Author: Andrea Needham (page 2 of 3)

Havelock Place: £7m in public money, 16% occupied after two years, 12 jobs created

Nearly three years ago, then-Chancellor George Osborne and Hastings and Rye MP Amber Rudd visited Havelock Place, the then-uncompleted SeaChange project in Hastings town centre. According to SeaChange’s website, George Osborne said: Continue reading

North Queensway Innovation Park: a second occupier but still no new jobs

SeaChange has found another occupier for its North Queensway ‘Innovation’ Park. They’ve submitted a planning application for a ‘car showroom and workshop’. One might wonder why SeaChange did not announce this with its usual chutzpah in the local press, or indeed why there is not a word about it on their website. Surely they want to announce the news of more jobs for Hastings? Continue reading

SeaChange Sussex: absolutely no scrutiny from Hastings Borough Council

In 2013, Hastings Borough Council made a decision that an ‘annual briefing from the Chief Executive of SeaChange’ (that is to say, John Shaw) should be ‘made part of the annual Programme of Member training’.  However, a Freedom of Information request made recently by Combe Haven Defenders has revealed that three and a half years after that decision was made, no such briefing has taken place. Continue reading

What is Seachangewatch?

Seachangewatch has been set up by residents of Hastings and St Leonards, concerned about SeaChange Sussex, the ‘not-for-profit regeneration company’ in our town.  We believe there is a serious lack of accountability and transparency in SeaChange’s activities, as well as a complete lack of consideration of the environmental impact of their projects on our green spaces. Continue reading

The North Bexhill Access Road: the mystery of the money

Here’s a question.  How much will SeaChange’s North Bexhill Access Road (NBAR) cost – if it’s built – and where would the money come from?

It would undoubtedly be public money – it always is – but how much of it is a bit of a mystery. Continue reading

SeaChange projects: opacity built in?

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SeaChange: opacity built in. Photo: Titus Tscharntke, Wikimedia commons

In the standard democratic process in the UK, a piece of legislation is circulated, has amendments written to it, is voted on in the House of Commons, and then voted on in the House of Lords.  The people in the Commons who vote have their vote recorded and are (in theory) democratically accountable to the people who have voted them in.  Continue reading

North Bexhill Access Road: planning permission without a business case?

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On the route of the North Bexhill Access Road: road would run right to left through picture

On 11 September 2015,  SeaChange submitted a planning application  for the North Bexhill Access Road.  There is no date yet for the application to be considered by Rother District Council’s planning committee, but according to government guidance, major planning applications should be determined within 13 weeks, although this can be extended to 26 weeks.  Rother District Council’s planning website states that the NBAR application will be decided by 1 January 2016. Continue reading

North Queensway Innovation Park: one occupier but still No Jobs Close

SeaChange Sussex has finally found an occupier for the North Queensway Innovation Park, nearly two and a half years after construction on the junction to the site began.   A local furniture company will be moving there from another site in Hastings, bringing with it its 45 employees.  It will occupy approximately quarter of the space available on the site. Continue reading

North Bexhill Access Road: don’t mention SeaChange

Not content with the empty business parks they already have,  the new one under construction at the Bexhill end of the Link Road, and the one they would love to build over the top of Hollington Valley (if they can get over their little local difficulty with planning permission), SeaChange is putting forward proposals for yet another road, providing access to yet another business park. Continue reading

SeaChange projects running late: when will the jobs arrive?

SeaChange  is running a little late.  At least three of its projects are significantly behind schedule – and presumably above cost.  It has already had to have loans  from East Sussex County Council in order to complete the Bexhill Gateway road and ‘Innovation Mall’.   When can we expect these projects to be finally finished, and to start creating the thousands of jobs SeaChange claims for them?

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