Press Releases week beginning 03 October 2016
Community Partnership Fund Grants - Application now open!
The Community Partnership Fund (CPF) supports non-profit voluntary and community groups that work for the benefit of residents in Hastings and St Leonards. Application is now open to these groups for the 2017 - 2019 grant fund.
Following consultation with the community and voluntary sector, Hastings Borough Council has identified five priority areas for the programme.
"The council wishes to prioritise services for the most vulnerable in our community, recognising the need to maintain a basic level of support at a time of public sector cuts" said Cllr Kim Forward the council's lead member for communities.
She added: "We have identified five broad priority areas with specifications; housing, legal, welfare and debt advice, domestic violence support, advice and support to community organisations, rough sleepers outreach support and advice and support to migrant and newly settled communities. We are now inviting organisations that meet the criteria and specifications to submit applications for funding".
Please email CPFGrants@hastings.gov.uk for the CPF application form; deadline for applications is 12 noon on 11 November 2016.
Pre-planning application meeting for public
Future development of the recreation ground at Harrow Lane, St Leonards
As part of its commitment to improving community awareness of the planning process, Hastings Borough Council holds Pre-application Forums. A Forum is essentially an opportunity for a developer of a significant development to present the proposals to a wider audience prior to submitting a planning application and for the Council to hold a structured discussion about it.
A pre application forum will take place at 18:00 on Wednesday 5 October 2016 at the Council Chamber, Muriel Matters House, Breeds Place, Hastings regarding the future development of the recreation ground at Harrow Lane, St Leonards. The proposal is for a residential development with associated access, parking and green space.
Key stakeholders are invited to attend and participate. The Council hopes that as a result of the Forum the developer will be better informed as to the community expectations prior to submitting a planning application.
The meeting is held in public and whilst the public are encouraged to attend and listen, only invited stakeholders (including community representatives), councillors and officers can speak. However, residents can make their representations and have their questions answered through local representatives and councillors.
For more details please contact the council's Development Management team on 01424 451090
Hastings Coast Protection Works - Stage II starts
The second stage of coastal protection works are due to start on the seafront in Hastings this week.
To help keep the beach in place and to protect the sea wall, two new rock groynes will be constructed along the Carlisle Parade frontage. Added to this, beach will be moved from the harbour arm area and a new set of timber access steps to the beach will be installed.
"Funded by the Environment Agency's Flood Defence Grant in Aid (FDGiA) and Hastings Borough Council 5,000 tonnes of Larvik granite rocks from Norway will be delivered by sea to complete the construction of the rock groynes. Delivery of rock by sea can only take place at high tide, so this may take place at any time of the day or night according to the state of the tide; we are expecting the delivery early next week" said Cllr Dawn Poole, Hastings Borough Council's lead member for regeneration.
She added: "Once the granite is delivered and the new rock groynes have been completed, 25,000 tonnes of beach will be moved back from the harbour arm area to protect the sea wall - all essential works to protect our coastline."
Working through East Kent Engineering Partnership who has expertise in marine construction and coastal protection, Canterbury City Council's engineering services will be supervising the works on behalf of the council. The works will last for approximately 10 weeks, depending on the weather.
Business community in Hastings aim to create a Hastings BID
The business community in Hastings has come together to push forward a Hastings BID (Business Improvement District)
There are currently more than 230 BIDs throughout the UK, cumulatively investing over £200 million in projects decided upon by their respective local business communities. For the first time in Hastings the business community could have a budget which could be used to bring about change and increase business.
The Hastings BID, to be managed by a newly created Hastings Town Centre BID Company, aims to improve the experience for residents, visitors and businesses in Hastings and to market the town as a great place to work, live, shop and visit. It wants to reflect the ethnic and cultural diversity of the town, provide a voice and support for town centre businesses and lever in more money from other sources to supplement budgets.
"The Hastings BID affects businesses and amenities in the town with a rateable value of over £5000 and the money generated, which could be in excess of £1 million over the first five year term, will fund eighteen additional town centre projects within four themes" said Cllr Dawn Poole, Hastings Borough Council's lead member for regeneration.
The four themes are a better feel for the town centre, better connections and communications, a stronger business voice and a safer place.
"Businesses are being encouraged to vote in the Hastings BID ballot which takes place between 13 October and 10 November 2016, look out for ballot papers which will be arriving soon. 100% of funds generated by the BID will be held by the BID Company to spend locally on its approved projects" added Cllr Poole.
To find out more about the Hastings Bid visit www.hastingsbid.co.uk
Grotbuster success in St Andrews Square
The council's Grotbuster initiative is continuing to have significant success in turning around run down and derelict buildings and other unattractive sites in Hastings and has once again achieved excellent results, this time in St Andrews Square.
Last year, councillors and council officers went on a Grotbuster walk in the St Andrews Square area to identify properties that were in need of action because of their poor appearance. As a result, warnings and/or enforcement notices were issued to a number of owners and successful legal action was taken against another.
"The action taken by the Grotbuster team has resulted in improvements being carried out to a number of properties in the St Andrews Square area and work being carried out on other properties as well" said Cllr Kim Forward Hastings Borough Council's lead member for housing.
"One of our priorities is to build better neighbourhoods and the Grotbuster scheme is helping us to do this. The cumulative effect around St Andrews Square has meant a big improvement in the overall appearance of the whole area which is great news for the people who live there and the town as a whole" added Cllr Forward.
The continuing work of the Grotbuster initiative has resulted in over 700 properties, structures and areas of land improved across the borough since the scheme began.