Press Releases week beginning 07 November 2016
Hastings Herring Fair Success
Organised by Hastings Borough Council, the 5th annual Hastings Herring Fair took place last weekend, 5th and 6th November.
The Hastings Herring Fair was set up 4 years ago to promote the herring which is in our seas at this time of year. The Hastings fishing fleet use traditional fishing methods which ensure that the fish are caught in a sustainable way, so helping to conserve the stocks.
"This is one of my favourite festivals of the year; chilly and intimate with a great atmosphere. We've had some tremendous feedback on how much visitors enjoyed the fair and it was good to see so many local people and visitors including some from as far afield as Cornwall attend" said Cllr Peter Chowney leader Hastings Borough Council, who opened the event on Saturday.
He added: "Although disappointingly there were few herring in the sea off Hastings due to the very warm weather, there was still plenty of fish for tasting including locally smoked kippers, bloaters and buckling and some excellent demonstrations in the Classroom on the Coast delivered by CJ Jackson from the famous Billingsgate Seafood Training School.
"The fair this year coincided with the fantastic news that we've been successful in the second round of Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) EU funding to the sum of £800 000. This could fund a number of future projects to benefit the local fishing industry including a brand for locally caught sustainable fish and a new ice making machine.
"Our thanks must go to everyone that helped organise the event, the traders, musicians and performers and of course all the visitors - it really was another famously fantastic fish fair."
Community sport schemes up for awards
Two schemes which promote sport and physical activity in Hastings and Rother are in the running for accolades in a Sussex-wide awards scheme.
Inclusive sport programme Sports For All and the Getting Rother Active project have made the final shortlist of three in the community impact award category in this year's Sussex Sports Awards.
The Sport For All programme is delivered by the Active Hastings Team with support from Active Rother; a partnership set up by Hastings Borough Council and Rother District Council to encourage people to take part in physical activity.
The scheme is part of a wider county initiative hosted by the charity Grace Eyre to encourage people to take part in physical activity.
"It's great news that these projects have been shortlisted for awards" said Cllr Dawn Poole, Hastings Borough Council's lead member for leisure.
"Sports For All works hard to provide a wide and varied range of activities to enable people with learning disabilities to get active including badminton, boccia, kickboxing, gymnastics and Zumba. We wish the schemes every success at the Sussex Sports Awards later this month. " added Cllr Poole.
Getting Rother Active, run by Rother District Council, provides walking into running, combat fitness and older people's table tennis classes in Bexhill, Sidley and Rye.
Cllr Jonathan Johnson, Rother District Council cabinet member for young people, sport and leisure, said: "These nominations are recognition of the fantastic work both these schemes do in the community.
"The benefits to health and wellbeing of regular physical exercise are well known and it's important we do everything possible to create opportunities for all - including people who might not otherwise take part in sport."
The Sussex Sports Awards are held every year and organised by Active Sussex, one of 45 County Sports Partnerships across England.
The Community Impact Award recognises exemplary projects in the county that have made a significant positive impact through sport to targeting social, cultural or health inequalities.
Award winners will be announced in a ceremony at The Grand Hotel, in Brighton, on Friday, November 25.
Granite arrives by barge in Hastings for Coastal Protection works
Tonnes of granite have arrived in Hastings today (Tuesday 8 November) as phase 1 of the town's coastal defence improvement plan starts.
"The arrival of tonnes of granite from Norway is the first stage of this phase of coastal protection works" said Cllr Dawn Poole lead member for regeneration for Hastings Borough Council.
"During phase 1, two new rock groynes will be created with the 45 000 tonnes of granite that will delivered in stages by barge at Carlisle Parade. Further works will be carried out along the beach by recycling and replenishing areas of shingle. Phase 2 is scheduled for 2017 and will see structural improvements made to the harbour arm including filling the gap!" explained Cllr Poole.
The project will cost £4 061 000 almost entirely funded by a Flood Defence Grant in Aid, from Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the council will contribute £30 000 towards the scheme, funded from its rolling capital defence works programme.
Bathing Water is confirmed as excellent by Environment Agency
Every year millions of people head to the coast to enjoy England's bathing waters and this year was no exception in Hastings.
The Environment Agency monitors water quality from May to September. There are four water quality classifications; excellent, good, sufficient or poor. These classifications are based on the level of bacteria in the water as sampled by the Environment Agency. Up to four years of results from 2013 to 2016 are combined to let you know how clean the water is when you go swimming or paddle.
" We are very pleased to announce that the bathing water quality at Pelham beach, Hastings has been classified as good and St Leonards has been classified as excellent at the end of the 2016 season, which means that the bathing water quality is generally very good at our beaches" said Cllr Peter Chowney leader Hastings Borough Council.
He added "We have worked hard to ensure that the bathing water quality is consistently good. The Hastings Bathing Water Quality Executive group continues to work together to understand the risks to bathing water quality and put measures in place to make improvements.
"Using the results from Southern Water's sewer network investigations the partnership has identified and is rectifying misconnections in the Hastings area and dual manholes are also being investigated and corrected. Planting in the Alexandra Park stream and the floating islands all slow the flow of water and has helped to capture sediment and increase exposure to ultraviolet light, all of which helps kill and filter bacteria before it enters the bathing water. Opening the previously culverted streams and making them tumble over rocks not only looks attractive, but also gets oxygen into the water. That encourages the growth of micropredators that eat harmful bacteria.
"The Clean Seas Please campaign has worked to change behaviours that can negatively impact the bathing water quality by highlighting the link between surface water and the sea and what should and should not go into the drains.
"Everyone has a part to play in protecting and improving our great bathing waters. If we continue to work together to reduce pollution, we can improve water quality and ensure our bathing waters and coastal communities continue to thrive."