Press Releases week beginning 03 July 2017
Council cracks down on litter and dog fouling
Hastings Borough Council is launching a major initiative to crack down on litter and dog fouling in the borough.
Cllr Colin Fitzgerald, the council's lead member for the environment, explained :- "Like all residents and visitors to the borough, we want Hastings to be tidy and clean. We want it to be a pleasant place to live, work and visit. We are proud of our borough and we know our community is too.
"Local residents have told us about the problem of dog fouling and littering. We responded with a hard hitting publicity campaign and by making it possible to report these issues, quickly and easily online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Then we introduced two Public Space Protection Orders to deal with dog fouling and anti-social behaviour.
"From 3 July 2017, the council will be working in partnership with a private company to ensure we back up our words with action. The company, Kingdom, will help our council wardens with enforcement of dog fouling and litter. They will do so for the next six months on a trial basis. If the trial proves successful the council may look to continue the service going forward.
"Officers from Kingdom will have the authority to issue an £80 on the spot fine (Fixed Penalty Notice or FPN) for those caught deliberately dropping litter and £100 for those caught not clearing up after their dog. There will be no reduction in cost for early payment. They will patrol across the borough based on intelligence from littering and fouling complaints to the council, and information from our wardens. They are working for the council and for residents and visitors. With their help we can keep Hastings clean and tidy.
"Kingdom enforcement officers will wear council branded uniforms, similar to the council's wardens, who can also issue Fixed Penalty Notices. They will wear body-worn cameras to ensure complete transparency of any involvement with people interviewed about alleged offences.
"As we highlighted earlier this year an anti-social minority still drop shocking amounts of litter, such as smoking related litter, and cause disgusting problems by not clearing up after their dogs.
"We ask residents and visitors to do their bit to help us keep the town clean by reporting dog fouling, litter, fly tipping and more on My Hastings.
"There is more information on how and why we issue Fixed Penalty Notices and Kingdom's role in enforcement, on our website"
Hastings Borough Council Considers Future Options For White Rock Theatre
Hastings Borough Council is to launch a formal and wide-ranging options appraisal of the future operation of the White Rock Theatre, the town's largest indoor entertainment venue. The appraisal will be undertaken in the context of the Masterplan for the Town and the White Rock Area, and specifically, with regards to ensuring comprehensive and sustainable cultural provision going forward.
The move coincides with the expiry of the council's current contract with HQ Theatres & Hospitality (HQT&H) who have managed the 1,066-capacity theatre on behalf of the local authority since 2009. HQT&H will remain actively engaged in discussions about the future of the venue and will continue to operate the building whilst the options appraisal is undertaken and whilst future plans are being developed. It is expected that final recommendations will be presented to cabinet in November 2017.
Cllr Kim Forward, deputy leader of the council and lead member for regeneration said:
"The importance of the White Rock Theatre as the main cultural venue for Hastings is highlighted in the recently completed White Rock Masterplan.
"Our current management contract with HQ Theatres & Hospitality ends in January 2019, and the council's annual subsidy cannot continue beyond then.
"But we also recognise how important the White Rock Theatre is to Hastings and the local community, so we need to start planning ahead now. The 'options appraisal' will help us understand the possible future uses of the site. This work should be completed by late autumn 2017, giving us time to put plans in place for beyond January 2019."
Julian Russell, CEO of HQ Theatres & Hospitality, added:
"We welcome the fact that HBC's Masterplan has highlighted the importance of cultural provision within the White Rock Area and the council's focus on defining future options for the site.
"We are proud of what has been achieved at the theatre over the past 9 years and look forward to continue working in partnership with the council as they develop and define their plans for the future use of the site.
"The options appraisal will take a little time to complete, and in the interim we appreciate that causes a degree of uncertainty. On completion of this phase there will be more clarity regarding the management of the venue's events diary for the period beyond January 2019.
"During this period we have every intention of assisting HBC wherever we can with the appraisal and I have confirmed our ongoing commitment and support as the council's plans become more clearly defined"
If you go down to the park today, you're sure of a big surprise…
Hastings Borough Council's grounds maintenance contractor, Idverde, have sponsored a giant topiary teddy decorated with flowers to welcome children and families to the town's Alexandra Park this summer. The giant floral teddy is at the main entrance gates to the park and is surrounded by a splash of floral colour.
Councillor Fitzgerald, Lead member for Environment, said :- "The giant flower teddy is a great attraction for families and children to the park over the summer. Alexandra Park is a fantastic park where families and children can have a great day out, picnicking, playing and have fun.
"Hastings Borough Council will be hosting Play days in the Park on July 26th and Aug 2nd, 10.30am -3.30pm, so come visit the Teddy and enjoy the benefits of being outdoors in one of the best parks in the south east.'
David Henry, idverde's contract manager, added :- "Idverde is delighted to be able to work in partnership with Hastings Borough Council by sponsoring the floral display at the main gates of Alexandra Park. We hope that the teddy theme will encourage aspiring young gardeners to take up a trowel of their own one day."
Sun SHINES on European Visitors
Delegates from northern Europe have enjoyed a fact-finding visit to Hastings, hosted by the borough council.
Lead member for housing, Cllr Andy Batsford, explained :- "We are partners in a European Union 'Interreg 2 Seas' scheme called 'SHINE' - Sustainable Housing in Inclusive Neighbourhoods.
"Partners from 14 organisations in northern Europe, including Belgium, France and The Netherlands, and of course the UK, recently visited Hastings for a fact-finding trip based at our Muriel Matters House offices on the seafront.
"They toured parts of central St Leonards to view different property types, and discussed how we might improve the living conditions, particularly heating, in a sustainable way, without damaging the important heritage of the area.
"We will be working with our partners Optivo and the local Citizens Advice Bureau to help make these changes, which will help the environment and those living in the area by reducing the energy they need.
"Our European visitors really enjoyed their visit here, and went back with a very positive impression of Hastings, and what we are trying to achieve."