Press Releases week beginning 22 February 2016
Join the Festival of Sport with Us Girls Rocks
Hastings Borough Council's StreetGames project will be running an afternoon of sporty activities for girls aged between 11 and 25 at Summerfield's Leisure Centre on Sunday 28 February 12 noon - 4.30pm. Organised by StreetGames volunteers as part of their ongoing progress, the event will give girls the chance to take part in sport and physical activity classes such as Core Attack, Circuits, Spin and many others and between 3pm and 4pm there will be an hour of swim time.
Cllr Dawn Poole, the council's lead member for leisure explained:
"Giving girls the opportunity to access a sporting programme and take part in many taster sessions is a great way for them to boost their physical activity and possibly find a sport that they may like to continue to participate in. This Sunday there is a free Us Girls Rocks T shirt for the first 50 girls that sign up and take part!
"It's also great to see how keen the young volunteers are to develop themselves and put on events like this for the local community, our thanks must go to them."
For more information about the event please contact Ken Dullaway firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01424 451109
Deli shop owner prosecuted
The owner of a delicatessen at 10 Cambridge Road, Hastings was prosecuted at Eastbourne Magistrates Court last Friday (19 February) after failing to respond to a Planning Contravention Notice (PCN) served by Hastings Borough Council's planning enforcement team.
The council served the notice on 13 October 2015 under section 171C of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 as the owner Mr M Banaszczyk had been operating a delicatessen without the necessary planning permission.
Cllr Kim Forward, the council's lead member for housing explained:
"Section 171C of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 allows the council to request any information required for planning enforcement purposes regarding operations being carried out at a property. This section of the Act is also used to invite the owner to respond constructively to the council about the suspected breach of planning control.
Mr Banaszczyk had been operating the delicatessen without the necessary planning permission.
We take contraventions of planning issues of this nature very seriously indeed and will prosecute if necessary.
Mr Banaszczyk who failed to attend court, was found guilty in his absence and fined £1000, with £243 costs and ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge. This is really good news and highlights our zero tolerance to such practices in the town."
20 Rare Trees for Alexandra Park
Twenty rare trees have been planted in Alexandra Park, Hastings to ensure that the park continues to hold the most diverse and interesting tree collection of any public park in England.
With the help of Hastings born Dr Owen Johnson, Britain's leading authority on rare trees and volunteer leader for the Biodiversity Action Team, co-ordinated by The Conservation Volunteers (TCV), Hastings Borough Council have sourced and planted this new collection of rare trees.
The council's lead member for the environment, Cllr Warren Davies explained:
"Alexandra Park, laid out by Robert Marnock in 1878 - 1882, has an exceptionally varied tree collection with diverse foliage, blossom or fruit which adds interest all year round.
"The new trees which Owen and other volunteers have planted this season have been grown from seeds collected in the remote mountains of North Vietnam by intrepid plant-hunters Bleddyn and Sue Wynn-Jones. Some of these tree species have never been grown in Britain before and a few are assessed as critically endangered in the wild.
"By growing them in Hastings, we are continuing to add to the park's diverse tree collection while contributing to nature conservation on a global scale and, part of the money from purchasing the trees returns to the Vietnamese to help protect rare species in the wild."
Tim Hills Sussex Team Leader for TCV added:
"TCV are delighted to be able to help local people take part in this important conservation work in their local greenspace. As well as tree planting we work with Hastings Borough Council helping look after a number of green spaces around the town and if people wish to join in and help us we are most grateful of the assistance. Please visit our website for details www.tcv.org.uk/volunteering"
Water Quality Improvements continue at Alexandra Park
A final phase of water quality improvements is underway at Alexandra Park, Hastings.
Major improvements have already been made to the waterways in Alexandra Park. Last year floating vegetated islands and systems to channel larger volumes of stream water through the lower ornamental ponds were installed. As a result, water now takes longer to travel through the park and out to sea which is significantly improving the quality of the bathing water at the town's beaches.
Together with partners the Environment Agency and The Landscape Group, Hastings Borough Council is now starting the final phase of water quality improvements.
Cllr Warren Davies the council's lead member for environment explained:
"We need to do everything we can to ensure that the water flowing out on to our bathing beaches is as clean as it can be to meet the required EU standards and to provide a safe, clean bathing facility for residents and visitors to the town. Major successful works have already been carried out at the park but we need to do more.
"Our contractors have been working Biomatrix who are specialists at integrating ecology and engineering to improve water quality. They (Biomatrix) have recently implemented projects as far afield as Shanghai and Seattle and this project is of particular importance internationally as it's the first to so effectively apply the full tool box of ecological technologies, from Active edge Filters to Floating Ecosystems to effectively improve water quality.
"During this final phase Biomatrix will be building up and planting the pond edges and at White Pond a special filtration and aeration system will be installed. The main aims are to aerate the water and allow a greater exposure to ultra violet light. The plants will promote beneficial microbes and root filtration and all these elements will allow silts and other water born particles to be more readily broken down.
"Compressed air will be forced through a complex arrangement of submerged pipelines; acting like a giant fish tank filter, the water will become more aerated. This compressed air will also be utilised to suck water through natural gravel and the plant filtration systems.
"Visitors to the park will currently see the works taking place but they are essential to ensure better quality water in the park and at the beach, improve biodiversity and to create new habitats."
This work will complete a two year project to improve water quality within the park using a combination of sustainable, mechanical and vegetative solutions to help nature revitalise the waterways.