Press Releases week beginning 08 February 2016
Councillor John Hodges
We are very sad to announce the death of Cllr John Hodges, chair of the Foreshore Trust, Cabinet member and ward councillor for Hastings Old Town.
Councillor Peter Chowney, leader Hastings Borough Council said:
"We were very sad indeed to learn of the death of Councillor John Hodges earlier today, a true friend and colleague.
"This is the second time within a year that a senior councillor has passed and clearly we are greatly saddened.
"Our thoughts are with his family and many friends in the town and we would ask that the family's privacy is respected."
Unique World-Class Subterranean BMX and Skate Park Opens in Hastings
The Source Park, a new state of the art BMX and skate park opens its doors to the public on Saturday 13 February 2016
After being given the go-ahead by Hastings Borough Council on 09 June 2014 local business partners and brothers, Richard and Marc Moore of The Source Hastings Ltd have developed the White Rock Baths into a world class BMX and skateboarding facility on Hastings seafront.
The refurbishment began on 23 March 2015 and is now complete. Hastings Borough Council, the trustee for the Hastings and St Leonards Foreshore Charitable Trust which owns the building, commissioned Saville Jones, a Worthing-based practice, to design and manage the construction work and local firm, Colours have carried out all major repairs which took place from the spring and well into the winter of 2015.
Cllr Dawn Poole the council's lead member for regeneration explained:
"We're delighted that after months of refurbishment we are now able to join Rich and Marc Moore to show off this fantastic facility on our seafront and open it to the public.
"The refurbishment has been funded by Hastings Borough Council, East Sussex County Council, the Foreshore Trust, and The Source Hastings Ltd themselves, using a mixture of grants and loans to a total of £1.17m. The council successfully applied for a Regional Growth Fund grant through East Sussex County Council and a smaller grant from the government's Coastal Communities Fund to help with the cost of the project.
"The building will be let on a 10-year lease to The Source who aim to establish a world class indoor BMX and skateboard facility here in Hastings creating 30 jobs and which will undoubtedly greatly improve this area of our seafront and attract visitors to the town.
"We wish them every success! "
Source Park director, Richard Moore said:
"After months of refurbishment we're really excited to finally be opening The Source Park. We're so pleased that our vision for the dilapidated site has at last come to fruition and will offer riders and skaters a state of the art, world class facility here in our home town Hastings.
"Our thanks must go to all our partners for their support and commitment especially over the last year to help us make it happen."
Councillor Rupert Simmons, East Sussex County Council lead member for economy, said:
"The ESCC Grants and Loans panel was very excited when this project was presented for funding. We approved the Regional Growth Funding of over £300k. This meant this project could get off the ground and make such a difference to the Hastings seafront and provide 30 jobs."
For more details about The Source Park visit www.sourcebmx.com or telephone 01424 460943