Press Releases week beginning 20 May 2019
Straw bale Visitor Centre gets underway
Work is now underway to build a new visitor centre for Hastings Country Park nature reserve. The centre will be built in a sustainable way using straw bales. It will be home to information about the park, its geology, habitats, species and heritage. There will be a café for light refreshments and new accessible toilets.
The new centre is located on Lower Coastguard Lane at the Fire hills end of the park. It will make the most of the park's stunning views over the English Channel.
Construction will continue through the summer. There will be opportunities to watch exciting stages in the build, such as the straw bale walls being constructed and the lime render being applied. The construction team is headed by SIA Design and Build. They are working with three specialist straw bale companies.
The project is funded by Hastings Borough Council with a grant award of £475,000 from Interreg North West Europe. The Interreg award is part of an innovative project called 'Up Straw' which is increasing awareness of the benefits of public building with straw across North West Europe.
Once the new centre opens it will provide an exciting facility for visitors to the park to find out about this special landscape, for schools visits, activities and family events.
Colin Fitzgerald, lead councillor for the environment, Hastings Borough Council said,
"Hastings Borough Council is delighted to be part of the innovative Up-Straw project which aims to showcase sustainable and energy efficient building projects with reduced carbon footprints. The project will deliver new visitor facility for this very special site, which is one of the country's foremost coastal nature reserves, with a high quality space for schools, local communities and visitors."
Hastings Borough Council have successfully prosecuted Sean and Sylvia Fullick of Wishing Tree Road North in St Leonards for not complying with a planning enforcement notice to stop using the address for the repair of cars and other vehicles. They were asked to remove the cars and all of the waste materials associated with the car business. They were fined a total of £2,090. Kim Forward, lead councillor for regeneration and planning said,
"We are supportive of local businesses but we can't allow activity of this kind in a residential area where it impacts negatively on the environment and other residents."
Ride On! Half Term Fun at Hastings Museum & Art Gallery
This May half term at Hasting Museum & Art Gallery as we get inspired by transport, vehicles and movement.
Kim Forward, lead councillor for culture said,
"Every day throughout the half term holiday we will have free colouring and craft activities throughout the museum for you to make and take home, each based on a different mode of transport."
"You can also be the first to get your hands on our new LEGO® WeDo kits as we challenge you, your friends and families to get down and creative at our Friends and Families Build Day. Places are limited so please book in advance."
Other highlights include:
- Qi Gong at the Museum, Wednesday 9am-10am, £6.50 per person
- Relaxed Early Opening for neurodiverse children and families, people living with autism or additional needs who may find it easier to enjoy the museum in a calmer environment, Friday 31 May, 9am-11.30am
- Happy Harold visiting the Museum, Saturday 1 June, 3.30pm
For more details on our events check the museum website: http://www.hmag.org.uk/
or on Facebook: Hastings Museum & Art Gallery.