Ore Ward report March 2018

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Country Park Visitor Centre

At long last work has started on the new Visitor Centre at Hastings Country Park. It has been talked about for as long as most people can remember. Plans were approved just under 3 years ago and work has now started on preparing the ground for the foundations. There have been interesting archaeological finds already including a medieval bracelet and some Stone Age flints. The foundations will consist of used tyres and the building will be constructed from straw bales – one of the first public buildings in the UK to use straw bale technology. Much of the funding comes from the European Union’s Interreg UP-straw (Urban and Public Buildings in Straw), a project which also involves partners from Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium, More information can be found here. Construction work is due to begin in the summer.

Christ Church transformation

The team at Christ Church in Ore Village unveiled plans to transform the church and its adjacent hall at a well-attended event in the church on 24th February. The plans involve removing the pews and installing a level floor with underfloor heating. At the west end would be a kitchen, toilets and a crèche. A family room would replace the current vestry. The current hall would be demolished and replaced with a new building on two levels including 2 halls on the ground floor separated by a kitchen. There would also be an office and toilets. At a lower level would be the pre-school with access to a secure outside area. The main entrance would be in the new building on Old London Road with access to the church through the vestry. The aim is to make it much more part of the wider Ore community with opportunities for many more events and activities than the present buildings allow. They are keen to hear the views of all local residents on the plans. Before any of this can happen funding will need to be found and planning permission obtained.

Ore Village litter pick

Saturday 3rd March is Great British Spring Clean Day and Ore Village is again taking part. It’s being organised by Matthew Barden of Winchester’s so come along at 10:00 at Winchester’s in Old London Road. Bring your own gloves.



Sandown School Pool

Unfortunately the school has had to accept that the money is not available to replace its now-demolished pool with a modern, community pool. Richard was part of a working group which looked at a number of options but the cheapest would have cost at least £1million. Sports bodies, both national and local, as well as the local councils fully supported the idea but the money has not been forthcoming despite great efforts from all involved including the specialist consultants. Money raised by the PTFA will now be allocated to other sport-related projects which have yet to be determined. This is very sad as the area really needs much better sports facilities.

Big Local North East Hastings

Big Local North East Hastings is currently considering applications to provide two separate services within the themes of “Advance in Years” and “Raise a Family”. These themes form part of the vision for North East Hastings shown in the Action Plan and in the background section of the commissioning specifications. The former aims to help older residents to use tablets in order to communicate with friends and family via social media, email, etc. and to access services online. The latter to deliver free, weekly play sessions over a 12 month period. Both will take place within the local area. You can find more information here.

Tackling litter at Down Farm

Litter including fly-tipping has long been a problem on the Down Farm estate. Mattresses and other large items are just dumped beside bins and the grassed areas are often covered with litter. We met with senior council officers last week to discuss these concerns. The problem seems to be not just people littering the area but contractors Kier and landowners Optivo not doing their respective jobs properly and Hastings Council’s officers are having to chase them up at every turn.
Michael said “We know residents are sick and tired of seeing litter around the blocks in Brightling Avenue, Crowborough Road and Ditchling Drive. The housing association and waste collection firm must begin to work together and start regular litter picks. No more excuses. This needs to happen weekly. We will fight hard to make this happen.”

Don’t forget that you can report issues for which Hastings Council is responsible on the website 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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Hastings and Rye Labour