Press Releases week beginning 25 January 2016
Grotbusters strike again!
The owners of a property in Cambridge Road (no 35), Hastings were summonsed to Eastbourne Magistrates court last Friday (15 January) for failing to comply with a section 215 notice served on them.
Gold Processing Company Limited was served the notice on 06 May 2015 by Hastings Borough Council requiring that within four months of 10 June 2015 certain works were undertaken to improve their property in Cambridge Road.
The required works included clean prepare and treat all render and previously painted external masonry removing any vegetation and flaking paint so as to ensure external render is in an appropriate condition for repainting. And, paint all external render and previously painted external masonry with a minimum of two coats of suitable masonry paint.
Cllr Kim Forward, the council's lead member for housing explained:
"The section 215 notice gives councils the power to deal with untidy land and dilapidated buildings, by getting owners to improve them.
"Our warnings were ignored by Gold Processing Company Limited as they did not take the necessary steps to make the improvements.
"One of our priorities is to build better neighbourhoods and the Grotbuster scheme is helping us to do this; we are very persistent and will prosecute property owners if our warnings are ignored. If owners do not comply with the 215 notice they will be fined and still expected to complete the work so it's in their best interest to get the works done as soon as possible. "
Gold Processing Company Limited failed to attend court and they were found guilty in their absence. They were fined £500 with costs of £432 and a victim surcharge of £50
Classroom on the Coast supporting Children in Need
Classroom on the Coast, a professional fish cookery school funded by Hastings Borough Council, will be supporting the BBC Give a Gift event for Children in Need on Saturday morning, 30 January between 10am and 12pm.
The Classroom will be open at The Stade, Hastings offering delicious free fish taco tasters with crisp succulent fillets of freshly landed fish served in a soft taco with salsa and sour cream. Why not pop along try some tacos and donate a gift to the Children in Need event in the Stade Hall.
Come and meet chef Toby, try the tasters, have a look at the fully equipped, purpose built cookery school right in the heart of the Hastings fishing quarter and find out about future cookery classes for both adults and children.
For more details about the Classroom and the classes on offer visit classroomonthecoast.org.uk
Hastings & St Leonards Local Strategic Partnership Welcomes Opportunity to Input into University Review
The Hastings & St Leonards Local Strategic Partnership ('LSP') has welcomed the opportunity to input into the internal review being carried out by the University of Brighton into its future in Hastings.
The university's new vice chancellor, Debra Humphris, attended a meeting of the LSP on Monday (25th January) where she explained that the university was carrying out an internal review of its operation in Hastings. The university had not attracted the number of students it had hoped for into its Hastings campus, and needed to look at all options :- nothing was being ruled in or out at this stage.
The University of Brighton's involvement in the Hastings Academies Trust is not part of the review.
A firm of higher education specialists have been engaged to undertake the work for the university, and they are expected to prepare a report for consideration by the university board by March.
The Hastings & St Leonards LSP welcomes the opportunity to feed into Hastings Borough Council's response to the university's internal review, making a strong case for the university's further investment in Hastings.