Press Releases week beginning 12 June 2017
Picnic Box Opens On Hastings Seafront
The latest attraction on Hastings seafront has been opened by council leader Peter Chowney.
'The Picnic Box' is a refreshment kiosk situated above Bottle Alley, by the weather station to the west of Hastings Pier. It is decorated on one side by a mosaic mural by local artist Emma Harding.
Cllr Peter Chowney explained :- "We've got a superb seafront here in Hastings, but we have had complaints in the past that it doesn't have the refreshment kiosks that other seafronts have. We're now putting that right!
"The Source opened their kiosk east of the pier in March, and I am now delighted that we have a kiosk to the west of the pier too. The Picnic Box is half way between Warrior Square and the pier, by the weather station. It is a great addition to the seafront for local residents and visitors and, of course, generates some useful income for the council too.
"And the mural is superb, I could make out a number of local characters, including jazz singer Liane Carroll."
The Picnic Box is run by three generations of the same family, Diane Rann, her daughter Carly Gurney and granddaughter Georgia Hall.
Carly said :- "This is a really great spot, with fantastic views along the seafront, from beyond the pier to the Old Town and to Beachy Head.
"We're looking forward to a great summer, hoping to tempt customers with our speciality Bubble Tea. And we haven't forgotten our four-legged friends, as we sell frozen yogurt for dogs!"
Council Consults On Town Centre Conservation Proposals
Hastings Borough Council is consulting on changes to the town centre conservation areas.
Cllr Kim Forward, lead member for planning, explained :- "We are proposing combining a number of existing conservation areas in Hastings town centre to a single area, together with a number of new extensions.
"In addition, we are recommending a number of initiatives for managing the new area.
"We are encouraging everyone who lives or works in, or visits, our town centre to let us have their comments on our proposals. The consultation period will close on Friday 21 July."
1066 Cycling Festival this weekend
The 1066 Cycling Festival is a FREE two day festival celebrating everything cycling. The festival will take place on Saturday 17 in Hastings and Sunday 18 June in Bexhill.
The event is organised by Hastings Borough Council and East Sussex County Council's Active Hastings team in partnership with Active Rother at Rother District Council.
Cllr Andy Batsford, the council's lead member for leisure said:
"This is a fantastic family event with so much to see and do. On both days visitors can see Savage Skills Stunt team, bike decorating with Treasure Tots, have your bike MOT'd by Handsome Bicycles, make bike powered smoothies with Sustrans and try the Freedom Leisure Challenge. Pav Bryan will also be sharing cycling and nutrition tips."
"Thanks must go to Stade Saturdays and Coasters for funding La Dinamo Funky Bike Band who are parading along the seafront and performing on the Stade Open Space and Hastings Lions Club for funding Rollapaluza in Hastings where you can battle it out on static bikes at speeds in excess of 50 miles an hour".
On Saturday 17 activities will take place on the Stade Open Space, Hastings between 11am to 3pm. The Source Park will showcase BMX demos at 12 noon, 1pm and 2pm. A 50 mile bike ride will take in some of the best of 1066 country in Handsome Bicycles Historic Half Hundred and the Bottle Alley Bike Bomb (next to the Pier) will start at 7pm.
The fun continues on Sunday 18 at the De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill with events including The Brompton Challenge, 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