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£50,000 secured for Bottle Alley restoration

Zeroh point of decay Credit: Hastings Borough Council

Fifty thousand pounds has been awarded for the restoration of Bottle Alley in Hastings.

The £3 million Revival Fund received 222 bids, totalling £9 million.

With the funding three times oversubscribed, the Hasting Borough Council’s project for Bottle Alley demonstrated that it was one of the very best and secured the £50,000 grant.

Glass panels at Bottle Alley Credit: Hastings Borough Council

“This is really excellent news for Hastings, especially as the Revival Fund was so oversubscribed.

“The alley was designed in the early 1930s by Sidney Little, the borough engineer, and is located on the lower deck of the two-tier promenade. It was built to provide an undercover walkway in inclement weather and it features pieces of recycled glass embedded in panels of concrete that make up the wall.

“Owned by the council, Bottle Alley is an area of architectural importance so securing this grant funding will enable us to start restoration.

“We anticipate works will start on 18 January and this will include concrete repairs, installation of new lighting, cleaning the bottle panels and redecorating.”

– Cllr Dawn Poole, the council’s lead member for regeneration

Proceeds of crime go towards rebuilding fire-ravaged hospice

St Michael's Hospice was damaged by fire Credit: PA

Hastings Police have donated £350 from the proceeds of crime to a hospice in Sussex that was badly damaged in an arson attack.

A large part of St Michael's Hospice in St Leonards-on-Sea was destroyed in the fire last July.

The donation comes from the Police Property Act Fund made up of monies received by the police from property confiscated by order of the courts and then sold.

Since the fire the hospice has been closed, with in-patient services temporarily relocated to a local nursing home.

A 67-year-old man who had been charged with arson with intent to endanger life after the fire broke out at the hospice, and who was due to appear at court in October, died prior to the hearing.

Police Community Support Officer Chi Yau hands over a cheque Credit: Sussex Police


Police search for missing 13 year old girl

Jordan didn't return home yesterday Credit: Sussex Police

Police are worried about 13 year old Jordan Cooper from Hastings who's been missing since yesterday. The teenager told her family she would be back at 5pm but didn't return.

  • Jordan is white with a fair complexion
  • She's 5'0" slim, with shoulder-length straight brown hair.
  • The teenager was wearing a grey tracksuit and a black hooded coat.
  • She had a green drawstring shoulder bag with her.

Concern for missing epilepsy sufferer in Sussex

Police are concerned for the welfare of missing Sandra Sheen Credit: Sussex Police

A woman who suffers from epilepsy has gone missing from her home in St Leonards.

Police say they are concerned for the welfare of Sandra Sheen, 54, who was last seen at Hastings railway station at 3.30pm on Saturday, September 26.

Sandra is white, 5' 3", of heavy build, with short brown hair and brown eyes.

She has learning difficulties and does not like to be touched by anyone without her permission, potentially becoming quite aggressive.

When she went missing she was wearing a short black coat, dark red trousers and black trainers and was carrying a bright orange rucksack.


Hospital Trust rated inadequate

The trust that runs hospitals in Hastings and Eastbourne has been placed in special measures.

The Chief Inspector of Hospitals found problems with services, run by East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, including accident and emergency and maternity.

Managers say improvements are being made.

ITV Meridian spoke to Professor Edward Baker from the Care Quality Commission, and Medical Director, Dr David Hughes.

Concern over missing 13 year old boy

Police are concerned for a teenager, who has been missing from Hastings for two days.

Elliott Hedger, who's 13, hasn't been seen since Tuesday 1st September.

Missing teenager Elliott Hedger Credit: Sussex Police

The 13-year-old was last seen at 10am saying he was gong into town to meet his friends.

We are concerned for the welfare of Elliott due to his age. He has links to Eastbourne and Ashford in Kent and may have travelled there.

– Wai Lee, missing persons co-ordinator
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