Press Releases: week beginning 10 February 2014
Hastings area selected to tackle irresponsible drinking
The government launched a new project on Thursday, 13 February to tackle the harmful effects of excessive drinking.
Twenty areas across England and Wales are being set up as Local Alcohol Action Areas to combat drink-fuelled crime and disorder and the damage caused to health and Hastings has been selected as one of those areas.
Crime Prevention Minister Norman Baker said:
"The coalition government is taking a wide range of action to tackle alcohol-related harm, which is thought to cost society around £21 billion a year.
"We have already given local areas the power to restrict the sale of alcohol in the early hours and ensure those who profit from a late night licence help pay towards the costs of policing.
"In addition I am pressing the industry itself to take more responsibility for the problems that inappropriate use of their products cause."
Cllr Jay Kramer, lead member for, environment and safety added:
"This is excellent news for Hastings and St Leonards and will complement the current work with partners on the local initiative 'Reduce the Strength Campaign' which is aimed at restricting the supply of beer, lager and cider with an alcohol by volume of over 6.5%.
"The selected areas will see local agencies, including licensing authorities, health bodies and the police, work in partnership with businesses and other organisations to address the problems caused by alcohol."
"The project will run until March 2015, and we look forward to working with partner agencies to tackle the damage caused to health through alcohol related harm."
Borough's benches get spruced up
As part of their commitment to maintaining the high standards of the town's parks and Gardens, Hastings Borough Council have launched a programme of seat renovation in award winning Alexandra Park.
Over the course of the next few months all the heritage style seats will be treated to a spruce up. The council in partnership with Hastings and Bexhill Wood Recycling Project (H&BWRP) are already hard at work taking away batches of seats so they can be lovingly restored to a high standard in their workshop.
Cllr Emily Westley, lead member for leisure and amenities said:
"These seats are not just functional, most are commemorative too. Each one has a personal message of love and fondness and they help capture the memories of families and mean a great deal to the local community.
"Working together with Hastings and Bexhill Wood Recycling Project is a fantastic opportunity to get these seats restored and provide work for this local award winning social enterprise."
One of the original founders of the H&BWRP Mark Storr-Hoggins added:
"Through the council awarding us this work they are supporting much more than just a local business. We train and employ people who may not have had the best work experiences in the past but have now discovered the satisfaction of teamwork and the support and security this brings.
"When our team have spent time restoring these seats they are rewarded by seeing park users sitting on them as well as being able to use them themselves when they're visiting the park with their own family and friends. It's more than just another job, there's a sense of pride too."
So, the next time you need to rest your weary legs in Alexandra Park take some time to see just how special the seat you're sitting on is, and contemplate a while.
Alcohol restriction campaign grows in Hastings
Launched in October 2013 and supported by trade suppliers, retailers and partner agencies the 'Reduce the Strength' alcohol campaign continues to grow across Hastings.
The project, a joint initiative between Hastings Borough Council, Sussex Police, Action for Change and Safer Hastings Partnership is aimed at restricting the supply of beer, lager and cider with an alcohol by volume of over 6.5%. It's one of several measures being implemented across Hastings and St Leonards to help reduce problems associated with the street drinking community and persons responsible for alcohol related anti social behaviour.
Cllr Jay Kramer, lead member for environment and safety said:
"The project went live on 01 January 2014 with 19 off-licence premises signing up in the three wards of Central St Leonards, Castle and Old Hastings. Since then, licensing staff from both Sussex Police and Hastings Borough Council have continued to visit other premises in the area and have obtained further commitment to the project from retailers. We now have 31 premises signed up with more joining all the time. All the major supermarkets are supporting the project and already have internal policies in place to restrict the supply of high strength products to problematic drinkers.
"This is excellent news for our town and residents. We are absolutely determined to continue our robust stand on dealing with street drinking and alcohol-related crime and to make Hastings an even better place to live, work and visit."
Chief Inspector Phelps, Hastings District Commander added:
"I am really pleased with the level of support that has been given by the licensed trade and I am confident that this initiative will reduce anti social behaviour and the impact of street drinking in our community."
Roman Fun this half term
Do you have what it takes to be a Roman foot soldier? Find out what life was like in Roman Britain with combat techniques, stories and examples of weapons and armour with experimental archaeologist James Dilley at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery (HMAG) this half term.
James Dilley is a craftsman and re-enactor who specialises in prehistoric technologies. He has worked with museums, schools, archaeologists, heritage centres, film companies, photographers and geologists in research and experimental work.
Cllr Emily Westley, lead member for leisure and amenities said:
"This is set to be a great day at HMAG. You will have the chance to handle some of the Museum's Roman artefacts, as well as designing your own coin inspired by the Wealden Coin Hoard display and there will be other puzzles and activities on offer too.
"We are really fortunate to have James Dilley here for the day offering his expertise and knowledge. He wants to encourage people of all ages to learn about ancient crafts and have some appreciation of daily life for people in the distant past. So, why not come and drop in on Tuesday, 18 February between 10.30am and 3.30pm for this fantastic free event."
Visit www.hmag.org.uk for more details of events and activities at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery. Admission to the museum is free.
Council again urges common sense precautions due to severe weather
Hastings Borough Council is again urging residents to take common sense precautions during the next 48 hours due to the severe weather that has resulted in another amber weather warning for the town. The Met Office are predicting that gusts of up to 80 mph are possible along the south coast from Friday afternoon and overnight into Saturday morning.
Although the tides are not especially 'long' at the moment, the low pressure and strength of the wind may cause 'overtopping' and localised flooding near the seafront around high tide, which is around 11pm on Friday, 14 and 11.30am on Saturday, 15 February.
Residents living in low-lying areas should be aware of the risk, take appropriate precautions to protect their property and possessions and be ready to co-operate with the emergency services and the local authority if flooding does occur.
Town Team focus on St Leonards
Councillors and Town Team members went on a 'walkabout' in central St Leonards on 12 February, to focus on areas in need of improvement. The Central St Leonards Town Team, formed in 2012, brings together businesses, resident groups and key partners to lead on the work to help improve the retail heart of Central St Leonards.
Council Leader, Cllr Jeremy Birch said:
"Central St Leonards is one of our top priorities, and we are committed to working with the local community to continue to revitalise the shopping area and create a thriving commercial and social centre.
"Working with the Town Team and partners in this way enables us to target hot spots and also see the improvements that have already been made. Recently £10,000 was allocated by the council for various works in St Leonards which included the supply and planting of trees in Kings Road, a project that will really help to enhance this busy shopping area."
Jan McTaggart, Chair of Central St Leonards Town Team added:
"Our walkabout identified a large number of properties in the commercial areas of London Road and Kings Road where owners are required to improve the appearance of their properties. We are pleased that St Leonards is a priority for the Council and look forward to working with them to improve the appearance of the town over the next year."
If you would like to know more about the Central St Leonards Town Team contact Paul Fagan at firstname.lastname@example.org