You will know by now that Richard was re-elected to Hastings Borough Council in the elections held on 5th May. He thanks all those who voted for him especially those who helped in the election campaign.
The result was:
- Street (Lab) 512 (43.2%)
- Loe (Con) 414 (34.9%)
- Millar (UK Ind) 166 (14.0%)
- Bowers (Green) 64 (5.4%)
- Tudgay (Lib Dem) 29 (2.4%)
The turnout was a mere 34.7% which, although better than in some wards, is pitiful. This was the first time UKIP and Greens have stood in recent years and they took a sizeable chunk of the Labour vote which fell from 57% in both 2012 and 2014 leaving a majority of just 98 over the Tories. A lot more work will be needed if we are to hold both Ore seats in 2018. Elsewhere in the Borough, Labour candidates not only held their seats but most increased their majorities once again giving a lie to the media view that Labour is currently unelectable.
The Annual Council meeting took place at St Mary-in-the-Castle on 18th May. Judy Rogers was elected Mayor and Nigel Sinden, Deputy Mayor. With Labour retaining its large majority (24 – 8), there was no change in the other positions of responsibility; Richard remains Chair of the Planning Committee. Michael remains on the Planning Committee and is also on the Overview & Scrutiny Committee. The photo shows Judy and Nigel with outgoing Mayor, Bruce Dowling.
You can’t have failed to notice that we get the chance to vote in the referendum on our continued membership of the EU on 23rd June. The appalling conduct of the national campaign which seems to be more about promoting fear and personal insults than shedding light on the issues may put many off from voting. We are both strongly on the Remain side. There are many things wrong with the EU but the only way to change them is to remain a member. It is thanks to the EU that our bathing water is cleaner than ever, that we can afford to maintain our Country Park and that workers are entitled to a whole raft of benefits including paid leave. Free movement means we all have the right to live, work and study in any of the 28 member countries. We do not want to risk losing these and many other achievements of the last 40 years by leaving. Of course, you may have a different view but we encourage you to use your vote.
The Council’s Grotbusters are famous across the country for the work they do compelling property owners to maintain their buildings in a respectable condition. They don’t only deal with properties on the sea front and in the Town Centre. Recently we have asked them to take on 309-11 Harold Road following complaints from neighbours about the poor condition of the properties. Let’s hope the owners fulfil their responsibilities without the Council needing to take legal action against them which will result in a substantial fine.
The former Shellgate Day Centre next to the Ore Community Centre was sold at auction recently. The new owners have agreed that the Ore Community Centre can use it for the time being and a project to establish it as a Men’s Shed has started. The project is led by Oasis Community Project based in Chiltern Drive, the Ore Community Centre and Big Local who say: “The shed idea came from Australia and there are now hundreds across the UK. The men’s shed can be whatever the group want it to be, but most Men’s sheds operate for a meeting place for men (mostly older retired men) to have a chat, drink tea and coffee, make things out of wood, repair things, pass on your skills and maybe put the world to right!”
If you want to find out more, contact [email protected] or Mags at the Ore Centre. You can also visit the website.
Don’t forget you can report problems with Hastings Council services including missed bin collections, dog mess, fly-tipping, etc. via the website or the MyHastings app.
You can report any problems with Highways to East Sussex County Council via FixMyStreet.
The Great Survey of Hastings
As part of the Root 1066 Festival, Wild Works, an international theatre company, has been incited to create a work inspired by the Domesday Book. They say: “Our modern take on The Great Survey will explore the present ‘wealth’ of Hastings, namely yourselves, you are the creative wealth of the town; we want to capture a snapshot of who is in Hastings now. WildWorks exists to discover the memories and values of people and place and create extraordinary emotional experiences and adventures from them.” If you would like to contribute, let them know your availability in the week 13-17 June by contacting Charlie Bunker 07790905740, email: [email protected], website.
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In 2016 all meetings will be at the
Ore Community Centre, 455 Old London Road. Details can be found here.
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