Press Releases: week beginning 03 March 2014
Right to play
Hastings Borough Council agreed the Hastings and St Leonards play strategy at the Cabinet meeting on Monday, 03 March.
Cllr Emily Westley, lead member for leisure said:
"I am delighted that our new play strategy has been agreed unanimously. Play is an essential part of a happy, healthy childhood and is recognised by Hastings Borough Council as vitally important to the wellbeing of Hastings, both economically and environmentally.
"Indeed, its importance has been recognised by the United Nations, by Lloyd George, and by Nelson Mandela, who said 'There can be no keener revelation of society's soul than the way in which it treats its children'.
"I think it is shocking that a child born and growing up in Hastings can expect to live nearly five years less than someone in Lewes, just 30 miles away, where average incomes are much higher. This cannot be right, and we recognise the importance of lifelong benefits that children gain from play.
"We have achieved a tremendous amount over the past 17 years, including our summer 'Play Day' events which attract up to 4,000 local people at each event, and we've helped refurbish seven existing playgrounds and create four new ones.
"Our new strategy builds on the good work of recent years and should ensure that children's needs and wishes about play are heard and promote the importance of play for all children and young people. It should also improve and extend the range, quality and accessibility of free play opportunities across the town by working with partners to maximise the opportunities to attract external funding for play.
"It is fitting that the new strategy celebrates the memory of our much-loved former colleague Julie Sutton, our first play worker, who sadly died last year. Her loving commitment to play and many years of passionate work has helped the value of play to shine brightly in Hastings."
Consultation on the Hastings Local Plan
A revised version of Hastings Borough Council's Development Management Plan will be available for the public to view and comment on from 9.30am on Monday, 10 March until 4.30pm on Tuesday, 22 April 2014.
This is a formal consultation, focusing on three key questions only, as prescribed by planning regulations. Comments (referred to as representations) are therefore invited that consider whether the Development Management Plan is legally compliant, is sound or complies with the Duty to co-operate.
Cllr Peter Chowney lead member for regeneration commented:
"The Revised Proposed Submission Development Management Plan is the second key document prepared as part of the Hastings Local Plan 2011 - 2028. It identifies sites for development across the borough and includes specific development policies to be used in our decision making process.
"This will be the final consultation on the Development Management Plan before submission to the Secretary of State for Independent Examination so please do get involved.
"Look at the document online and submit your comments by following the links on our website or pick up a paper copy of the Revised Proposed Submission Development Management Plan, response form and guidance notes at the Community Contact Centre, Hastings Town Hall, during opening hours.
"All representations must be made online or on an official response form."
For further information, please call the Planning Policy Team on 01424 451098 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
It's official - Hastings is 1st in UK for musicality
In a new study published in the Plos One journal residents of Hastings were judged to have the highest level of musical sophistication in the UK.
More than 94,000 participants nationally answered questions on their musical background and musical habits and took part in a range of objective musical tests for the study carried out by researchers from Goldsmiths, University of London and BBC Lab UK.
Council Leader, Cllr Jeremy Birch, said:
"This is great news and not really a surprise. We have so many great musical events in the town which showcase our exceptional musicians. Indeed we have just had the five day Fat Tuesday Festival which celebrates local musical talent and up and coming bands.
"This week also saw the start of the 107th year of the Hastings Musical Festival, a three week festival including instrumental, singing, dance and speech and drama and of course, we are host to the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition with the final on Saturday, 08 March and then we have the International Composers Festival later in the year with local resident, concert pianist and composer Polo Piatti who is the founder and artistic director.
"With all these great events taking place here in Hastings we really are famously musical!"