Ore ward report (September 2016)

Tree Coppicing at Brakey Bank

sycamore01The Council’s contractors are to start coppicing mature seed-bearing sycamore trees in Brakey Bank in the Country Park in September. The sycamore trees will be cut close to the base, removed from site and the timber sold. The money from the sale will be used to fund further management tasks. Only sycamore is being coppiced. Coppicing is a traditional system of woodland management that allows cut trees to regrow with multiple stems. After a few years, these thinner stems can be cut again and used for posts and other products. Cutting trees in this way opens up the woodland, allows more light in and encourages a greater diversity of woodland flora. The open areas provide valuable habitats for woodland birds and butterflies. Brakey Bank has one of the most spectacular displays of bluebells in the Nature Reserve. Reducing mature trees will allow more bluebells to flourish and flower in spring.

Rock Lane Play Area

Two years ago, we reported on the delight of residents in Rock Lane that
AmicusHorizon had installed 3 picnic benches in the play area. Unfortunately these have now been removed followed repeated vandalism and disturbance caused to local residents by young people gathering there during the evening and late into the night. The police have also visited the site a number of times in the evenings and made arrests for possession of cannabis and intent to supply cannabis. AmicusHorizon will review the situation in 3 months. This underlines two real problems in the Red Lake area: lack of safe play space for children and the total absence of constructive activities for young people.

Big Local Summer Fun Day

Fun Day Aug 2016 (8)Nearly 400 people came along to this event on Saturday 27th August. The sun shone, there were lots of activities for all the family to try and many people shared their views on what Big Local North East Hastings has achieved so far and suggested ideas for future projects to improve the area. Ore Community Land Trust, Heart of Hastings Land Trust, the 4 Centres CIC, Conservation Trust Volunteers and many others shared information about their various projects. There were also more physical activities for young and old alike taking advantage of Sandown’s extensive playing fields. Local choir, Oresome Sounds, entertained.

Healthy Neighbourhood Scheme (HENS)

This is a scheme to bring together those in the Ore Valley who need a little help with day-to-day tasks and those who have a little spare time and would like to help. It is co-ordinated by the 4 Centres CIC and funded by the local NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, Sussex Community Foundation and Big Local North East Hastings. To find out more email fourcentres@outlook.com or phone 07507408097 or ask at any of the 4 community centres.

ore_together_colourWe 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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