Ore ward report (August 2017)

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Country Park retains its Green Flag

Once again, Hastings Country Park was been awarded the Green Flag which recognises and rewards well managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of recreational outdoor spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world. The scheme is administered by Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Department for Communities and Local Government. Both Alexandra Park and St Leonards Gardens also retained the award. Public parks and gardens are vital to both the mental and physical well-being of those of us who live in towns and we are delighted that the hard work of our Council officers, contractors and volunteers has been recognised once again. (The photo shows Richard with volunteers and staff from the Council’s contractors Idverde.)

Big Local Small Grants Scheme

Round 1 of the Big Local’s Small Grants Scheme has been launched. Constituted groups, charities and social enterprises can apply for grants of up to £1066 for activities that contribute the priorities of the North-East Hastings Resident-Led Partnership: by 2024, North East Hastings will be a GREAT place to

  • Grow up in,
  • Raise a family,
  • Enjoy Life and keep well,
  • Advance in years,
  • Train, learn and earn a living
  • >

In addition the panel will look favourably on applications that:

  • Involve volunteers (resident in the BL area) in the delivery of the project.
  • Promote awareness of Big Local and encourage resident participation
  • Deliver matched funding (cash or in kind) as part of the overall project budget.

The deadline for applications is Monday 21 August 2017. You can find more information on the Big Local North-East Hastings website.

Blocked footpaths cleared

Following complaints from local residents, we persuaded East Sussex Public Rights of Way to clear footpath PROW Hastings 330 that runs between the back gardens of Fairlight Avenue and Fairlight Road.

East Sussex Highways cut back the hedge along the narrow footpath on Old London Road between Grove Road and Ore library following our intervention. Pedestrians had been forced to walk in the road to avoid the overgrown hedge.

Vent pipes

There are a number of vent pipes around the town which are the responsibility of Southern Water. Many of them have been in a very poor condition with peeling paint and rust for years. We have been working with Council officers over the years to get Southern Water to take responsibility and sort them out. One on The Ridge was removed, the one in Manhattan Gardens was repaired and repainted a while ago and now the remaining one, at the top of Lords Lane, where Fairlight Avenue and Canute Road meet has been sorted out. We think that makes the full set in Ore but do let us know if there are others we may have missed. Photo on the left is before and the right is the same pipe after treatment.

309-311 Harold Road

The latest news on this eyesore is that the Council’s Grotbusters met with the agent for the site owner in June. Some tidying of the grounds had taken place. The agent will be instructing planning consultants to bring forward a scheme for demolition and redevelopment of the site. The timescale given was within 8 weeks – so early August 2017. We will keep an eye on this until the site is returned to an acceptable condition.

Summer Reading Challenge

School summer holidays can be a challenging time for parents of young children. East Sussex Libraries have a solution to help with their boredom, maintain reading skills and offer a lot of fun.
The Summer Reading Challenge is an important annual event for the library service. It’s run by The Reading Agency and is supported by local authorities nationwide through local libraries. The aim is to ensure that primary school children continue to read through the summer holidays, as evidence has shown that this helps children to maintain literacy levels during the long summer break. To promote the challenge our librarian team visit schools in the summer term and host assemblies to engage with children. To take part in the Summer Reading Challenge, children need to register at any East Sussex library and read 6 books during the summer break. Names of children finishing this year’s SRC will be entered into a prize draw to win a Kobo e-reader tablet (kindly donated by Kobo and Overdrive).
You can find out more here.

Recordings of all public Council meetings can now be found on the Council’s website.

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?
All meetings will be at the
Ore Community Centre, 455 Old London Road. Details can be found here.

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