New group set up with aim to save town’s heritage

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IS there a historic building in Hastings which you feel should be saved, even though it doesn’t meet the national status awarded by English Heritage?

Although not ‘listed’ it could be a building that you feel is quintessential to the town, contributing in a unique way to its special character.

The compilation of a list of such historic buildings is the aim of a new organisation, Save our Heritage, which is holding its inaugural public meeting at the White Rock Hotel on Wednesday, April 10, at 7pm. The meeting will be chaired by Stephen Gray, who has an architectural practice for conservation works.

The idea was first mooted three years ago. Aubrey Ingleton, of Hastings and St Leonards Seniors’ Forum, said: “We were a bit unhappy about the demolition of interesting old buildings which was going on so we set up a petition with 264 signatures and presented it to Councillor Jeremy Birch.

“We want to keep the special character of the town – our seaside location, wooded valleys, wild life, attractive Victorian housing and surrounding weald and countryside which all contribute to the character of Hastings.”