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Finding hope in a bigger story

This year I saw the first Christmas TV ad on September 15th.

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The Borough Leader with Cllr Peter Chowney

Cllr Peter Chowney: The Source BMX park - ‘Hastings ingenuity and originality at its best’

Last week, Rich and Marc Moore from The Source BMX park received the prestigious ‘Heritage Angels’ award, for the best rescue of a historic building. And it’s well-deserved.

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Ed Cassidy

On Your Marks: Startling statistic opened my eyes

In my conversion with Ed Cassidy a senior manager in mental health commissioning for Crawley, Horsham and Mid Sussex CCGs (see last week’s column) he told me a startling statistic that approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem in their lifetime.

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Dr Martin Warner, Bishop of Chichester

The light of truth

Advent Calendars have hit the high street in a big way as an attractive by-product of the Christmas shopping bonanza.

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Ed Cassidy, a senior manager in mental health commissioning for Crawley, Horsham and Mid Sussex CCGs

On Your Marks: Life is stressful, and we want to make it less so

In the first of these columns, I spoke to Dr Minesh Patel from the CCG, and something he said really resonated with me. He said that he had prescribed someone with anxiety and depression to do a parkrun - and it really helped.
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The Borough Leader with Cllr Peter Chowney

Board established for good housing

Last month, Hastings Council set up a housing company to acquire and build housing. The company will be wholly-owned by the council, and its directors will be council officers, and one councillor. Its policies and constitution will be determined by Hastings Council, but the board of directors will make decisions on what properties it should buy or develop.

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Katy Bourne

PCC's video log: Would you pay more to support policing in Sussex?

Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne has launched a county-wide consultation to ask the public if they would be prepared to pay more for policing in Sussex.

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On Your Marks: Lunges and skipping are my mortal enemies!

The first steps to my target to do a half marathon in six months are well and truly passed. I completed my first 5km run two weeks ago - The Poppy Run at Clapham Common.

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Rampion wind farm

Rampion announce a £4 million fund which will include supporting organisations working for benefit of Sussex people

Corporate social responsibility, as it is sometimes now termed, really began when Victorian industrialists started wanting to address the social ills of their age, including the poor living conditions of their workers.

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Rt Rev Mark Sowerby, Bishop of Horsham

Not as simple as good or bad

This coming Sunday the country will pause, and take stock of the sacrifice and ongoing dedication of many men and women in the service of their country.
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From House to Home with Amber Rudd MP

First steps to faster trains is delivered

Last week I invited Transport Secretary Chris Grayling to visit Ashford International to hear an update on my campaign to secure a high speed rail link between our communities and London St Pancras.

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Debby Scott

On Your Marks: ‘It’s mostly a case of mind over matter’

At my first visit to the Tilgate parkrun (see last week’s column), I bumped into Debby Scott, who I knew through her husband James.

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The Borough Leader with Cllr Peter Chowney

Recognition for our peerless pier

This week, dRMM architects won the prestigious Stirling Prize for architecture for their design for Hastings Pier, attracting national and international attention to Hastings for all the right reasons. But it’s been a long journey, from an unsafe and abandoned structure owned by an irresponsible offshore company to a fully restored pier recognised as the best ‘new’ building of the year.

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Ready to run round Tilgate Lake

On Your Marks: First attempt at a parkrun did not go to plan, but what a great event

If you have followed my column, you will know I am targeting to run a half marathon in six month’s time.

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The Conservative View with Cllr Rob Lee SUS-170623-111550001

Posing questions about consultants

Hastings Borough Council spent over £1.3 Million on Consultants from 2010 onwards, this is a shocking figure and one we should not ignore. For an authority that would like us to believe that it is on the verge of financial meltdown their largesse when it comes to the expenditure of public money seems to know no bounds. If this money had not been spent we would certainly have been able to prevent the closure of the Harold Place toilets, and Ore toilets would not have even come under threat of closure at all. We would have had more resources to make our planning department run effectively and we could have paid for extra street cleaning, the list of missed opportunity goes on and on.

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From House to Home with Amber Rudd MP

Local people deserve affordable housing

We know that major changes need to be made to our housing market, so that more homes are built and our younger generation do not miss out on finding homes they can afford.

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Latest advice from the PDSA

How to cope with pet blindness

A pet losing their sight is life-changing, both for them and their owners, yet with some adaptation they can often continue to lead normal, happy lives.

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Caught out! I here I am in snacking mode

On Your Marks: Don’t have a target weight, have a target waist size

It’s week two of my challenge to get fit and healthier and this week I am going to focus on diet.
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Microchipping is vital

How to keep your pet safe as evenings get darker

With fewer daylight hours at this time of year, it’s a good idea to take extra precautions to keep our pets safe.

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The Borough Leader with Cllr Peter Chowney

On track or bypassed??

The rail summit meeting two weeks ago again highlighted local rail improvements, with rail operators outlining welcome enhancements to existing services. And there was plenty of support for the idea of high-speed trains to Hastings. But even if the dream of high speed rail to London is realised, it only goes part of the way to improving our local and regional transport infrastructure.

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