Press Releases week beginning 10 December 2018
Hastings Council successful prosecution
Hastings Borough Council have successfully prosecuted landlord Thomas Brian Rogers of Wricklemarsh Road, London for a number of breaches of licensing conditions with fines totalling £11,332 for a rented property in Cambridge Gardens.
Andy Batsford, lead councillor for housing said,
"The Council continues to show that we will not tolerate landlords who fail to provide decent housing in our community. We are making huge strides to ensure that every one in Hastings lives in a safe home. If you are a landlord that is falling short of the standards, good landlords, residents and the council expect we will prosecute, and we will win".
The council withdrew two charges, and Mr Rogers pled guilty to the remaining 16 charges. The charges were for a failure to provide bathroom facilities, failing to prevent antisocial behaviour, failing to maintain the property and gardens, failing to maintain fire escapes and failing to display licenses.
The prosecution was brought under Section 72 of the Housing Act 2004 (breach of licence conditions for Houses of Multiple Occupation) and Section 234 of the Housing Act 2004 (breach of regulations for Houses of Multiple Occupation).
Sandhurst recreation ground closed
Vandals have unfortunately broken into the large changing pavilion at Sandhurst recreation ground on the Ridge on the evening of Wednesday 5th December and the early hours of the following Thursday.
Considerable damage has been caused to the internal parts of the building. The changing room, which was only recently newly refurbished by Hastings Borough Council was stripped of its copper piping, heaters and cabling. All the fixtures were also smashed.
Colin Fitzgerald, lead councillor for the environment said,
"This stupid act of vandalism and theft costs our community money at a time when the effects of austerity are being very keenly felt. It will take at least three months before the damage can be completely repaired. In the meantime, the clubs who play there will have to do without a changing room, or move to another pitch. I'd therefore urge anyone with information on what took place to contact the police"
An Initial estimate for repairs is likely to be in the region of 5k to 6k.
This Girl Can-Fit Got Real
Hastings Borough Council and East Sussex County Council's Active Hastings team have linked up with Sport England's This Girl Can campaign to bring an exciting new session to Hastings in the new year.
Andy Batsford, lead councillor for leisure said,
"Sport England's Active Lives surveys showed that 45% of women aged 16 and over in Hastings are not active enough to get the full health benefits of sport and physical activity, compared to 39% of men. It's the start of the new year so it's a great opportunity to get into some healthy 2019 new habits".
On 7 January 2019, Active Hastings will launch #Fit Got Real at Concordia Hall from 7.30-8.15pm. The 6 week course is especially for women who have done very little or no exercise over the last few years; those women who do not want to, or do not feel confident or fit enough to join a leisure centre exercise class. The course is just £2 per week or £10 for the full 6 weeks. Booking is essential so please email Active Hastings on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01424 451051.
Cliff fall at White Rock
Hastings Borough Council has evacuated residents from their homes at 22 White Rock Hastings. People are strongly advised to stay away from the cliff top area.
A large rock fell onto the flat roof of the ground floor shop and a larger rock had come through the rear wall of the first floor flat, which was only discovered when the tenant of the flat returned home. Council officers found alternative accommodation for those directly affected, but are delivering advice to householders because of the safety implications for those living in the immediate area. The Council will arrange for the cliff to be re-surveyed from the 2016 report. We will provide updates as they become available on hastings.gov.uk