Press Releases week beginning 19 November 2018
Hastings lightheaded after winning national award
Hastings Borough Council is celebrating after its Bottle Alley lighting scheme won ‘Outdoor lighting project of the year’ award at the prestigious 2018 LUX awards, which took place in London last Thursday (15th November).
Bottle Alley is a ¼ km long covered walkway along Hastings seafront, to the west of Hastings pier, built in the 1930s. One side is covered in coloured broken glass, hence its name, the other has amazing views of the pier and sea.
The lights are LED multi-coloured programmable lighting, with each individual LED being programmable.
The scheme was one of nine installations to be shortlisted, out of over 50 applications; others shortlisted included Alexandra Palace telecommunications mast, Hull City public realm, Westminster Bridge Road London and Newport Bridge. The judges praised Bottle Alley for its transformative nature, particularly its impact on the regeneration of that part of the seafront and the way it engaged the community.
Hastings Borough Council was also shortlisted in the Client of the Year category for the Bottle Alley project, in recognition of the great relationship the council has, and maintained, with its contractors throughout the process.
Council leader Cllr Peter Chowney said :- “I am obviously delighted that we have won this award. Bottle Alley has been transformed from an unpleasant, dark walkway that many people avoided to a fantastic attraction in its own right. Our nightly light shows, and extended light show on Fridays, have proved really popular with residents and visitors alike. We can also change the lighting scheme to reflect the various events that take place here in Hastings, so turning Bottle Alley green during Jack in the Green, for example.
“Thanks must go to Laser Energy Ltd who provided the procurement framework for the project, and contractors World Busy, PR Lighting and Osram, all of whom view Bottle Alley as an exemplar project and are as proud of the project as we are.
“I would also like to thank the various council staff involved in the project. One, Hannah Brookshaw, gave a speech at the LUX Safer Cities conference the day before the award ceremony, highlighting the positive impact the lights have had on the space, the community and surrounding area.”
Hastings project to focus on Lady Brassey: photographer, traveller, collector
Hastings Museum and Art Gallery are joint partners with the University of Sussex for an Arts and Humanities Research Council project to map the collections and photography of Annie, Lady Brassey.
Kim Forward, deputy leader of Hastings Borough Council and lead councillor for culture said, "This project will re-evaluate Annie Brassey’s role as a photographer in relation to her travels around the world. It will use the photographs to develop our appreciation of the objects she collected while travelling. The role and work of female photographers in the history of early photography has been largely overlooked and this project will give a broader understanding of women photographers in Victorian Britain. Annie's albums will help to map the Brassey collections in Hastings (and Bexhill.)"
Annie Brassey (1839-1887) was a traveller, writer and collector who was famous during her lifetime for her published diaries, A Voyage in the Sunbeam: Our Home on the Ocean for Eleven Months. The diaries recorded her family and crew’s travels around the world in their steam-powered yacht R.Y.S Sunbeam from 1876-1877.
Through exchanging, purchasing and receiving gifts, Annie Brassey obtained remarkable objects from the many countries she visited: sculpture, fabrics, weapons, paintings and works on paper. She also collected numerous plant and animal specimens.
Annie considered the R. Y. S Sunbeam and her homes at Normanhurst Court, Sussex, and at 24 Park Lane, London, as living museums and she invited both friends and the general public to view her collections.
This project will also evaluate Lady Brassey’ s remaining collections and photography albums held at Hastings Museum & Art Gallery, Bexhill Museum, the Keep Archives, Hastings Library and the Huntington Museum, California.
Hastings Borough Council successful prosecution
Hastings Borough Council has successfully prosecuted Mr Oliver Seath of Hereward Road, Eastbourne. He was found guilty in his absence with regards to the failure to comply with improvement notices.
The case concerned 16a Saxon Street St Leonards. Mr Seath is the leaseholder of the property. Hastings Borough Council’s housing enforcement team inspected the property in October 2017. It was found that the flat had no working heating system, no hot water provision to the bathroom, hand basin and kitchen sink and no fully operating toilet. HBC served two improvement notices under the Housing Act 2004 and an abatement notice under S80 of the Environmental Protection Act.
Mr Seath was required to address these matters and provide his tenant with a working heating system and toilet facilities. He did not deal with any of the notices.
Andy Batsford, lead councillor for housing said, " This is another good result for the Housing Enforcement Team. A tenant should not have to live without the basic amenities of heating and working toilet facilities in a property they are renting. Whilst disrepair sometimes occurs, it is unacceptable that irresponsible landlords leave tenants for unacceptable periods of time before dealing with the issue, or in this case, fail to repair the problems at all. I hope this case shows to our responsible landlords that we do identify and successfully prosecute those who bring their business into disrepute."
Mr. Seath was fined £700 on 9 November 2018 for each offence totalling £2100, council costs of £860 and a victim surcharge of £70.
Shout out for Small Business Saturday
Hastings Borough Council is supporting local residents and visitors to support ‘Small Business Saturday’ on 1st December.
Council leader Cllr Peter Chowney explained :- "Although we’ve got some fantastic large stores in Hastings, we’ve got some amazing small independent ones too, and Small Business Saturday is an ideal opportunity to explore some of these hidden gems. They could be nestling in the town centre, perhaps in Queens Arcade, or in George Street and the High Street in the Old Town. Or there’s Norman Road or Kings Road in St Leonards, Silverhill, Ore Village, etc., etc., etc.
"You can often find bargains in these smaller shops, and certainly the quirky and unusual :- typical for Hastings!
"Lots of local people work in local shops, so there really are lots of good reasons to shop local. Do venture closer to home on 1st December, you may well be very pleasantly surprised what is on our doorstep."
Fantastic fish fair
This weekend’s Herring Fair has been hailed as one of the best ever by visitors and stallholders.
Thousands of people flocked to the event on the Stade open space, in Hastings Old Town. It was organised by Hastings Borough Council, to help support the local fishing industry, and encourage more people to visit the town out of season.
As well as many stalls selling herring, there were cookery demonstrations in the Classroom on the Coast by CJ Jackson, the chief executive of The Billingsgate Seafood School and star of the Sunday Brunch show; herring filleting demonstrations by ‘Tush’ Hamilton; net making demonstrations by local fisherman Richard Read; the traditional net blessing ceremony, conducted by Fr Luke Irvine-Capel; and music throughout the weekend from local artists.
Council leader Cllr Peter Chowney opened the fair, and said :- "The Herring Fair is one of my favourite events, and we’ve had some really great feedback on the weekend. The weather was perfect – bright, crisp, sunshine – and it was probably the busiest Herring Fair we have ever had.
"Not only is it a great visitor attraction, it’s got a serious point too. Our fishery, comprised entirely of small, under ten metre boats, struggles with quota, and is also vulnerable to bad weather. Herring is less popular than it used to be, and although undervalued is a seriously versatile fish. Promoting its use helps the local fishing industry, and the local economy.
"It also helps us promote our local product :- many sellers were proud to display the Hastings fish brand.
"I’d like to thank the Hastings Borough Council staff, stallholders, musicians and visitors who made the Herring Fair the success it was."