Press Releases week beginning 31 October 2016
6 Fisheries Local Action Groups to share £4.8 million of funding
Hastings Borough Council is pleased to announce that they have been awarded a share of £4.8 million in the latest round of funding.
The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) made the announcement this week (01 November) that £800,000 funding under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) has been offered to each of the six Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs).
Hastings, Cornwall, Dorset and East Devon, Holderness, North of Tyne and North Thames will each receive £800,000 to progress their local development strategies to benefit and develop fisheries, coastal communities and the wider supply chain infrastructure
"This is really excellent news and our thanks must go to all who have been involved in supporting the FLAG programme and developing the bid for the second round of funding" said Cllr Dawn Poole vice chair of FLAG and the council's lead member for regeneration.
She added: "As a small scale fishery there are several challenges from the Common Fisheries Policy reforms, which may or may not change as a result of leaving the EU, and this local development strategic will work to mitigate some of these challenges at a local level. Now with this new funding in place we hope to start implementation of the programme early in 2017"
Commenting on the offer of funding to FLAGs MMO Chief Executive John Tuckett said:
"We are delighted to be able to offer such significant funding to each of the FLAGs. Having worked with the FLAGs to develop their strategies and help them through the EMFF FLAG selection process over the last 11 months it is very rewarding to reach the point where these strategies can come to fruition.
We look forward to seeing the benefit the FLAGs will bring to their local areas, the wider fisheries sector and fishing communities as a whole"
New energy savings project launched in Hastings
Local residents and councillors attended the launch of the Climate Active Neighbourhoods (CAN) EU funded project at Christ Church, Ore on 1 November.
Supported by the Citizens Advice Bureau, The Big Local Project, Seaview and the Royal Voluntary Services and a number of other local groups, the project aims to raise awareness of energy savings at a neighbourhood level and offer real assistance to local people to help them save money on their fuel bills.
"Together with our partners AmicusHorizon and Energise Sussex Coast we are combining our resources to encourage local residents in the Ore, Tressell and Baird wards of Hastings to be proactive in reducing their energy costs" said Cllr Kim Forward Hastings Borough Council's lead member for housing and communities.
She added "At the launch event project partners explained how the local community can get involved and there were a number of information stands and advisors on hand to discuss how residents can benefit from the CAN project. If you'd like help and advice on how to reduce your energy bills call into one of energy advice clinics at the Community and Advice Hub in St Leonards on Mondays 9.30 - 3pm or at the Town Hall in Hastings on Tuesdays 9.30am - 3pm - remember to take your utility bills!
"We are really looking forward to working with local groups and residents in Ore on new community energy schemes. Saving energy and generating our own energy is a great way to get the whole community working together to make the future safer and brighter for the next generation," said Richard Watson Energise Sussex Coast
Andrew Piper AmicusHorizon commented: "AmicusHorizon is committed to providing warm and cost efficient homes in a sustainable way. By installing upgrades in our housing stock, we hope to improve the health and welfare of Ore residents as well as contributing to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions".
If you would like to find out more about this project and how you could benefit contact Diana Lock at Diana.Lock@amicushorizon.org.uk or alternatively call Diana on 07771 821855