Press Releases week beginning 29 May 2017
Failure To License Costs Landlords Dear
Three landlords have been fined for not licensing their properties in Hastings.
The cases were heard at Hastings Magistrates Court last Friday (26th May).
The case against Jonathan Pett, of Priam's Way Stapleford Cambridge, was proven guilty in his absence and he was fined £600, with costs of £432 and a victim surcharge of £60 for failing to license a flat in Brittany Road, St Leonards.
Angela Wright of Chigwell Road London pleaded guilty by letter and was fined £200, with costs of £432 and a victim surcharge of £20 for failing to license a house in Hurrell Road, Hastings.
Neil Gould of Seaside Road St Leonards pleaded guilty by letter and was fined £500 with costs of £432 and a victim surcharge of £50 for failing to license a house in Percy Road, Hastings.
Matthew China, the council's housing renewal manager, explained :- "All landlords within certain parts of the town are required to license their accommodation with the council.
"The licensing scheme helps us ensure that the quality of the rented accommodation is of the required standard. Most landlords are great, but there are some whose properties do not meet the required standards, which is why it is vital that landlords do license their accommodation with us.
"The magistrates took into account the circumstances relating to each case and sentenced accordingly.
"These property owners have found to their cost that we do take this scheme seriously, and further prosecutions are likely. I would urge any landlord who rents property in Hastings to visit https://www.hastings.gov.uk/housing/improvement/selective_licensing_scheme/ and check and see if they need to apply for a licence."
These (little) feet are made for walking...
'Walk To School Week' has been another great success in Hastings.
Walk to school week is organised by national charity Living Streets, whose ambition is that every child that can walk to school, does.
Active Hastings, a partnership project between Hastings Borough Council and East Sussex County Council, share this ambition and worked with schools in Hastings to encourage all children to walk to school during Walk to School Week, which took place from the 15th to 19th May.
Cath Donovan, Active Hastings co-ordinator, explained :- "A generation ago, over two thirds of us walked to school, now it's less than half. Living Streets want to reverse this decline. Like us, they want children to be energised and empowered, and to make walking to school their natural choice.
"Seven schools in Hastings took part in our competition, which encouraged the children and staff to walk to school. They recorded the total amount of children that walked to school each day giving them a total for the week.
"This year's winners, with the highest percentage of children walking to school, was Sandown Primary School. They will receive a trophy and five free sport sessions from the Active Hastings team. Well done Sandown!
Next year's walk to school week is 14th to 18th May, and we're encouraging schools to register their interest with Active Hastings now by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org For details of more activities organised by Active Hastings, please go to www.activehastings.org.uk or find them on Facebook.