Leader's weekly update - 12.03.2021
Hi, it's Kim here, with this week's update from Hastings Borough Council.
As we take the first steps on the road out of lockdown with our young people returning to schools and colleges and being able to meet up socially with one other person outside we must still remember that the virus is still here in our town.
Please remember the mantra of space, face, hands when we are outside amongst other people. Many of us have had our vaccinations now and it is important to get a jab when it is your turn but remember you may still pass the virus on to others who have not had theirs. Let's all remain very cautious as we welcome springtime and the new possibilities that it brings with the easing of restrictions.
This has been a difficult year for many of our businesses and details of all the support grants available and the eligibility criteria is on our website. Please spread the word to anyone you know who might be interested.
I am delighted to announce that our team at the Hastings Museum & Art Gallery were recognised for their ongoing efforts to create engaging material for all age groups and won the bronze award in the Small Visitor Attraction of the Year category at Tourism South East's Beautiful South Tourism Awards.
In February I was pleased that Hastings Borough Council became an officially registered member of the UK Network of Age-friendly communities, a network supported by the Centre for Ageing Better. Cllr Ruby Cox has now been appointed as the Older Persons Champion. The network's goal is to reduce inequalities and make communities across the UK great places to grow old in.
On Monday we celebrated International Women's Day, a date recognised globally each year that signifies the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also highlights the inequality that still impacts on women across the world.
It was with great sadness that we heard of the murder of Sarah Everard and our thoughts are with her friends and family. Women should feel safe on our streets at any time and any place and we need to work together as a society to ensure this becomes a reality.
Every year many women are attacked and killed by men and most of these incidents are carried out by men who are known to them. In our town we have many women who are being abused and nationally one in four women will be the victims of domestic violence in their lifetime.
The local group Women's Voice have made a powerful video to highlight the realities of domestic abuse and coercive control called This is Not Love which presents the real-life testimonies of women and is very powerful and moving. It can be found on their website www.womens-voice.org.uk
Help and support can be found at theportal.org.uk and safeineastsussex.org.uk
This week we will be sending out the annual council tax bills. During this time our Contact Centre will be very busy handling calls, you can save time by checking our FAQs page if you do have a question about your bill. You can find this our website at www.hastings.gov.uk/council_tax.
Sunday March 21st is census day. The census is an important survey that is completed by households in England and Wales and helps inform local councils and charities about the needs of your area. You can find out more on the census 2021 website: www.census.gov.uk.
Please take a few moments to check out the draft Local Plan at www.hastings.gov.uk as the consultation ends on March 24th.. You can find lots of useful information and videos on our website, which explain what the Local Plan is and how easy it is to comment.
Thanks for listening and please stay safe.
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