Today, Ali Roark and Cllr. Peter Chowney were out on a warm sunny morning in Tressell ward for the weekly walkabout. We started at the top of School Road, investigated School, Sandown and Oakfield Roads, up to High Bank, then down Old London Road to the ward boundary at Ashburnham Road, then back up Robertson’s Hill, North Terrace, and back up the narrow section of Old London Road. We found quite a bit to report.
In School Road, the community garden at the top of the road was in a bit of a mess – there was a lot of litter in there, and the planting isn’t well-maintained, with the shrubs getting overwhelmed with brambles. This garden, and the system-built housing development next to it, is maintained by Southern Housing Association, so we’ll get on to them to tidy it up. The development and walls around the garden are starting to look a bit shabby too – we’ll raise that with them as well. The rest of School Road looked reasonably clean and tidy, although School Road surfacing is poor too, with a lot of potholes and broken surfaces. It’s unlikely Eat Sussex County Council would consider any of it serious enough to warrant repair, but we can take it up with them.
Sandown Road and Oakfield Road
There is an abandoned car in the unadopted land at the bottom of School Road, which runs through to Sandown Road, and is used by local residents to park their cars. We’ll see if we can get that removed. Sandown Road and Oakfield Road looked clean and tidy, with the steps up from Sandown Road to Old London Road in good condition. although there has been a long-standing problem with the area at the Frederick Road end, where part of the footway has got overgrown on the corner, and has a lot of accumulated litter in it. We’ll see if we can get that cleaned too.
From Frederick Road, we walked up through High Bank – no problems here that we could see – then down to Old London Road. Immediately above the Priory Road junction, there’s a bank on the left which is always covered with litter. The problem with this has been that it’s very difficult to clean, so it doesn’t get cleaned very often. Apart from being quite steep and difficult to climb up to pick the litter, the road has to be closed too (at least one side of it), which causes a lot of traffic chaos. However, there is so much litter and rubbish there now that it really does need to be done. We’ll see if we can get this organised, although it does require a joint effort between Hastings Borough Council and East Sussex County Council.
Old London Road
We then walked down Old London Road, to the Tressell ward boundary at the junction with Ashburnham Road. We found a full litter bin part way down, which we reported on My Hastings. There’s also a GPO access cover in the footway nearby, which has for a long time had water running out of it, which seems unexpected for a GPO access. For those, like Ali, who are too young to remember the GPO, it was the General Post Office, the government department that ran telecommunications and Royal Mail up to 1969. It was abolished and replaced by the Post Office, then that was further split up by creating British Telecom in the 1980s, which was privatised. So this access cover is pretty old, and probably defunct. I understand that the water comes from a natural spring rather than a water main leak, but neither Southern Water nor the County Council want to take responsibility for it.
Robertson’s Hill and North Terrace
Coming back up Old London Road, we investigated the bin area for 132-134 Old London Road, which had a lot of flytipped rubbish in it. We’ve reported it, so it will be cleared soon, but this area is a target for flytippers, as it’s not overlooked, and it’s easy to pull up beside it and dump rubbish there. From here, we turned off into Robertson’s Hill, and then walked along North Terrace. There were few problems here, apart from a flytipped vacuum cleaner, which we reported on My Hastings. And there were some pleasant daffodils and a cherry tree in blossom, in the grounds of Halton Heights, a sheltered housing block that we haven’t been able to visit for the last year.. We then walked back along the raised, narrow section of Old London Road. There were no problems there, apart from the usual one of a van trying to squeeze past parked cars. This is a very narrow road, but there’s probably not much that can be done about that. There have been street cleaning issues here in the past, largely because of access problems, but it seemed to be pretty good today.
And from there, back up to the top of School Road, where we started. Next week, we’ll be out again, weather permitting. We’ll take a look around Halton Estate, and Priory Road.