Neglected green space is revived by Big Local residents

Tressell ward councillor Tania Charman and Big Local resident, Alan Turner SUS-151120-132357001
Tressell ward councillor Tania Charman and Big Local resident, Alan Turner SUS-151120-132357001

A vacant grassed area on Priory Road opposite Halton Flats, Hastings, will look very different in the spring following a morning’s work by local residents, staff from Amicus Horizon Housing Association and local councillor, Tania Charman.

The area was once the site of the Fortune of War pub but has stood empty since it was demolished over 40 years ago.

Members of the Big Local North East Hastings partnership (residents from parts of Ore, Baird and Tressell wards) decided to revamp the site using some of the funding received to improve the area. AmicusHorizon own the land and were keen to get involved providing additional funding and lending staff members to help with the work.

They planted a hedge comprising beech, blackthorn and hazel along the line of an ugly mesh fence and 100 daffodil bulbs under the trees nearer the road. They also cut back a lot of overgrown vegetation to open up the spectacular views across the valley.

Richard Street who leads the project said: “Residents in this area deserve an attractive green space to enjoy. In the spring the daffodils should give a whole new look to the area and provide food and shelter for wildlife for many years to come.”