Old Hastings report (January 2016)

Roadworks and improvements

After years of putting pressure on ESCC to improve the road and pavement in the High Street work will finally start on 1st February. The work will include the introduction of a new footpath between George Street towards Swan Terrace, widening and repaving the footway at the East Parade/High Street junction. The work is scheduled to last eight weeks and it will necessitate the closure of part of the High Street for some of this time. Local councillors have worked with ESCC to make sure that a banksman will be in place at all times to deal with any problems and to allow for some deliveries to businesses affected by the works. The work has been timed to finish before Easter and in consultation with local traders who opted for the work to be delayed rather than rush it before christmas. Further work will be undertaken at a later date at the bottom of the High Street but we don’t know the dates yet as ESCC are changing the contractors they use for the work.

Butler’s Gap

The Russian Vine hanging down the back of Butler’s Gap was inadvertently removed by some rather ‘enthusiastic’ electrical contractors who were only supposed to clear enough to enable maintenance of the lights. We have been told that it should regrow fairly quickly but HBC does have a commitment that, if it doesn’t, the contractors will contribute to replanting. Following the loss of one of the Ash trees in the Gap, it has been decided to remove and replace the other trees at the same time the missing Ash will be replaced as they are both at risk of disease. The Council’s tree officer will consult with interested parties on the possible type of trees that could be planted and the new trees will be planted in November 2016, the next planting season.

Reporting fly tipping/dog mess/missed bins

The fastest way to get things like fly tipping moved or a missed bin collected is to use the Council’s online reporting system here. This means the request goes immediately to the contractors but just as importantly helps Council officers track where problems are. Dog mess is a constant problem with irresponsible owners not clearing up or picking up then throwing the bag into undergrowth or someone’s garden. Whilst the number of street wardens has reduced as a result of the huge cut to the Council’s income, the street wardens can and do issue on the spot penalties and, if you have information about specific dog walkers (time and location), they will attempt to catch the culprits. If you do not have online access then, please phone the Council instead (01424 451066).

Fish fairs

Following the success of the three fish fairs last year (seafood and wine, herring fair and the midsummer fish festival) they will all take place again in 2016.

Doctors’ surgery

To date most of the feedback to the local surgery’s plans to relocate to the Ice House (on Rock-a-Nore Road) have been positive. Any location within the Old Town is going to be challenging and we will use it to put further pressure on ESCC to improve the standard of the pavement and road along there as it is already inadequate. There will need to be a planning application for a change of use as the building they want to relocate to currently has permission to be a hotel so it will be a few months before the application is made and decided.

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