Press Releases week beginning 15 May 2017
Walkers Cache In
A group of walkers were introduced to the mysterious world of geocaching on Sunday (14th May) as part of the 1066 Walking Festival.
1066 Country Marketing's Kevin Boorman led the walk. He said :- "This is our third walking festival, and we like to try different variations on the theme. Geocaching is a really great way of adding interest to walks, and discovering new places, so we thought we'd try a geocaching walk.
"Our group of walkers were all geocaching novices, fortunately we had two young experts on hand to help us, 'GC Harribo', and 'Geocacher Owain.' They explained what geocaching is, the different sorts of geocache there are, and how to find them.
"In all we found nine geocaches between Grosvenor Gardens, at the western end of the seafront in St Leonards, and Hastings Pier, which we were very pleased with. And the drinks and cake waiting for us on the pier were much appreciated!
"All of the walkers enjoyed themselves, and have said that they want to continue finding geocaches. I'm very grateful to Geocacher Owain and GC Harribo for providing the invaluable technical advice.
"Our walking festival continues until 21st May, details of walks still to come can be found at www.visit1066country.com/walkingfestival "
Council Eases Planning Process
Hastings Borough Council has introduced a new on-line 'self-certification' service which will help local residents decide whether or not their home improvements will need planning permission.
Planning services manager Eleanor Evans explained :- "If you are considering extending your home or carrying out other improvements, this new process will help you work out quickly whether planning permission is needed or not. Information regarding self-certification can be found on the planning pages of the council's web site."
The self certification pages can be found at https://www.hastings.gov.uk/planning/need/selfassessment/
Issued on behalf of the Hastings Sierra Leone Friendship Link, supported by Hastings Borough Council:
10th Town Twinning Anniversary Celebrations Echo to the Sound of Brass
The celebrations of the tenth anniversary of the twinning of Hastings, East Sussex with Hastings, Sierra Leone continue next week with a concert by Sussex Brass. Following on from celebrations in Hastings Sierra Leone in February when a team of teachers and health workers visited our twin town, Sussex Brass will perform at St Matthew's Church, St Matthews Road, St. Leonards on Friday 26th May starting at 7.15pm.
Richard Homewood, Chair of the Friendship Link said, "This year has been extremely busy so far with the team visiting Sierra Leone to promote education skills and good practice whilst others worked with the Hastings Health Centre team to help improve facilities for health care. The local Community and the Government in Sierra Leone took part in the tenth anniversary celebrations there and we were fortunate to have the Deputy Mayor accompany our team and meet with Ministers and local government officials in Sierra Leone. We are pleased to say the Mayor will be supporting this local event."
He went on to say, "We have achieved a tremendous amount over the past ten years helping extend the Health Centre, helping them through the Ebola crisis and continuing to expand the number of twinned schools. But there is still a lot to do and we need the continuing support of the community here in the Hastings, UK to enable our work to continue. We would be delighted to see everyone there at 7.15pm on Friday 26th, Sussex Brass always put on an amazing performance and we know from past experience that it will be a truly enjoyable event."
All funds raised will go directly to the work in Education that we are supporting in Sierra Leone. Tickets are £10 (£5 for students) and can be obtained in advance from our secretary by calling 01424 436603 or purchased on the door. Refreshments will be provided during the interval.
More information about the Friendship Link and its work can be found at:- http://www.hastingshastings.org.uk/
1066 Cycling Festival
Now in its second year, the 1066 Cycling Festival is a FREE two day festival celebrating everything cycling. The festival will run over the weekend of 17 and 18 June at two venues in Hastings and Bexhill.
Organised by Hastings Borough Council's Active Hastings team and Active Rother at Rother District Council, the event will showcase some fantastic cycling events, demonstrations and family fun activities.
On both days visitors can see Savage Skills Stunt team, Rollapaluza, have a go balance and adapted bikes provided by ESCC, bike decorating with Treasure Tots and have your bike MOT'd by Handsome Bicycles. Pav Bryan Cycle Coaching and Nutritional Fit will also be on hand.
On Saturday 17 June, the festival runs from 11am to 3pm at the Stade Open Space, Hastings. At The Source Park there will be 15 minute demos at 12 noon, 1pm and 2pm and adapted and balance bikes will be in The Multi Use Games Area (near crazy golf). LaDinamo Funky bike band play along Hastings' seafront, Play Hastings will be running arts and crafts at the Stade Open Space and from 7pm Bike Bomb races will take place in Bottle Alley (next to the Pier). For keen cyclists, Handsome Bicycles have organised Hastings first Sportive - Historic Half Hundred; a 50 mile ride taking in the best of views of 1066 country. There will also be Bikeability taster sessions provided by CycleSafe, plus local rides.
