Ore Ward report (November 2016)

King’s Head redevelopment

kings-head-flatsA planning application has now been submitted to demolish the King’s Head pub on Rye Road and build a 3-storey block of 15 two-bedroom flats with 20 off road parking spaces. According to the plans, the building will be 1.3 metres higher than the pub it replaces. This is an artist’s impression of what the new building would look like. You can see the plans and make your comments whether, for or against the application, on the website.

1066 Big Energy Saving Week

The week beginning 30th October has been designated Energy Saving Week and Energise Sussex Coast alongside Hastings Borough Council, AmicusHorizon, Citizen’s Advice, Seaview and Royal Voluntary Service have organised daily drop-in sessions from 1st to 5th November at Christchurch, Old London Road at the following times: Tues 11-3pm, Weds-Fri 9-11am/2:30-4pm and Sat 9-12noon. Anybody can drop in with their fuel bills and seek advice on how to reduce them over a cup of coffee. The project is part of the Climate Active Neighbourhoods project funded by the European Union’s Interreg North West Europe fund.

Herring Fair

herringfair-2016Hastings’ year of festivals continues with the 5th annual Herring Fair taking place once again on the Stade Open Space over the weekend of 5th and 6th November. Admission is free and the event is under cover featuring stalls showcasing herring cooking and smoking along with local beer, wine, vegetarian options and other produce. Billingsgate Seafood Training School will be hosting cooking sessions and there will be demonstrations from a local forager. Herring caught by Hastings fishers is MSC accredited which means that only the most sustainable methods are used. Throughout Europe, the herring is highly rated but it has fallen from favour in the UK. There will also be music and entertainment.

Michael to stand down as County Councillor

mw-in-uniformWhen elections for East Sussex County Council take place next May, Michael will not be defending his seat. He has decided to concentrate on his new job as a community nurse. He will continue as Hastings Borough Councillor until the elections in May 2018 when all 32 councillors are up for election. Kim Forward has been selected by Branch members to stand in his place.

Changes to library opening hours

ore-libraryFrom Monday 28th November libraries in East Sussex will be open less frequently, following a public consultation.
East Sussex County Council says: “The reduction in opening hours will save around £500,000 a year from library running costs, toward an overall savings target from the service of £2 million. Most of the changes have happened when libraries are less busy. All libraries will be open on a Saturday and many will stay open until 6pm on a Thursday.”
Ore library’s new hours will be as follows:
Monday: Closed; Tuesday: 12.30pm – 5pm; Wednesday: 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm; Thursday: Closed; Friday: 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm; Saturday: 10am to 1pm.

October Council meeting

The Full Council meeting held on 26th October was a bit of a marathon council-chamber-01-copylasting 3¼ hours. 4 motions were debated and the public gallery was full to bursting with 40 students and members of the WASPI campaign. The first called for changes to the Council’s procurement procedures to ensure that only companies that pay their fair share of tax are considered for contracts. This was agreed unanimously. The second was the one mentioned last month (WASPI) calling for the Government to make fair transition arrangements for those women born in the early 1950s affected by changes to their pension entitlement without proper notice. This was agreed by all except one Tory councillor who voted against as he felt that men had been discriminated against over pensions ever since they were first introduced. The third called for action to stop irresponsible and dangerous parking outside schools. Michael seconded the motion and Richard also spoke in support of it. This was carried unanimously. The final motion was to support the placing of a blue plaque in memory of Claude Nunney, the only First World War soldier born in Hastings to receive the Victoria Cross. This was also agreed unanimously. We also discussed many other items including the highly successful Root 1066 festival, the planning service, cleaning contracts, final accounts and coastal medium term plans. The agenda containing the full text of the motions can be found here.

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?
In 2016 all meetings will be at the
Ore Community Centre, 455 Old London Road. Details can be found here.

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