Bid to reopen Ore library is on the right track at last

It’s all looking positive for community plans to reopen Ore library. Campaigners were able to get inside the building yesterday and local councillor Heather Bishop says the well stocked library is in great condition and could reopen tomorrow. At the same time they were able to chat to officials from East Sussex County Council (ESCC) […]

Ore Valley Campus is a ‘model of excellence’

Solar panels on the roof of the Ore Valley Campus of East Sussex College will save over £5,000 a year on energy costs. Hastings MP Amber Rudd is encouraging more schools and businesses to copy the example set by Ore Valley which at one stage this month was generating 76 per cent of its energy […]

‘Crunch point’ council will need to make more ‘difficult decisions’

Ore Library, Mount Denys and the Isabel Blackman Centre have closed, childrens’ services are under threat and parking charges could rise steeply but still East Sussex County Council faces a £15m budget shortfall next year and £27m shortfall the year after that! Increased funding from Government is needed to protect vital council services. That’s the […]

Another County Council consultation – this time children’s services face the axe

Further cost saving by East Sussex County Council could see more than half the county’s childrens’ centre close. This week members of the Labour group on ESCC said the Children’s Service Early Help Strategy was causing ‘deep concerns’ and they urged members of the public to respond to a consultation being undertaken by ESCC that […]

Big-Local – making lives ‘a bit brighter’ in North-East Hastings

Residents of North-East Hastings can look forward to another varied programme of activities in the coming months following the awarding of over £14,000 in grants by the resident-led partnership that runs Big Local North-East Hastings. Each year £20,000 is allocated for bids to provide activities for local residents. In this year’s first round, 14 bids […]

Developing a sustainable approach to improving health in our town

Health bosses in East Sussex highlighted challenges and showcased successes when they welcomed a leading government adviser to Hastings. Professor Chris Whitty, the Chief Scientific Adviser to the Department of Health and Social Care and National Institute for Health Research lead, visited the borough as part of a countrywide tour of local authorities to hear […]

Is council ‘breathtakingly inconsistent’ and ‘reckless’ over country park plans?

Planned ‘industrial-scale’ development of solar arrays on Hastings Country Park shows Hastings Borough Council (HBC) to be ‘breathtakingly inconsistent’ and ‘reckless’ according to Friends of Hastings Country Park. The ‘Friends’ has written to Natural England, the Government’s national regulator, pointing out the inconsistencies between national environmental rules and the HBC’s planning policies on the one […]