‘BULLSEYE’ was your front page story; yet all that happened was that something was blocked from being developed by those who put in more work, I suspect, than the protesters.
My point is neither for nor against the proposed Archery Ground development but in favour of campaigns that stand both for a positive value and a more inclusive society.
My occupation is to co-create ‘a more sharing society’ and to support a community TV channel (on YouTube) which highlights the available positive community engagement opportunities.
One campaign that’s overdue is about ‘the cost of living in St Leonards’. You might want to Google that and join in the discussion?
The aim must surely be to keep property prices low? If there is no such campaign then blocking planning developments smacks of property profiteering by those (inadvertently?) creating a more exclusive society?
You’ve got your ‘No’ to this Archery Ground development; people haven’t got their ‘No to the Jerwood’ or ‘No to the Link Road’. As for the ‘Yes’ campaigns in town, the pier trust has only 20 people interested enough to come to their public meetings, presumably because the values underlying the development are not being articulated in an engaging way?
There is much financial insecurity and social injustice in the world. Community Action is called for. Choose an injustice, e.g., financial greed and stand for the values it negates, e.g., generosity and equality of opportunity. So please, yes to what in Hastings and St Leonards?
St Leonards Sharing Consortium
Southwater Area Community Centre
1-2 Stainsby Street