The fun continues on Sunday 18 June at the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill from 11am to 3pm with events including LaDinamo Funky bike band playing along Bexhill seafront, The Brompton Challenge, Cycle Jumble sale, Molton Bike display, BBQ provide by Bexhill Lions club and local rides; Bexhill/Hastings Greenway Circular cycle ride led by 1066 Cycle club, Local Modern Vintage ride around Bexhill led by Classic Cycle Club and 1066 Coastal Cultural Trail Ride and Picnic led by Bexhill Wheelers.
For more information and to view the full festival programme visit www.visit1066country.com/cyclingfestival or call Eugenie on 01424 451051
Property owner fined £28K for breach of licensing regulations
Hastings Borough Council has successfully prosecuted a property freeholder for breaching management regulations for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO's).
As part of the council's Coastal Space enforcement project, council officers undertook a proactive inspection of a house in multiple occupation at 49 Carisbrooke Road, Hastings where they identified a number of problems regarding the management of the property.
Hastings Magistrates Court heard evidence on 12 May 2017 of multiple breaches of the Licensing and Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (Additional Provisions) (England) Regulations relating to the property. A total of 18 offences were brought before the magistrates including issues such as poor means of escape in the event of a fire, lack of safety checks on the electrical installation and poor decorative repair of the property including loose and missing handrails to stairs, damp penetration and loose and worn carpets.
The freeholder of the property, Mr Tom Wallace of Boscobel Road, St Leonards did not attend the court and was found guilty in absence of all 18 offences. He was fined £ 1,500 for each offence, with £ 960 legal costs and £ 150 victim surcharge, making a total fine of £28,110.00
"There are many very good and responsible landlords in the town. However, the council has a duty to protect tenants where they might be exploited by less scrupulous property owners" said Andrew Palmer, the council's assistant director for housing and built environment.
He added: "Management legislation ensures a level playing field for all and establishes agreed standards that should be met by all landlords and property owners. Inevitably this will lead to prosecutions if landlords fail to comply with the legislation. It is preferable if landlords adhere to management conditions without the necessity of taking court action."
Active Hastings launch new 16 week activity programme
Active Hastings, a partnership project between Hastings Borough Council and East Sussex County Council launched a new 16 week programme of free activities in Alexandra Park.
ParkLives, run in partnership with StreetGames was launched on Saturday (13 May) in Alexandra Park, Hastings with RAW Family Games and Family Nature Hunts. The 16 week programme of activities aims to get families and young people active throughout the summer. Activities on offer include family games, tennis coaching, girls football, body weight boot camps, a football tournament and family nature hunts.
ParkLives will run from 13 May to 30 August in award winning Alexandra Park. It's an easy way to get the best out of your local park and all the activities take place in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere.
Why not get out and get active - the full programme of activities can be can be found at www.activehastings.org.uk/parklives
Council approves Dog Control and Anti-Social Behaviour Public Space Protection Orders
At a special meeting of cabinet on 15 May Hastings Borough councillors unanimously agreed the proposed amendments to the draft Dog Control and Anti-Social Behaviour Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) to reflect the feedback received during the public consultation period.
"Although we already had Dog Control Orders and Byelaws, the changes in legislation imposed upon us meant that we needed to introduce the Dog Control PSPO by this October. Plus the serious problems we have been experiencing with the street community meant that we also needed to develop a PSPO to help tackle anti-social behaviour, and drug and alcohol nuisance affecting the town. But, this is good news for Hastings; we want every visitor and resident to make the most of public areas in the town, and these PSPOs will go a long way to address some of the issues we currently have" said the council's assistant director for environment, Mike Hepworth.
He added: "We've had some really encouraging and useful feedback from residents, the police and other organisations, which has meant that we have been able to make amendments to the original proposals. This includes amalgamating areas to make the anti-social behaviour restrictions simpler to understand and comply with. But also reducing the dogs on leads restrictions, such as at Linton and St Leonards Gardens where the time period for dogs to be on leads from April till October has been reduced to 9am to 5pm, and during the winter will only be from 10am 'till 4pm at weekends, with no week day restrictions".
The Orders will take effect from 12 June, in accordance with regulations published by the Secretary of State and the council's enforcement officer and wardens will focus on anti-social behaviour, littering and dog fouling.