Press Releases week beginning 03 April 2017
Jimmy Cauty's Aftermath Dislocation Principle (ADP) is back in town!
In partnership with Hastings Borough Council's Play Hastings team, In2play, Orbit Housing and the Heart of Hastings Community Land Trust, Jimmy Cauty has brought his post-apocalyptic world in miniature housed in a 40ft shipping container, back to Hastings.
The Aftermath Dislocation Principle has returned as part of the council's play days young volunteer projects which now includes events outside of the summer period.
Led by experienced community artist Sue Elliot from Art of Regeneration fifteen young people aged between 11 and 16 years joined play staff and volunteers last week (Tuesday 21 March) for a private viewing and to meet Jimmy, the acclaimed artist who created the Aftermath Dislocation Principle.
The young people viewed the miniature riot scenes through the many observation ports around the containers and then invited Jimmy back for pizza and cup of tea at the Adventure Play Ground where they chatted to him about his career and art work.
Jimmy Cauty's Aftermath Dislocation Principles 1, 2 and 3 will be open to the public on Saturday 8 April at the old power station site, Ore Valley as part of a free one day festival of riotous art installations, live music and free creative activities for families.
White Rock area to benefit from £812K Coastal Communities grant funding
Hastings Borough Council has been successful in its recent bid to the Coastal Communities Fund in the latest round of grant funding applications.
The grant worth £812,770 is for a new project called 'Destination White Rock, Hastings - Continuing the Economic Revival' and will enable the council and partners to revive the White Rock area with a total project value of £1.081m.
Led by the council, the Hastings Coastal Communities Team will manage a portfolio of projects to improve the economic wellbeing of the White Rock area.
Funding will contribute to projects at Rock House, a partially converted office block with a mix of uses, including commercial, residential and community, to provide affordable business development and commercial space. The adjoining Rock Alley will also benefit, with improvements allowing adjoining businesses to contribute to its economic revival and by giving another pathway between the White Rock seafront and inland.
The currently redundant water feature and White Rock promenade between the Pier and Source Park will be refurbished and traditional beach huts will be installed east of the Pier to encourage active use of this area of the beach.
The Source Park will develop a BMX Olympic inspired training programme and offer a series of local, regional and international BMX and skateboarding events to attract thousands of visitors extending the season throughout the year.
There will also be a community based business initiative, developing the local community to participate in and manage the economic revival of the area.
Project manager Kevin Boorman commented:
"This is excellent news for Hastings and the future development of our town. This funding will enhance the significance of the White Rock area as the geographical centre of Hastings and allow it to become a destination in its own right and, a great place to relax and do business. We will start work on these projects now and hope to see completion at the end of 2019."
Richard Moore the Source Park added: "This grant will help The Source Park realise its full potential as a global BMX and Skateboard centre of excellence. We're looking forward to building on the success of the Battle of Hastings contests to develop a series of events that showcases Hastings and the Source Park around the world. At the same time, our coaching program, the first of its kind in our sports, aims to give everyone the chance to learn our sports' and develop the stars of the future"
"Rock House is a unique creative and affordable space for living, working and community action. We're delighted that this grant will help us with the next phase of the refurbishment which will create new jobs and enterprises, while protecting the very special character of the White Rock/America Ground neighbourhood" said Jess Steele, White Rock Neighbourhood Ventures, social enterprise owners of Rock House
Together the projects aim to support 180 local businesses, create 12 tourism events, create over 180 jobs, increase visitor numbers by over 60,000 which in turn will create an extra £4m spend in support of the wider community.
Landlord with no licence prosecuted
Hastings Borough Council successfully prosecuted a landlord for failing to licence his property under the selective licensing scheme for private rented homes.
Since October 2015, privately rented homes must be licensed under the selective licensing scheme in seven wards of the borough. The aim of the scheme is to improve conditions, management standards and tenancy practices in the private rented sector to ensure that properties have a positive impact on the area and reduce anti-social behaviour.
Contrary to section 95(1) of the Housing Act 2004, Faruk Pandor of Mildenhall Road, London failed as a landlord to licence Flat 9, Sea House, George Street, Hastings, between 26 October 2015 and 10 January 2017.
Mr Pandor did not attend Hastings Magistrates Court on 24 March 2017 and despite licensing the property prior to the court case, he was proven guilty in absence and fined £440 with £432 costs and a £44 victim surcharge.
This is the first time the council have successfully prosecuted a landlord for not having a selective licence and with the pro-active approach they are taking in relation to unlicensed properties, it may not be the last.
Since the scheme launched in 2015, the council have received almost 6000 applications, which shows that many responsible landlords understand the need to licence.
For more information about the council's selective licensing scheme visit: https://www.hastings.gov.uk/selectivelicensing/
Sports For All Festival
The inclusive sport programme Sports For All in partnership with PODS 1066 will be holding a half day sports festival on Saturday 15 April at Horntye Sorts Park, Hastings.
This half day festival will offer sports and activities for children and adults with disabilities including Zumba, football, golf, judo and much more.
Activities start at 10am and will run through the day until 2pm. For more information contact the council's Sports For All officer Martin Eglington 07772 854732 or email him firstname.lastname@example.org.
The award winning (Community Impact Award) Sport For All programme is delivered by Hastings Borough Council's Active Hastings Team with support from Active Rother; a partnership set up by Hastings Borough Council and Rother District Council to provide people with learning disabilities increased opportunities to take part in physical activity.
This inclusive sports programme is part of a wider county initiative hosted by the charity Grace Eyre which encourages people to take part in physical activity.
On Track? Consultation On New Rail Franchise To Take Place In Hastings
The southeastern train operating company franchise, which includes the main line between Hastings and London via Tonbridge, expires in December 2018, and the franchise is being re-let.
Public consultation on the new franchise is now under way. The consultation document can be seen at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/604904/south-eastern-rail-franchise-public-consultation.pdf
The Department for Transport (DfT) are holding a number of 'drop in' sessions where members of the public can find out more about the proposals. Hastings Borough Council is hosting one of these, the only one in Sussex, next Saturday (8th April). It will be open from 11am until 2pm in Muriel Matters House, on Hastings seafront, with entry via the Tourist Information Centre by the fountain.
Kevin Boorman, the council's marketing & major projects manager, said :- "We are very pleased to host one of the public consultation sessions here in Hastings. Our rail links to London are vital, and the document notes that the Department for Transport '…want to speed up longer-distance journeys which save a very long journey time relative to the length of the route, for instance between London and Hastings.'
"It goes on to say that one option is to operate high speed services between St. Pancras and Rye, Hastings, and Bexhill via Ashford International, which is something that we are particularly keen on. We know from recent research we've carried out that a high speed rail connection to London would have a fantastic impact on the town, and its perception :- how it is seen as somewhere to live, work and visit.
"We want the DfT to see how much support there is for a high speed rail between London and Hastings, and hope that there is a good turnout at the event here on April 8th. We would also urge local people and businesses to respond to the franchise consultation."