Bulletin March 2016

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

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