Press Releases week beginning 21 August 2017
Landlord fined £10,000 for failure to licence property
Hastings Borough Council successfully prosecuted a landlord for failing to license a property under the selective licensing scheme for private rented homes.
Contrary to section 95(1) of the Housing Act 2004, Mr Dempsey of Malden Road, Surrey failed to license 156 Bohemia Road, St Leonards, East Sussex, TN37 6RP the property he let, between 26 October 2015 and 19th June 2017.
Cllr Andy Batsford, lead member for housing said, "Our selective licensing scheme is designed to promote good tenancy practice in the private rented sector and to ensure that licensed properties have a positive impact on the area. We can protect tenants by improving living conditions, and landlord standards of management. We welcome the court's decision which supports our work."
This property falls within one of the seven wards in the borough that are required to be licensed under the council's selective licensing scheme introduced in 2016.
Mr. Dempsey did not attend Hastings Magistrates Court on 11th August 2017 but was proven guilty in absence and fined £10,000 with £432 costs and a £170 victim surcharge.
For more information about the council's selective licensing scheme visit: https://www.hastings.gov.uk/housing/improvement/selective_licensing_scheme/introduction/
Compagnie Bilbobasso present POLAR
For Stade Saturdays at the Stade, old town
Saturday 26 August 8pm
Bilbobasso take you with them into the lively but sinister atmosphere of a Buenos Aires cabaret where dancers, gangsters and musicians lurk in the shadows. Then the piano explodes, hats blaze, fans flare up, fire becomes a force of seduction and tango is forever.
In Bilbobasso's new show "Polar" thriller genre meets silent film as street theatre interrogates the cult of tango itself with fire, poetry and passion.
Compagnie Bilbobasso are presented by 18 Hours as part of the Journeys Dance Festival.
This programme may be subject to change. Please check our website www.18hours.org.uk for details and further information about Journeys Dance Festival.
Feel good fitness rave on Hastings Pier
Active Hastings, a partnership project between Hastings Borough Council and East Sussex County Council, organised an all ages fitness rave on Hastings Pier last Thursday evening (17th August).
Cllr Andy Batsford, Hastings Borough Council's lead member for leisure, attended the event. He said, "The fitness rave 2017 on the pier was that perfect mix of our sports and leisure teams' creative commitment to the health of our town and the rich history of those amazing all night raves in the 90's on the old pier. I want to say a massive well done to all the leisure team for organising the event, the Hastings youth council who applied for and won a large part of the funding and provided security, and most importantly to the people of Hastings who looked amazing raving into the night!"
"This fun, feel good, healthy event is helping Hastings to become a more active town; Hastings' residents clearly approve, as attendance numbers doubled this year to nearly 300! Participants got into the swing by turning up in bright coloured clothes and learned rave moves such as "feeding the chickens" and "the sprinkler" so they could let loose, rave out and follow an easy fitness routine to high-energy music. "
Active Hastings is all about increasing the number of people who are active for a minimum of 150 minutes per week. To find out more Active Hastings events and weekly sessions are at www.activehastings.org.uk or on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/activehastings.