Press Releases week beginning 14 November 2016
Criminal damage puts public at risk
Metal fencing put in place to protect the public from an area of unsafe footpath at Ecclesbourne Glen has intentionally been cut putting the public in danger.
Barriers were put in place by East Sussex County Council following continued slippage of the ground. The county council have recently extended their footpath closure orders for a further 18 months as the land is still slipping.
"Earlier this year the council installed a wooden post and rail barrier which regularly fell victim to criminal damage. As a barrier is required a new, stronger metal barrier was put in place of the wooden one, and this has now also been vandalised and cut. We are very concerned that someone is intent on putting the public in danger by this type of criminal activity" said Cllr Warren Davies, Hastings Borough Council's lead member for environment.
He added "We are appealing to the public for help. If anyone has any information about this criminal damage we urge them to contact the police on the non-emergency line 101 or on- line by email: email@example.com or Hastings Borough Council firstname.lastname@example.org
Hastings secures a town centre BID
Organisations in Hastings Town Centre have voted to introduce a Business Improvement District (BID).
Voting took place between 13 October and 10 November and a total of 456 businesses and organisations in Hastings town centre were eligible to place their vote for or against the BID, a total of 206 votes were cast
In order for the vote to be to be a 'Yes' and therefore for the BID to proceed the ballot had to secure aggregate rateable value in favour and a majority vote in favour of the BID.
A total of 206 votes were cast with an aggregate rateable value £10 058 400. Of those 206 votes cast 148 were in favour (72%) and the aggregate rateable value in favour was £5 576 950 (55%) therefore the BID will go ahead.
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.
"This is excellent news for businesses and organisations in our town centre. The Hastings BID will start on 01 April 2017 and will fund eighteen additional town centre projects within four themes; a better feel for the town centre, better connections and communications, a stronger business voice and a safer place" said Cllr Dawn Poole, Hastings Borough Council's lead member for regeneration.
She added "All funds generated by the BID will be held by the newly created BID Company to spend locally on its approved projects. Our thanks must go to all that have been involved in getting this project up and running".
To find out more about the Hastings Bid visit www.hastingsbid.co.uk
Lest We Forget :- Poppy Fundraising Train Visits Hastings
A special poppy-liveried train visited Hastings earlier today (Saturday 12th November) as part of a tour of Sussex and Kent to raise funds for the Royal British Legion.
The Class 395 'Javelin' trains normally run between St Pancras International and east Kent via HS1,the new high speed rail line. The special tour, which took the trains literally far off their beaten track into West Sussex and then back along the East Sussex coast, was organised by Andy Harding, Southeastern's Cl 395 Fleet Engineering Manager, and Kent Evenden, a High Speed Driver Manager for Southeastern. All of the crew were volunteers, and it was hoped that the special train would raise £25 000 for the Royal British Legion.
The train was met on arrival at Hastings station by the town's mayor, Cllr Judy Rogers. Cllr Rogers said :-"I was very pleased to welcome the train to Hastings, especially as it was supporting such a good cause. The train was packed, and I must pay tribute to Andy Harding and Kent Evenden for organising the trip, and to all of the volunteers who helped ensure it ran smoothly.
"It was great to see the Javelin trains at Hastings, I just wish they could visit the town much more regularly as part of a high speed service to London. It would be fantastic to see Hastings join the high speed network."