Press Releases: week beginning 09 June 2014
BMX and Skate Park given the go ahead at seafront location
At the Cabinet meeting on Monday, 09 June, approval was given to a development proposal of the former White Rock Baths on Hastings seafront.
The proposal made by local business partners and brothers Richard and Marc Moore of The Source Hastings Ltd aims to develop a large part of the White Rock Baths site in to a world class BMX and skateboarding facility for the use of residents and visitors.
Using their 10 years' experience and contacts gained through growing and operating a large retail store and skatepark in Hastings, the company proposes to develop a world-class skatepark capable of hosting globally significant BMX and skateboarding events and expand their coaching and development programs for young people. The plan includes two BMX and skateparks, the largest specialist retail store in Europe and a café for parents and spectators.
Deputy Leader of the Council and lead member for regeneration, Cllr Peter Chowney commented:
"We have been working for a considerable time to find a productive and appropriate use for the White Rock Baths and the proposal put forward by The Source is very exciting.
"The Charity Committee agreed unanimously to approve the proposal including an investment by the Foreshore Trust who owns the baths and the council have also approved the development and funding subject to additional funding being obtained from East Sussex County Council.
"Hastings has an impressive heritage in action sports and is seen as the 'home' of UK BMX, despite other towns and cities having far more extensive facilities. This proposal will utilise the unique location of the baths to build a world-class facility that would attract visitors to the town, and raise the international profile of Hastings as the home of BMX and skateboard."
Richard Moore, Managing Director of The Source said:
"Since submitting our plan to Hastings Borough Council in September 2013, we have been working tirelessly through all the details to tenant the White Rock Baths to create a world class BMX and skate facility. Everyone involved has worked hard to get to this stage and we're delighted it's been given the go ahead by Hastings Borough Council. There is still a lot of work to be done and hurdles to be overcome before opening in winter 2015 but we're confident of everything going to plan.
"I used to ice-skate down there as a kid and our dad used to swim there when he was a child, so it's exciting to bring the building back in to use for the community and our business. We have really well developed plans and look forward to releasing more details and plans as the project progresses."
Marc Moore, Marketing Director The Source added:
"It's really exciting to be on the verge of getting a world class skatepark in Hastings; truly something that is going to be recognised in the BMX and skateboarding world as one of the best. To have such a large and unique building under Hastings seafront for development is a blessing."
Alexandra Park to celebrate 150 years
Alexandra Park will be celebrating its 150th anniversary with a Victorian themed family event on Saturday, 14 June.
Cllr Dawn Poole, lead member for leisure and amenities explained:
"This free event for all at the park aims to celebrate the park and its history in true Victorian style and will mirror some of the original events that took place in 1864.
"Events will include a brass band, Punch and Judy, penny farthing cycles, afternoon tea, children's play day, hammer throwing, quoits and a steam boat and model boat display on the boating lake. Visitors are invited to dress up and join in with the Victorian theme on the day."
Organised by Hastings Borough Council together with local community groups, events will take place between 12noon and 5pm on Saturday, 14 June in the lower park.
Recycling roadshow in Hastings
Come and meet the Recycling and Waste teams at their road shows during National Recycling Week between 16 and 22 June.
Council officers will be on hand to give help and advice about recycling in Hastings including composting and textile recycling with TRAID.
Cllr Emily Westley, lead member for environment and safety commented:
"In the last year recycling collected from homes in Hastings has increased and includes Tetra Paks and meat trays and our waste contractors now collect glass across the town at kerbside. This is excellent news and means that much less waste is going to landfill.
"These road show events are an ideal opportunity to meet the team and have your questions answered about recycling."
Road show dates and venues:
- Tuesday, 17 June: 10am to 4pm in Sainsbury's foyer
- Wednesday, 18 June: 10am to 3pm at the front of Asda
- Thursday, 19 June: 10am to 4pm in Tesco's foyer
- Friday, 20 June: 9am to 5pm in Priory Meadow Shopping Centre
For more information about waste and recycling visit www.hastings.gov.uk
Midsummer Fish Fest opens new Stade Saturdays Programme
Stade Saturdays is back for another season of music and performance at The Stade Open Space, Old Town, Hastings.
Season three will be opened on Saturday, 21 June with the all new Midsummer Fish Fest where stall holders will promote and sell local produce and seasonal fish over the weekend.
Cllr Peter Chowney lead member for regeneration explained:
"This new, two day free fish festival funded by Hastings Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) built on the success of the Herring Festivals is a great way to start this seasons� Stade Saturdays Programme.
"There will be demonstrations from local chefs and fishermen, wine tasting, net making, children's activities, a photographic exhibition and a lantern procession followed by fireworks.
"There will also be a packed music schedule including Louis Aguilar and the Crocodile Tears, the first musical act of the Stade Saturdays Programme. This French singer songwriter will bring his mix of retro rock, LA harmonies and Euro Romance to Hastings for the Fish Fest.
"This year's programme has something for everyone and will provide free entertainment every weekend up to and including the annual bonfire night on Saturday, 18 October."
Visit www.hastings.gov.uk for full Stade Saturdays events programme.
Kelly wins a weeks' hire of new beach chalet at Marina
Kelly Kavanagh from Bohemia, Hastings was picked out of the council's competition hat and has won a weeks' hire of a new Victoria Chalet at Marina during the school summer holiday.
The ten new chalets funded by The Foreshore Trust, are now available for seasonal weekly hire between May and October.
Lead member for leisure and amenities, Cllr Dawn Poole said:
"The new wooden chalets built on the Lower Promenade are a great asset to the award winning beach at Marina.
"We are sure that Kelly will have a great time during the weeks' hire with her friends and family."
"We are very excited to have the use of one of the new beach chalets for the week, we are already planning picnics and inviting friends along, all we need is good weather and it will be a great way to start the school summer holidays."
Hastings Borough Council also has four chalets now available on the back row at West Marina for long term hire with a rolling annual fee.
You can check availability and book a beach hut by contacting Amy Godfrey at email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone Hastings Tourist Information Centre on 01424 451111.