Speckled Wood Celebration Day
This is a day of fun and adventure for all the family in Speckled Wood. It will be held on Saturday 25th June from 11am to 3pm. It will be held around the green next the Salvation Army hall and in the woods themselves. It is a free event.
There will be Art Workshops, Story Telling, Wood Crafts, Forestry Workshops and more. All ages are welcome. Please bring a picnic and make it a fun family day in the (hopefully) sunshine!
Radiator Arts and In2Play are hosting the event, and local storyteller Ed Boxall will weave his magic and enchant children of all ages! Big Local North East Hastings and Hastings Lions Club have funded this to make the day possible.
Ore Community Land Trust – Annual General Meeting
The AGM for 2016 has been arranged for Saturday 23rd July starting at 10am and finishing by 1pm. It will be held at the Salvation Army Hall, 414 Old London Road, Ore.
Please put the date in your diary. The AGM will be a very important meeting as this will be the first one since the wood was declared protected open greenspace, following the Inspector’s decision last year. There will be a short meeting, followed by updates and news, and a chance to celebrate some more!
The AGM is a public meeting and local residents, supporters and others are welcome to attend to hear about our work and our plans for 2016 and beyond. It is a good opportunity to renew your membership for 2016/2017 and for new members to join. Download Membership Application form
Funding for design work on the Speckled Wood section of the Ore Valley Greenway
We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded a grant of £10,000 from the NE Hastings Big Local fund to cover the survey, engineering assessment and overall design work for the section of the Greenway – walking, cycling and disabled access route – that would run from Frederick Road up to Victoria Avenue.
In addition the grant will cover a community consultation exercise for all other sections of the planned Ore Valley Greenway network from Ore Station to the Ridge.
We hope that this design project will be completed by early summer.
The Speckled Wood Greenway design report and construction costing will enable Ore CLT and the Hastings Greenway Group to argue for East Sussex CC to include this route in the funding allocation for the Hastings Walking & Cycling Network.
Contact with Speckled Wood land owners
We have made a start on our plan to acquire land in Speckled Wood. Before Xmas a letter was sent, via Hastings Borough Council, to all landowners to offer to meet with them and explain our aims – to create a community woodland and develop projects such as the Greenway and the Village Green.
We have now met with a trustee for a large plot of land which will be needed for the Greenway route and he was positive about our aims and agreed to discuss land purchase later in the year.
Ore CLT involvement in a new Project in the Lower Ore Valley
We were invited to join a project group, led by Heart of Hastings Community Land Trust, which is proposing a community self build housing and workspace project for the Old Power Station site in the Lower Ore Valley. The aim is to use a radical approach to involve local people to plan and construct the buildings and also to install the section of Greenway route from Ore Station to Broomgrove Road.
Volunteer team working in Speckled Wood
A small group of volunteers has been working in Speckled Wood over the last few months to repair steps, rebuild bridges and improve the footpaths through Speckled Wood. They meet on Fridays at 10am, weather permitting.
If you would like to assist please contact Derek – tel: 432292
On 20th October Hastings Borough Council’s Planning Committee reconsidered the planning application for the development of 31 houses and 4 flats on the land at the top of Speckled Wood. This had been approved, subject to conditions, in February 2014.
However, some of the conditions had not been met and the recent redesignation of Speckled Wood as Local Green Space, which includes this land, was a fundamental and material change that required the application to be reconsidered.
Ore CLT members attended the Planning meeting and were very pleased to witness the unanimous and all party agreement of the Planning Committee to refuse the application, as recommended by the planning officer.
This means that there is now no planning permission for any development in Speckled Wood apart from the small area where Church Street joins Clifton Road. This is the last stage in the process of protecting the woodland valley so that Ore CLT can work towards acquiring all of the land to create a Community Woodland.