Ore Ward report February 2018

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Ore Library

The petition to save Ore library from closure proposed by East Sussex County Council was handed in as the consultation closed in December. It contained 1530 signatures leaving the Cabinet in no doubt about the strength of feeling. Just before the deadline, Richard did a number of media interviews including live on Danny Pike’s BBC Radio Sussex show, recorded on MoreRadio and on ITV Meridian with veteran broadcaster, Fred Dinenage. The final decision will be made in March so there is still time to influence Cabinet member. The Save Ore Library website suggests what you can do.

Council Budgets

It’s that time of year when councils at all levels of local government are preparing their budgets for the new financial year. The Council Tax you pay is made up of 4 parts: 73% goes to East Sussex County Council, 14% to Hastings Borough Council, 8% to the Police and 5% to the Fire & Rescue Service. Hastings Council is proposing an increase of 2.99%. Consultation on the Hastings budget ends on 9th February. You can find the details and comment online.
East Sussex County Council is proposing to increase its share of Council Tax by 2.99% and the Adult Social Care precept by 3%. The Fire and Rescue Service is expected to agree an increase of 2.94%. The Police & Crime Commissioner is proposing an increase of 7.8%.

Closure of Malvern Way

The Highway Authority will be closing Malvern Way from The Ridge to Parker Road for 9 nights from 26th February. This is to allow for “carriageway jointing works”. A diversion will be indicated via The Ridge, St Helens Down and Pilot Road.


The MyHastings app has now been relaunched in a much more user-friendly format allowing you to report just about anything for which Hastings Council is responsible including dog mess, fly-tipping, street litter, missed bin collection and overflowing street bins. If you create an account, you can also check your personal Council Tax account, Housing Benefit, refuse collection days and much much more. Eyecatching adverts like these are appearing all around town and on social media.

Christ Church,Ore

Local vicar, Lee Duckett, and his team at Christ Church in Old London Road are looking at ways to improve the church building and the adjacent hall and make it much more part of the wider community. They are holding a public consultation on the proposals at the church hall on Saturday 24th February from 11:00am to 2:00pm and would welcome as many local residents as possible to look at and comment on their plans.

Ore Community Shop

Ore Community Centre has plans to open a community shop which would supply basic food and other household essentials to local residents in need at very low prices. In the first instance, 50 families could join the club and be entitled to a set number of items at minimal cost. Items would be provided by the Sussex Fareshare food distribution scheme supplemented by unused food from local supermarkets and Dom’s Food Mission If they obtain the necessary funding, a pilot will operate from the café after it closes at 3:30pm.

309-311 Harold Road

This eyesore has blighted the area for many years and we have reported the attempts by the Council’s Grotbuster team to sort it out. A number of planning applications have been received and permission granted over the years but all permissions are now out of date. The owner’s agent will be submitting a planning application for the site very shortly and we hope it won’t be long before the problem is resolved.

Down Farm Community Centre

Down Farm Community Centre continues to host a variety of events and activities. Every Wednesday until 28th March, there are FREE “Time to Unwind sessions” for the whole family from 15:30-16:30 – “fun and creative activities including storytelling, drumming, mindfulness and much more” they say. Last week was Big Energy Saving Week and there are regular dance, fitness and cooking sessions as well as Breakfast Club every Friday from 9:00 to 10:30. Find out details on their Facebook page. If you shop in Tesco’s, you can help by dropping your blue tokens into the Downs Farm slot in the Bags of Help display.

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

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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