Campaigners’ protest picnic in Hastings Country Park

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Campaigners fighting for the removal of a controversial building in Hastings Country Park held a peaceful protest on Sunday (June 28).

Around 250 people gathered on the East Hill to demonstrate against the construction of a holiday home at Rocklands Private Holiday Park, in Rocklands Lane.

In March, the caravan park’s owners were ordered to demolish the building after being served with an enforcement notice by Hastings Borough Council (HBC). The council also refused permission for Rocklands’ application to include solar panels on the building’s roof and reduce the size of the balcony. Developers have since appealed and a public inquiry is expected to take place later this year.

Maggie Alderson, from Save Ecclesbourne Glen, said: “There were about 250 people in total, a very happy mixture of families – three generations in many cases – and friends, with lots of kids and dogs.

“All five candidates from the major parties in the forthcoming county council by-election attended the picnic and chatted to the crowds. It shows after 18 months of fighting to have this outrage put right, the people of Hastings have not lost interest in the campaign and won’t give up until the amazing views in the country park are returned to their former glory and the path through Ecclesbourne Glen is opened to walkers again. Having such stunning coastal landscape, within walking distance of the town centre, is one of Hastings’ great assets for locals and the visitors who bring so much business to the area.”

Campaigners and other objectors have branded the half-built property as an ‘eyesore’.

The original building was granted planning permission in 2012 under delegated powers.

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