Press Releases week beginning 27 November 2017
Bottle Alley Lights up!
Bottle Alley is illuminated once more, with low energy LED multi-coloured lighting.
Hastings Borough Council has replaced some 500 metres of broken lighting with new state of the art equipment that is programmable for special effects, and can be synchronised to music to create a wonderful sound and light spectacle. The lights were demonstrated to councillors and businesses in the immediate area on Saturday 25 November.
Cllr Kim Forward, lead councillor for regeneration and culture said, "The council would like to thank everyone involved for their hard work and commitment to this project. It is an absolutely magical walk along the beach that can be enjoyed year round!"
She added, "The lights were shown to their full potential by creating a fabulous spectacle of light and sound - with the lights being used to complement the music. We saw the lights to their best advantage from the pier before walking through the display in Bottle Alley itself."
The new lighting was installed as part of a project to rejuvenate the historic Bottle Alley and create welcoming and exciting space for residents and visitors alike. Bottle Alley, located on the seafront between Warrior Square in St Leonards and Hastings pier, is open to the public as a thoroughfare.
Temporary footpath closure in Church Wood
Hastings Borough Council are improving the footbridge on the path between Wartling Close and Church Wood, by replacing the handrails on both sides.
The work will take place between Monday 4th December and Friday 8th December, during which time the footpath will be closed. The nearest alternative footpath across the stream into Church Wood is through The Slides, which is north of the bridge along Wishing Tree Road.
"We're grateful to the residents of Wishing Tree and Hollington for their patience while this work to improve the safety of the bridge takes place," said Cllr Colin Fitzgerald, lead member for environment.
White Ribbon campaign day 2017
The White Ribbon campaign group took hundreds of pledges to never commit, condone or ignore domestic violence at Renaissance House in St Leonards and in Priory Meadow shopping centre on 24 November. Mayor of Hastings Councillor Judy Rogers and Hastings Borough Council leader Councillor Peter Chowney both made speeches from Hastings Town Hall steps urging people to sign the pledges. Hastings Fire and Rescue Commander Julie King and Chair of Hastings Youth Council Huda Caglayan also spoke at the event, to shoppers and councillors who gathered by the entrance to Priory Meadow shopping centre.
Peter Chowney said, "It was good to see so many people come forward to sign pledges; If you have not yet made a pledge, there is still an opportunity to do so at www.whiteribboncampaign.co.uk. He added, "We are not just appealing to victims to get in touch with agencies that can help them, we're also asking everyone to stay vigilant and report incidents of domestic violence to the police if they believe someone is in trouble. We need to get the message across that this is an issue for the whole community not just the victim or perpetrator."
Council welcomes southeastern franchise tender
Hastings Borough Council has welcomed the 'invitation to tender' ('ITT') issued by the Department for Transport for the southeastern train operating franchise.
Council leader Peter Chowney explained :- "Although a long, technical document the ITT contains some very positive nuggets of information for Hastings.
'It encourages bidders to develop shorter journey times for peak journeys, specifically mentioning peak services between Hastings and London Bridge.
"And, very excitingly, it also encourages bidders to fund improvements to the railway infrastructure, using as an example enabling high speed services to reach Hastings.
"That is exactly what we were hoping for, this is another vital step forward in us achieving 'game changing' improvements to our train services.
"As a result of this, we could see high speed trains running between St Pancras International and Hastings within five years, which will help transform Hastings as a place to live, work and visit.
"Colleagues from Hastings Borough Council are meeting all of the potential franchisees over the coming weeks, and we will obviously be encouraging them all to submit bids that will turn this hope into reality.
"A lot of people have worked very hard to get us to this point, and I would like to thank all those involved."