Press Releases week beginning 12 December 2016
Youth Council submit petition to Home Secretary
Following on from the successful Love Hastings, Love Yourself event held in Hastings (October 2016) to celebrate World Mental Health Day, Hastings Youth Council has submitted a petition to Amber Rudd Home Secretary and MP for Hastings and Rye.
The Youth Council is petitioning Government to appoint a mental health minister to overlook and monitor mental health and ensure that the Clinical Commissioning Group and other organisations respond to the growing mental health crisis in Britain.
They presented the petition with over 280 signatures to Amber Rudd MP on Friday 09 December at her local constituency office in St Leonards.
"Mental health is very important to the young people in Hastings and this is why it's been a campaign of ours" said Huda Caglayan chair Hastings Youth Council.
"We need more investment and commitment to tackling mental health issues and it's hoped our petition may lead to this" she added.
"The Youth Council is committed to highlighting mental health issues in young people locally and we fully support them in their endeavours" said Cllr Kim Forward, the council's lead member for communities.
Fly tippers set to cost taxpayers £80,000 this year
Hastings residents are being urged to report fly tippers, to help Hastings Borough Council crack down on a growing problem.
Last year, there were 1,712 incidents of fly tipping, costing the council £59,920 to clear up. In 2016 the picture is looking even worse, with 1,535 incidents up to 31 October and forecasted costs of over £80,000 by the end of the year.
"This is a real problem for our communities, causing danger and inconvenience to residents as well as large costs," said Cllr Warren Davies, the council's lead member for environment. "Fly tipping is on the rise and with fewer street wardens and police community support officers on the streets, councillors are now the main people reporting it so we are urging residents to help us.
"The online form is really quick and simple to fill out, just tell us where the fly tipping is, and if you actually saw it being dumped then include any useful information such as the time and date or a vehicle registration. If it's safe to take a photo, you can upload that too."
You can report fly tipping quickly and easily at my.hastings.gov.uk, the council's on line self-service system. The council investigates all reports, visiting nearby homes and looking at CCTV and other evidence. Fly tipping carries a fine of up to £20,000, and offenders can even be sent to prison.
If you need to dispose of bulky items and you can't take them to the tip yourself, Hastings Borough Council offers a collection service for £21 for up to three items. To book a collection call 01424 451077, this will be suspended over the Christmas period but will be available again from 02 January 2017. And from February 2017, residents will be also be able to book a bulky waste collection via my.hastings.gov.uk
If your items are still in good condition and meet safety regulations, you could pass them to someone else via Freecycle or Freegle, or local charities may be willing to pick them up to sell in their stores - try Hastings Furniture Service, British Heart Foundation, Oxfam. St Michael's Hospice and Emmaus.
Council Moves to Online Publication of Planning Notices
As part of its move to provide more services digitally and online, and following the launch of its new customer friendly and more interactive website earlier this summer, Hastings Borough Council will no longer be sending out neighbourhood notification letters by post to alert people to planning applications in their area.
"These changes have arisen from a wider review of council procedures with a view to making efficiencies, meeting our statutory duties and moving to a 'digital by design' approach where possible" said Cllr Kim Forward the council's lead member for planning.
She added "In line with other authorities our budget council on 24 February 2016 agreed that neighbourhood notification letters for planning applications would no longer be sent out. Eye catching yellow site notices will be placed in the near neighbourhood and I encourage people to sign up for a My Hastings account on the council's self-service system; they will see a list of all open planning applications in their postcode area".
Information about planning applications can be found on-line and the 21 day period within which people have to comment on applications will stay the same. Yellow site notices will be erected for the majority of planning applications to notify neighbours about applications close to them. Residents can also look up planning applications in their area via the council's website: www.hastings.gov.uk/planning