Press Releases week beginning 05 December 2016
Residents targeted in council tax scam
Hastings residents have reported being contacted by an organisation fraudulently offering them a discount on their council tax in exchange for an administration fee.
"This is a scam, and the organisation have no association with Hastings Borough Council," said Cllr Peter Chowney, the council leader. "If you receive a call like this, don't give them any details at all."
Gifts by local artists now on sale at Tourist Information Centre
Hastings Information Centre has now expanded its stock to include a wider variety of gifts for all tastes and budgets, perfect in the run up to Christmas.
"We are really excited to offer some lovely gift ideas for Christmas all produced by local artists and craftsmen and women" said Cllr Kim Forward Hastings Borough Council's lead member for tourism.
She added: "We have framed photos and prints by Claire Land and John Wilhelm, jewellery by Clare Van Moppes, fine bone china featuring local scenes by James Dean Pottery which is exclusive to us, glass ornaments from the Glass Sculptress and mirrors by Alison Purdy and Hastings Furniture Services. This all sits alongside our usual range of calendars and Christmas cards too. Come and have a browse, you're bound to find something special."
The Tourist Information Centre at Breeds Place is open daily to provide a wide range of information and advice on attractions, coach tours and bus tickets, Southern Day Save train tickets, theatre and event tickets, National Express Coach bookings, souvenirs and gifts. They can also assist with parking permits and pink recycling sacks.
Hastings property manager fined
A property manager has been fined for failing to produce when requested the necessary electrical test certificates and for failing to licence a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) he manages in Hastings.
Colin Young of Wartling Road, Eastbourne was summonsed to appear at Hastings Magistrates court on Friday 25 November to answer the two charges.
The HMO in Braybrooke Road, Hastings is required to be licensed under Part 2 of the Housing Act 2004 but Young has failed to do this. Young also failed to provide the local housing authority with an electrical certificate showing that every fixed electrical installation had been inspected and tested at intervals not exceeding five years by a qualified person.
"We take matters like this very seriously indeed and will prosecute landlords and property managers if they fail to comply with legislation for managing HMO's" said Cllr Kim Forward, Hastings Borough Council's lead member for housing. "As the local housing authority we have a duty to protect tenants from rogue landlords and we will continue to seek out unlicensed properties and prosecute owners who ignore our requests to license their properties."
Colin Young did not attend court and he was proven guilty in his absence. He was fined £480 for each matter with £441 costs and £48 victim surcharge.
Cllr Forward added: "We are very disappointed that the fine is so low for a potentially life-threatening breach of responsibility. The manager is now being cooperative and has started to get the necessary certification in place but he will still need to licence the property. If he fails to do this we will take further legal action against him".
Billingsgate Seafood School to run seafood workshops in Hastings
Following on from a fabulous weekend at the Hastings Herring Fair the team from Billingsgate Seafood School are returning to deliver some workshops to make the very best of the local catch in Hastings.
The workshops entitled 'A box of seafood' will run twice a day on three dates early next year; 14 January, 11 February and 25 March. Each one will feature a box of seafood which will be the best of the local catch of that particular week. Attendees will learn about the species that appear in the box, how to prepare it and how to cook it.
There will be a different theme to each of the workshops and attendees will go home with fish and a recipe prepared for supper. 14 January will feature Hastings Fish Pie, 11 February aromatic Goan fish curry, as hot or mild as you like and 25 March seafood with smoked paprika, tomato and chilli spaghetti.
"We're really excited to welcome C J Jackson, CEO Billingsgate Seafood School, back to the Classroom on the Coast for this series of workshops" said Cllr Dawn Poole Hastings Borough Council's lead member for regeneration. "Her support and enthusiasm for our local fishermen and the catch is fantastic. One week the box of seafood may contain dabs, gurnard and whiting and the next it may be plaice, mackerel and cuttlefish. You'll get a feel for the seasonality of seafood and support the local fishermen at the same time. I really recommend these workshops; her knowledge and expertise is second to none".
Each two hour workshop costs £35 and includes all ingredients and recipes. Classes run at 9.30am to 11.30am and 12.15pm to 2.15pm each day.
Contact the Billingsgate Seafood School on 0207 517 3548 to make a booking.
Community Groups Help With White Rock Plans
Dozens of local people, representing community groups and other local stakeholders, have taken part in a workshop session to help plan the future of the White Rock area of Hastings.
The event was chaired by Cllr Dawn Poole, Hastings Borough Council's lead member for regeneration. She said :- "The workshop last Wednesday (30th November) was really successful, with some great ideas and suggestions for better use of the White Rock area being put forward by representatives of local community groups. The day had a real buzz about it, and everyone seemed really keen to play their part.
"Our architects, White Arkitekter, will now take these views into account as they develop a 'Masterplan' for the area, which is so underused at the moment.
"We hope to have the draft Masterplan early in the New Year. We will then consult further on this, before we start to turn these ideas into reality."