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For everyone living and working in the Old Town
Stay informed

Stay up to date on everything that's happening in the Old Town: click here to download the latest Parish News.

Keep in touch with your committee's decisions  by reading the minutes of our latest meeting here.

 


Report Street Problems

roadupClick here to go to Fix My Street, where you can report problems such as potholes, broken paving slabs and blinking street lights.

HOTRA Annual General Meeting

Don't forget: the HOTRA AGM is being held this Friday, May 11th, in the Stade Hall. We'll start promptly at 7pm, so please come along and have your say. It's YOUR residents' association, and this is you chance to tell us what you like, and what we could do better!

The Isabel Blackman Centre in Winding Street has been serving Hastings and nearby villages for generations. It is currently being expertly managed by Sussex Community Development Association. It opens 7 days a week and provides a vital link to the many senior citizens who go there. Some already pay a contribution to the costs.
ESCC want to save £10m from their £250m Adult Social Care Budget. If the IBC closes many elderly people will become isolated in their own homes. To meet their needs in other ways will cost more money. Their carers / family will lose their weekly respite time.
This is the fourth attempt by ESCC to stop meeting these vulnerable people's needs in the past 15 years, which is contemptable.
The council is carrying out a consultation, and you can make your contribution by clicking here.

PLEASE PLEASE FIND A MOMENT TO COMPLETE THE SURVEY.

Old Town wins Best Walking Neighbourhood poll!

Hastings Old Town has won the Ramblers' Association's Best Walking Neighbourhood Award!

Anthony Slack, long-time Hastings Old Town resident, nominated the Old Town. He said: “Whether it’s simply to visit local shops and restaurants, to go to the doctors’ surgery or to the local cinema or theatre, or just to admire our historic buildings, walking is usually the best way to do it in the Old Town. The well maintained green spaces, the sea views, and the pleasant places to stop for a rest and to socialise, all combine to make Hastings Old Town a fantastic, walkable community. We’re delighted that the Old Town has been crowned as Britain’s Best Walking Neighbourhood.”

Your councillors

If you live in Hastings Old Town, your Borough Councillors are James Bacon and Dawn Poole. To email James click here  or Dawn here. You can contact your East Sussex County Councillor Tania Charman by clicking here.  For regular updates on what is happening in the Old Hastings Ward, as well as information on upcoming events, please visit and 'like'  James' Facebook page.

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Graffiti are not a new problem in the Old Town but in recent months there has been a blitz of tags on some of our walls. Hastings council will remove them if you complain – but only if they are on your property. Vivien Harrison has written a quick guide to notifying the council, which you can download by clicking here.

Dementia Drawing

Dementia Drawing, based in Hastings, is calling for your vote to secure nearly £50,000 of National Lottery funding as part of this year’s People’s Projects. Dementia Drawing holds life drawing classes for people with dementia and their carers. It is one of five contenders in the South East for a share of up to £150,000 of funding.

Your votes could allow Dementia Drawing to grow from a small group that holds lessons in just three care homes to become an established organization to meet the need for our classes on a regular basis for more people, in more places.

You can learn more about the organisation by clicking here.

Voting opens on April 16th at The People's Projects.

Protect Stade Walking routes

Sign the Green Party's petition at Change.org by clicking hereThe funfair owner has applied for planning permission to change the right-of-way that passes between the boating lake and the amusements, to build new rides, and to fence off open parts — including the lake.  There are 2 applications: click here and here to see them both.  The rights to enjoy unrestricted access across this area were established in 1893 during Queen Victoria’s reign.
If both applications are successful then the impact on the sea front would be considerable, and would virtually removes most planning constraints. The current leaseholder could easily build rides up to 35 metres high.
Old Hastings Preservation Societ have started a petition – available in the History House — and the Green Party have an online petition which you can sign by following the link at the top of the page. HOTRA have asked the Coastal Users Group to consider the matter on 27th February. We have also written to the Foreshore Trust Protector – Chris May - asking him to seek advice and clarify the picture.

Anti-social behaviour and dogs

Are you fed up with agressive begging, drug and alcohol misuse or thoughtless dog owners ?
Hastings Council are consulting on new Public Space Protection Orders.

You can read a summary of the proposal on dogs by clicking here, and on anti-social behaviour here. The full proposals are weighty documents of many pages. You can look at the dogs proposal here, and the full anti-social behaviour proposal here.
HOTRA has prepared a response which you can download by clicking here. If you wish to respond individually, take a look at this web page.

Hastings Old Town Residents Association

East Hill House
13 Tackleway
Hastings
East Sussex
TN34 3DE

Dick Edwards, Chairman

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