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- by no means an exhaustive list ... if you think we should be featuring other issues of special importance in Tressell ward, let us know.



Ore Valley Land

Ore Valley Land Map

 

Much of this site isn't in Tressell Ward, but it's on the border and affects Tressell residents.  The Ore Valley development site covers the old Broomgrove Power Station, the railway goods yards down to Parker Road and Mount Pleasant Road up to the old St. Helen's Hospital site on Frederick Road.  It was being redeveloped by SeaSpace, the local regeneration agency that has now been replaced by SeaChange Sussex, to provide a new 'village centre' around Ore Station, shops and business premises and around 450 new homes, with a 'greenspace' area to be retained from the undeveloped, green parts of the site. But the project was seriously delayed - originally, the first homes were scheduled to be handed over to their new owners in 2003, but complications with land assembly, and the banking crash, put paid to that. Nevertheless, the first phase of the project was completed in 2012.  Bellway Homes built 51 homes, a small supermarket and office space around Ore station. Further development failed to take off, because of low land and property values in the area. But as the property market in Hastings improved, the land again became more attractive to developers. In Spring 2016, the Frederick Road site was sold to Gemselect, a local developer.  Later in the year, the Stills Factory site was also sold to Gemselect. Panning applications for these sites are now imminent.

The remaining part of the original Millennium Communities area is the old power station site, which has some land contamination problems.  This is currently licensed to Heart of Hastings Community Land Trust, who want to develop a community self-build project there.

It is now proposed that all the remaining unsold land in the Ore Valley is to be transferred from Seaspace, the local public regeneration company, to Hastings Council (HBC).

 

This will allow all the remaining land in the Ore Valley to be developed for housing or protected as green space.  These sites are shown on the map, with other local development sites and green spaces.

They are:

  • Stills site: Sold by Seaspace for housing development;
  • Power Station site: Licensed to Heart of Hastings Community Land Trust (see www.heartofhastings.org.uk);
  • Ore Valley Greenspaces: Protected greenspace, to be transferred from Seaspace to HBC;
  • Ore Business Park: Now being developed for housing;
  • Frederick Road site: Sold by Seaspace for housing development;
  • Speckled Wood: Protected greenspace, under multiple private ownerships;
  • Church Street site: Privately owned, to be developed for housing.


Transferring the land to HBC will allow the council to bring together the different green spaces as locally managed public open space. The transfer of land from Seaspace will unlock a 250,000 reserve held by the council, to secure future protection and management of all these local green spaces. Ore Community Land Trust, a local charity who fought to protect Speckled Wood for many years, and now work to maintain the woodland, would like to take on a more formal role in managing, and potentially owning, all these green spaces. Much of the land in Speckled Wood itself is still in private ownership however, so they would need to raise funds to acquire the land. Then it could all be managed in the interests of the local community, in perpetuity.

Speckled Wood

Speckled Wood (know locally as 'the 'Oller') is an area of undeveloped wooded land extending from Frederick Road up to Victoria Avenue, between Church Street and Old London Road.  This wonderful, unspoilt area of land was earmarked for housing development, but many local people (and your Tressell councillors) believed it should be retained as open space, and opened up for public access. 

The council's proposals in its Local Plan to protect much of the woodland, as 'protected open space', were accepted by the planning inspector, who recommended extending the protected area, to include sites originally proposed for housing: one off Old London Road, and one on Victoria Avenue. These modifications were made to the plan, which was finally adopted in September 2015.

See the Speckled Wood page for more detail.

 

 

Refuse collection

Most of Tressell Ward gets a 'twin bin' collection, with two wheelie bins, one for general waste and one for recylables, collected on alternate weeks.  However, the West Hill part of the ward had, until recently, the old, weekly black bag collection, because many properties here aren't suitable for wheelie bins.  This didn't work well, because the bags were ripped open by foxes, badgers and gulls. So 'seagull proof sacks' have now been provided to properties in this area, to keep the gulls and foxes at bay. 

Elsewhere in the ward, where wheelie bins have been introduced, some residents have found this difficult because they have steep steps leading up or down to their property.  Should we be looking at alternative solutions here too?

The specification for a new refuse collection contract is about to be drawn up, as the current contract will end in June 2019, so it's a good time to suggest changes. We'd like to know your views on all this. Let us know by e-mail what you think, at:

councillors@tressell.org.uk

 



 

 

     



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