Press Releases: week beginning 28 April 2014
Grotbuster scheme regarded as leaders in field
Senior Planning Enforcement officer, Marcus Berrisford was invited to London last week to give a presentation to the Department for Communities and Local Government on combating run down and derelict buildings.
Hastings is regarded as a leading example in this field and since the Grotbuster campaign started, the council has advised other councils and the Government on how to use relevant legal powers successfully.
Andrew Palmer, Head of Housing and Planning:
"It's really excellent news that our senior officer was invited to demonstrate and explain how we have achieved such outstanding results with the Grotbusters campaign.
"The Grotbusting team have improved 630 premises in the town so far and Marcus was able to use before and after slides to illustrate the talk.
"Congratulations must go to the whole team who continue to work so hard to achieve these great results which has now resulted in Hastings being considered champions in this field."
Those present, and listening in remotely at the presentation, were told that eyesore, derelict buildings give rise to all sorts of negative perceptions and need to be combated. They heard how enforcement action used in Hastings can be a key regenerative tool.
Recommendations were given on how to adopt similar schemes elsewhere and advice given on Case Law and pitfalls to be avoided.
Water quality improvements at Alexandra Park
Work is due to begin at a catchment pond close to Buckshole reservoir in Alexandra Park to increase the biodiversity and to help reduce the silt in the pond.
Hastings Borough Council and the Environment Agency are working together to improve the quality of the water in the pond that will eventually make its way down to the sea.
As part of Hastings Borough Council and the Environment Agency plans for the water management within Alexandra Park, a Microchalk product will be applied to Buckshole Catchment Pond 2 on Thursday, 01 May.
Some chalk will inevitably flow into Buckshole Reservoir (main). This chalk will be added to improve the water quality of the pond and it actually binds to suspended silts and help to compact the amount of silt at the bottom of the pond. During the process the water will have a 'milkiness' to it but this is harmless, and will quickly dissipate and return to normal.
Environment and natural resources manager, Murray Davidson commented:
"Many people don't realise that surplus water from the park ends up in the sea in Hastings. We therefore take the quality of the water that leaves the park very seriously. The addition of Microchalk to the pond will make the water look odd and cloudy for a short while but it's the first step in a series of projects we intend to undertake to help improve the quality of the water that ends up in the sea."
"The fish within the catchment pond will be removed and re-homed by the contractors prior to treatment."
Sponsor Ken to raise funds for local youngsters' sporty trip!
StreetGames have given the Hastings StreetGames Project 20 tickets to attend the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow between 25 and 27 July.
Our StreetGames coordinator, Ken Dullaway, together with three other sports leaders will be taking 16 lucky, local young people on this trip and he aims to raise the travel funds for them all himself by losing 50lb.
"We are very fortunate to have been given these tickets but we need to raise money for travel and overnight accommodation. I will be looking for sponsorship for every pound I lose to help take the young people of Hastings to Glasgow for an experience of a lifetime.
"I need to raise £2,500 which, together with the support from Stagecoach and their generous, low cost travel offer we should have enough funds for the 16 youngsters to travel and stay for the games at no cost to them at all.
"Supported by Freedom Leisure, Bodyfit, Fat Off Fit On, Samurai Fight Club and International Karate Jutsu Kai, I have started a rigorous fitness and diet schedule which should help me to achieve my goal."
Falaise Fitness Centre Manager, Nicole White commented:
"We are delighted to support Ken with such a fantastic cause. Ken does so much for the local community. To help Ken with his challenge we have enrolled him on our 'Biggest Loser' style competition which starts on 10 May, and we anticipate that he will do really well. He'll be joined by 11 other customers whose goal is to lose weight and get started on a healthier lifestyle, so they will all be motivating each other, its going to be great, we are really looking forward to it!"
Jane Ashworth, CEO of StreetGames, said:
"Ken's weight loss challenge is a fantastic example of someone going the extra mile to give the young people in his area a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The Commonwealth Games will be a truly inspiring event, and at StreetGames we will be harnessing the opportunity to get more people playing, through initiatives like Pop up Commonwealth Games Clubs and Give and Go. We're extremely proud of Ken's commitment to the young people of Hastings and wish him the best of luck in his challenge."
Some local businesses have already pledged support and Hastings Round Table have given a whopping £500 donation.
If you would like to pledge support for Ken please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01424 451109.
Works start on seafront roundabout refurbishment
Work to refurbish the fountain on the Pelham Place roundabout is now underway in Hastings and local contractors have already removed the old, corroded pipe work. The basin will be repaired, the dishes painted and new efficient pumps that can modify the rate of flow dependent on wind conditions will also be installed.
A modern LED lighting system will be installed to illuminate the water, dishes and basin and the area will be planted up with summer bedding this year with a more permanent scheme being planned for next year.
Works are expected to be completed by the end of May.
Awards for Eat Global participants
Eat Global participating restaurants entered the first ever Eat Global Awards this year during the festival in March. Five judges were selected to assess eateries on specific criteria including best services, ambiance, range, food presentation, flavour, value for money, provenance, innovation and unique selling point and the best festival offer.
Community Cohesion Officer Alex Ntung explained:
"Now in its third year this year the Eat Global festival in Hastings was once again very successful. The Eat Global awards were introduced and with so much wonderful cuisine on offer, picking the winners was a challenge!
"The overall winner was the Cook House Café, an Hungarian restaurant in Queens Road, Hastings with Tandoori Ghor and Gurka Chef runners up.
"The winner of 'Best Festival Offer' was Coast Restaurant at South Coast College Hastings with Moose's Kitchen, a vegan restaurant in St Leonards, receiving a special commendation for provenance.
"Bay Spice won the 'Outstanding Service' award with Siam 2 runner up."
Winners were presented with their trophies by the Mayor of Hastings at an award ceremony held at Coast Restaurant on Monday, 28 April.