puffin crossing to replace the zebra outside the school on The Ridge and are consulting neighbouring residents on the detailed scheme. It involves moving the crossing a few metres to the west to avoid driveways. Both pedestrian and vehicle entrances to the school will also be moved: vehicle access will be where the current zebra is and pedestrian access slightly east of the present one. The designs are supported by the school, petitioner and both of us. Work is likely to take 4-6 weeks so will take place during the summer of 2017. In the meantime the badly faded markings of the existing crossing will be refreshed. If you would like to see the detailed design, please contact us. Consultation runs until 15th July.
Speckled Wood Celebration Event
On Saturday 25th June, Ore Community Land Trust organised a very successful event to celebrate the achievement of protected status for the Wood. It was very well attended with a host of activities for all the family both in the Salvation Army Hall, on the adjacent green and in the wood itself.
Rye Road rubbish
For a long time, the Council’s refuse contractors seem to have ignored the high bank on Rye Road and the section leading to Ore Village Primary Academy (OVPA) just dealing with the main road. These sections are the main route to and from school of hundreds of children many of whom seem to drop litter as they eat their breakfast on the way. Richard attended a meeting with the Council’s officer responsible called by a local resident. He agreed that the situation was unacceptable even though there was far less litter than is often the case. He agreed to a number of measures to improve the situation which we and local residents will monitor closely.
Grant for Country Park
Council officers have been successful in an application for a grant to the Lund Fund for management works at the Country Park. £8,400 has been awarded towards replanting a native hedge; spreading heather seed gathered from Ashdown Forest to help regenerate coastal heath habitat and spreading ‘green hay’ on pasture fields, collected from Marline Valley Reserve.
Country Park Greenway
The Hastings Greenway Group is now promoting the route of the Greenway across the Country Park. As you are probably aware this is a safe, all weather, erosion resistant walking surface that would allow access for all ages and abilities and would form part of the National Cycle Network. The proposed route goes from the top of the East Hill lift to Rocklands Lane, Barley Lane, along the field boundary to Warren Cottage and the Visitor Centre. Hastings Borough Council owns all the land involved and the route is part of the Walking & Cycling Strategy which has been adopted by both Hastings and East Sussex councils. Ian Sier will be coming along to the August Ore Together to explain and discuss the project.
Order of 1066 Award
Every year on Hastings Day (14th October) a local resident is awarded the Order of 1066 to recognise and honour a person who has rendered outstanding service to the town and its inhabitants in a voluntary capacity. Any individual or organisation can submit one nomination. Preference will be given to those with a record of voluntary service to the community and people of the Borough of Hastings over a considerable period of time. Elected councillors and Council employees are not eligible. Nominations must be received by Sarah Crosby in the Mayor’s Office no later than 19th August. You can contact us for full details.
Root 1066 Volunteers
ROOT1066 International Arts Festival which aims to showcase Hastings and 1066 Country through a programme of high quality arts and culture is looking for volunteers to get involved with a variety of festival events this autumn, supporting the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. You’ll need to be over 17, own a smartphone, like being part of the action and getting involved and available during September and October for several events and possibly some Stade Saturdays during the summer. If you’d like to volunteer and get involved in ROOT1066, email email@example.com by Friday, 1 July with your name, age and mobile phone number.
Are you a little bit crafty?
As part of the Big Local North East Hastings GIANT fun day in August they are planning to host a craft fair with individuals and groups who create lovely things for folk to purchase. From Books to Baking, Cakes to Candles, Soap to Sewing or anything else, they’d love to offer them the opportunity of a FREE pitch at the end of August. If you or anyone you know might be interested email Jan.Papworth@orbit.org.uk or message them via Facebook
Ore Healthy Walks
These walks start from the Ore Centre every Saturday at 10:30am and follow the shortest of the Ore Trails taking about an hour. It’s a great chance to meet other local residents and enjoy some healthy, not too strenuous, exercise. The walks are organised and led by The Conservation Volunteers.
You can report problems with Hastings Council services including missed bin collections, dog mess, fly-tipping, etc. here or via the MyHastings app.
You can report any problems with Highways to East Sussex County Council here. ww.FixMyStreet.com
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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