Press Releases week beginning 18 June 2018
Council's bittersweet reaction to Hastings pier sale
Hastings Borough Council is obviously pleased that the town's pier has a long term future, but has expressed concerns about the sale process.
Council spokesperson Kevin Boorman explained :- "We are very pleased that our pier, one of the town's most popular attractions, has had so much interest, and that it has been sold as a going concern.
"We cannot comment on the new owner's plans, as he has not yet shared them with us. We do hope that we are able to meet him very soon.
"We did meet some of the other bidders, and their plans were exciting; we are disappointed that they weren't given the time they asked for to develop them, as they could have had a major transformational effect on the town.
"We know that a lot of people, paid staff and many volunteers, have worked very hard indeed over the past few years to secure a long term future for the pier, and we would like to pay tribute to them. If it hadn't been for their efforts, the pier would not have been saved. We are very grateful indeed for all that they have done."
Honouring the World War I Centenary in Béthune, France
Deputy Mayor of Hastings Councillor James Bacon attended a wreath laying ceremony in Béthune, France, on behalf of the town of Hastings earlier this month.
The deputy mayor said, "It was such an honour to be one of the representatives from Hastings in the Centenary event of the First World War in our twin town of Bethune. I met the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Bethune, as well as taking part in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Bristol Stele, remembering all those who lost their lives during the 1914-1918 conflict."
The trip also included a private view of "Béthune à l'heure anglaise, regard d'un collectionneur" which contained a large collection of letters, postcards and period objects that trace the very special relationship that Béthune established with the British during World War I. Councillor Bacon said, "Thank you to the Hastings Association of Twin Towns for all of the hard work and time they put into keeping the relationship going between out twin towns. We look forward to welcoming representatives from Bethune when they visit Hastings later in the year."
Government mandatory landlord licensing scheme to begin in October 2018
Government confirms landlord licensing extension
The Government has confirmed that the extension of mandatory Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licensing is due to come into force from 1st October 2018, subject to Parliamentary approval.
The regulations bring purpose built flats where there are up to two flats in the block, into the scope of mandatory licensing. They also remove the three storey rule, at present mandatory licensing applies to HMOs of at least three storeys and five occupants comprising two or more family units.
Hastings Borough Council's lead councillor for housing, Cllr Andy Batsford said, "We are very pleased that the national policy on HMOs has aligned itself with trail blazing councils like our own. The need to ensure that every one in Hastings lives in a safe and secure home is one of our priorities and the local, and now national, HMO licensing scheme is an essential part of that work.
"I ask all those landlords who think they need a licence to contact us and complete the correct applications required. Our staff will offer support but will also continue the important job of enforcement on behalf of all our residents in Hastings."
HMOs affected that are currently licensed under an Additional Licensing scheme will be incorporated into the mandatory scheme