Ore ward report (October 2017)

If you would like to discuss any of the items below or to sign up for our monthly email report, please contact Cllrs Richard Street and Michael Wincott

Ore library faces closure

At the Cabinet meeting on 19th September, East Sussex County Council agreed to consult on a proposal to close 7 of the County’s 24 libraries including Ore in order to save £653,000. It costs a total of £15,000 a year to run Ore library. The consultation runs until 14th December. Ore has been chosen because, they claim, it is within 20 minutes by car or 30 minutes by public transport from two other libraries – Hastings Central and Hollington – and an “outreach” service could be provided at East Hastings Children’s Centre in Chiltern Drive.
We are totally opposed to this. Ore library serves two of the most deprived estates in the country (Down Farm and Broomgrove) many of whose residents do not own a car and could not afford the bus fare to either Hastings town centre or Hollington. For many older residents, it is a vital link to the outside world not just to borrow books but to chat with the staff who are always friendly and helpful. Another justification for the closure is the “enhancement” of the eLibrary service but many residents only have access to the internet via the computers in the library so how will this help them? Further, many services including claiming benefits and seeking jobs can only be done online.
Our fire station was threatened with closure a few years ago and massive local opposition backed up by strong arguments stopped it. Our public toilets were threatened with closure earlier this year and we stopped that, too. Let’s hope we can do the same with this outrageous proposal.
We have started a public Facebook group, Save Ore Library, for people to share their reasons for saving the library and experiences of using it.
If you agree, please sign the petition at the Ore Community Centre, Broomgrove Community Centre or one of the shops in Ore Village or Malvern Way or online at It is also important to complete the official consultation either online or paper at any library.

Down Farm rubbish

The Down Farm area has long been plagued with rubbish including fly-tipping.
Richard accompanied the Council’s waste officer and staff from Optivo Housing Association for a walkabout to see what could be done to alleviate the problems. As luck would have it, there was very little rubbish on the streets, but we did clarify exactly what the issues are and which aspects are the responsibility of Optivo and which the Council. It seems that communal recycling bins have not been emptied regularly as they are not on the contractor’s schedule, for example. This will be rectified, there will be more bins and they will be more clearly marked so everybody knows which are for recycling and which for other rubbish. We will keep an eye on the area to make sure things improve.

More rubbish

Last month we reported that the bin outside Ore Village Primary Academy had disappeared. We have now learned that the school asked for it to be removed as it was always overflowing with rubbish. Surely the solution is not to remove the bin, but to empty it more often something we have been requesting for ages. This is being looked at again.

St Helens Methodist Church

This is the church that stands on The Ridge at its junction with Clifton Road. The congregation moved into the Ore Community Centre a while ago and the building has now been sold. The new owner is another Christian church denomination and so the building will continue its original function and not be demolished to make room for flats as some residents feared.

Ore Community Land Trust AGM

Ore Community Land Trust held its first AGM as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO). This new status means it can both acquire land and apply for more grants. Current plans include reactivating former allotments within Speckled Wood and extending the Green next to the Salvation Army Hall into the woodland. Hastings Council is in the process of transferring some small plots of its land to the Trust. They have received a grant from the Winkle Club to produce a leaflet showing footpaths and access points to Speckled Wood. If you would like to get involved, visit their website or email [email protected]

Winter Warmer Packs

Once again Winter Warmer Packs are available to eligible residents of Baird, Ore and Tressell wards and referred by a local agency as someone who needs help to stay warm this winter. The packs include a fleece blanket, hot water bottle, flask, neck warmer, thermal socks, gloves, hat, hand warmer, thermometer and torch. To find out more email [email protected] or [email protected] or phone 01424 728731. This is part of the Healthy Neighbourhoods Scheme.

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) on their website. 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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