Press Releases week beginning 20 November 2017
Hastings Heritage Angels scoop awards for" best rescue of an historic building" and People's Choice
The Source BMX Park has jointly won the Historic England Heritage Angel award for the "best rescue of an historic building" at an awards ceremony held in the Palace theatre in London on 20 November 2017, as well as the Historic England Followers' and Telegraph readers' People's Choice Award for a heritage project.
Hastings Borough Councillor Sue Beaney charity committee chair said, "We were so excited to see Marc and Rich Moore win this award. It was a fantastic joint effort between the Source and Hastings Borough Council. They put their heart and souls into this project, which continues to achieve one ground-breaking success after another. Historic England have recognised that, and we couldn't be prouder".
She added, "What a great year for the town; The Stirling prize for the pier, and now Heritage Angel awards for the Source BMX Park.
Rich Moore said, "It is such an honour to win the Historic England award for best rescue of an historic building. The Source Park project was by far the biggest thing we've ever taken on and to be recognised for such a prestigious award is amazing. It was a massive team effort and we would like to thank everyone involved - in particular Hastings Borough Council and all the funders, friends, family, designers and builders for helping to make the dream a reality."
Marc Moore said, "To also win the People's Choice vote is a particular honour given that it's voted for by the public. We think that could be due in part to the incredible loyalty of the good people of Hastings and the wider BMX and skate communities!
The project was jointly funded by Hastings Borough Council, East Sussex County Council, Coastal Community Fund round 3, and the Source.
You can read more here: https://historicengland.org.uk/whats-new/news/angel-awards-winners-2017
Redesign of the White Rock Fountain
We want to know what you think
Hastings Borough Council has successfully secured funding from the Coastal Communities Fund to rejuvenate the area known as the White Rock Fountain on Hastings seafront (located between The Source and the Pier).
Saville Jones architects are working with the council on the space at White Rock fountain and have produced a concept design with examples of what could be included in the space.
Councillor Kim Forward, lead member for regeneration said, "We would like you to take part in our survey to let us know what you think of the concept designs. You will also be able to see the designs at the pier, White Rock Hotel and The Source during their normal opening times."
The White Rock Fountain Project is just one of a number of projects which will make the White Rock area a destination in its own right. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/40-million-cash-boost-for-the-coast
The survey closes for responses on Friday 15th December at 12 noon.
Hastings Youth Awards 2017
The Hastings Youth Awards for 2017 took place on Sunday 5 November 2017. Organised and run by Hastings Youth Council, and over 400 people came to celebrate the achievement of young people and youth organisations from across the town.
The event was grant funded, and sponsored by the Interfaith Forum and the Chalk Cliff Trust. Huda Caglayan (Chair of Hastings Youth Council) said," the Hastings Youth awards is the only youth awards in our county and showcases everything positive about young people in Hastings."
There was recognition for Acromax gymnastics, Fusion street dancers, Kids and Muslim Mums, Playdays, Young Volunteers Project, Hastings Seagull Swimming Club, South East Stars, Hastings kickboxing academy and many more, all of whom had made a contribution to the young people of the town.
Councillor Peter Chowney, Leader of Hastings Borough Council commented that "It was lovely to see so many young people gathered together on this night of celebration. I was very proud to be present and see all the very deserving organisations and individuals and they should be very proud of their achievements"
He continued that, "Once again this event was a huge success and our thanks must go to the Youth Council for all their hard work and effort in organising and presenting the event on the night. It's really important that young people and organisations in our town are recognised in this way. Congratulations to them all!"
Landlords fined for failing to apply for licence
Hastings Borough Council continues to keep up the pressure on rogue landlords operating in the area. The selective licensing scheme has been running for over two years but there are still a number of landlords who have failed to apply for their licences. At Hastings Magistrates court on Friday 16 November 2017, four cases of unlicensed properties were heard with the landlords pleading guilty in every instance, two pleaded guilty and two cases were proven in their absence.
Mohammed Astak Choudhury of St Leonards Road London pleaded guilty to renting out ground floor flat 18 Bohemia Road St Leonards on Sea. This property was required to be licensed under the Housing Act 2004, but was not licensed and received a fine of £50, costs of £432 and a victim surcharge of £30.
Ross Woodgate of Baxendale Street London pleaded guilty to renting out the Basement Flat 5B St Margaret's Road St Leonards on Sea. This property was also required to be licensed the Housing Act 2004 but was also not licensed and he also received a fine of £50, costs of £432 and a victim surcharge of £30.
Mary Jean Attwood of Rannoch Street Glasgow was found guilty in her absence at court of renting out Ground Floor 27 Magdalen Road Leonards on Sea. This property was required to be licensed under the Housing Act 2004 but was not licensed and she received a fine of £220, costs of £432 and a victim surcharge of £30.
Hassan Abdelhadi of Ivy House Lane Hastings was found guilty in his absence of renting out 6 Newgate Road St Leonards on Sea. This property was required to be licensed under the Housing Act 2004 but was not licensed and he received a fine of £220, costs of £432 and a victim surcharge of £30.
Cllr Andy Batsford, Hastings Borough Council's lead member for housing, said "We have licensed over 6,000 properties since the start of the scheme, so a vast number of landlords are aware of their responsibilities. There are still a number of landlords who do not keep up to date on their requirements with regards to renting out their properties; or worse are deliberately avoiding licensing. It is disappointing that the team are still finding cases of unlicensed properties but these prosecutions highlight that we will continue to seek out unlicensed landlords".