Press Releases: week beginning 30 June 2014
Council issues Planning Contravention Notice in respect of Rocklands development
Hastings Borough Council has issued a Planning Contravention Notice under section 171C of the Town and Country Planning Act in respect of new holiday accommodation at Rocklands Caravan Park, Hastings.
Having rechecked the measurements council officers confirmed that the building, currently still under construction, is some 550mm taller than the planning permission that was originally given allows for.
Council spokesman Kevin Boorman explained:
"When council officers rechecked the measurements of the new building they accepted that it was 550mm too tall, and whilst minor variations are allowed, this is clearly more than that.
"We have therefore immediately served a Planning Contravention Notice on the holiday park owners, to establish the facts and act as a warning of further enforcement action to come if matters are not resolved to the Council's satisfaction. The building does not have valid planning permission and so is an unauthorised development, which is why we are taking this action.
"We have also told the owners that no more work must take place on the building without our permission. Failure to observe this would lead to further enforcement proceedings against them, including the issuing of a stop notice on the site."
The building was refused retrospective planning permission two weeks' ago, when changes to the ground floor plan, additional and altered windows, and an extended balcony were unanimously turned down by the Planning Committee. The Planning Contravention Notice refers to the height of the building which had been given planning permission originally, in February 2013.
StreetGames and Lawn Tennis Association bring Wimbledon fever to Hastings' doorstep
Active StreetGames in Hastings has been selected as part of a nationwide programme to bring 90 Pop-Up Tennis Clubs to disadvantaged young people around the country. The programme was established by national sports charity, StreetGames, in partnership with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), along with The Wimbledon Foundation. The partnership will enable over 100 young people from Hastings to emulate the excitement of The Championships, Wimbledon and get involved playing tennis this summer.
Last summer, Andy Murray became Britain's first men's singles champion in 77 years and the country exploded with tennis fever. This partnership aims to harness that excitement and help disadvantaged young people get involved by creating clubs that are fun and vibrant. By holding the sessions on their doorsteps, the programme aims to help encourage a sporting a habit for life.
The programme follows on from the success of the 2013 partnership between StreetGames and the LTA where 25 Pop-Up Tennis Clubs were created, engaging 720 young people from around the country. This year, the LTA has backed StreetGames to extend the programme so that thousands more will get the chance to play the sport, including 100 members from Active StreetGames Hastings.
This partnership is a continuation of StreetGames' work to make sport more accessible to young people living in disadvantaged communities. Currently there are 1.6 million young people who live in disadvantaged areas of the UK; recent research shows lowest-income households are most likely to have least active children, with the poorest households spending less than £2 a week on sport. With the help of the LTA, StreetGames hope to combat this by getting young people engaged with Wimbledon and developing a sporting habit.
Cllr Dawn Poole, lead member for leisure and amenities said:
"We're incredibly excited to be given a StreetGames Pop-Up Tennis Club and can't wait to start introducing our members to the sport. This means a great deal to the community, so we?re hoping that Murray Mania will once again spread throughout Hastings and will inspire our members to pick up a racket."
Jane Ashworth OBE, CEO of StreetGames said:
"Andy Murray's triumph showed how sport can bring the nation together. We aim to take that inspiration and ensure disadvantaged young people can experience it on their own doorsteps. We know that the Pop-Up Tennis Clubs makes tennis fun for all and brings the excitement of Wimbledon to Hastings where we can't get the strawberries and cream on Murray Mound."
Michael Downey, Chief Executive of the LTA added:
"Last year the StreetGames Pop-Up Tennis programme was a resounding success, bringing tennis to the doorstep to hundreds of young people across the country. We want to see more people playing more often which is why we're very excited to extend the programme further so even more young people can enjoy tennis this summer."
Babolat, a leading global manufacturer of premium tennis equipment is also helping bring the Nadal touch to the young peoples' lives by supplying rackets, balls and mini tennis nets for the new programme.
Bare Knuckle Parade perform at the Stade this weekend
Bare Knuckle Parade will be providing the entertainment as part of the Stade Saturdays programme in Hastings on Saturday, 05 July.
Born on the cobbled streets of Bath, Bare Knuckle Parade brings together five musicians whose approach to their music is 'sing until your jaw is broken'.
Cllr Peter Chowney, lead member for regeneration said:
"Since forming, the band has quickly gained a reputation for raucous, frantic and memorable live performances with their fusion of traditional Celtic-folk with rock and punk undertones. Their shows are lively and quick paced, giving spectators the opportunity to dance and have a really good sing-a-long.
"The band will be supported by Alexandra Kenwrick Patterson. Alex is a young singer songwriter whose haunting singing style will offer something very unique to the Stade Saturdays programme of events."
The performance starts at 7.30pm at the Stade Open Space, Old Town, Hastings.
Visit www.hastings.gov.uk for the full Stade Saturday's programme of events.
Charge your electric car for free in Hastings
An electric vehicle (EV) recharging post with two charging points has been installed on Hastings' seafront.
Hastings Borough Council in partnership with Elektromotive, the UK's leading provider of EV recharging posts are now able to offer free charging to users in Pelham Parade car park.
Part funded by Sussex Air Quality Partnership to promote low emissions and better air quality in Hastings, the EV post will be part of the Sussex wide EV network which will eventually be a network for the whole of Southern England.
Cllr Peter Chowney, lead member for regeneration said:
"The use of electric cars is on the increase. Sales in the first three months of this year are double those sold in the first three months of last year.
"We want to actively encourage the use of EV's in the town and so are very pleased to have these charging points in such an accessible location. And, in due course we intend to install more. EV owners can now charge their cars for free in the designated bays, although to park, charges will apply."The scheme aims to provide ample charging points across the country to owners of electric cars.
New Community Rail Development Officer on the right track
Kevin Barry has been appointed as the new Community Rail Development Officer for the Marshlink line.
Kevin is based at Rye station and works for the Sussex Community Rail Partnership ('CRP'), a 'not for profit' organisation which works with partners to encourage greater use of local railways.
"I was very pleased to be appointed to this role as I feel I have a lot to offer the communities on all the stations from Ashford through to Eastbourne, helping to reconnect the community with its railway.
"I am keen to work with partners to help improve the look of our stations and to encourage events to take place, and for more people to use the trains and other sustainable transport to get to the villages and towns."
Kevin also said that he is looking for volunteers to help achieve future projects and have the satisfaction of seeing visitors and residents enjoying their efforts.
Up until 2004 Kevin had been working in the regional press for 32 years, the last 11 years he was with the Kent Messenger group looking after a group of weeklies and three of their local radio stations.
Kevin is also the Rye Town Sergeant, which involves mainly looking after the Mayor on ceremonial duties.
Sam Bryant, Sussex CRP's community rail development manager, added:
"It's wonderful to welcome Kevin to this role, I know he will be a great asset to the us, and the line."
Kevin Boorman, chair of the Marshlink community rail partnership, added:
"I am especially pleased to welcome Kevin to this job, as he is very local and really understand how the local community works.
"The Marshlink is really special, I remember when it was under threat of closure over 40 years ago. It has since grown into a vital transport and community asset, and I look forward to working with Sam and Kevin to continue to develop its potential."
Although Kevin Barry works part time he can be contacted via email, firstname.lastname@example.org, mobile 07949 314233 or in person at Rye Station (just ask at the ticket office and they will direct you).
Council officer is local authority hero
Simon Hubbard, Director of Regeneration at Hastings Borough Council, has been named as a 'local authority hero' by Locality, the leading nationwide network for community-led organisations.
Locality's Local Authority Heroes Awards celebrate the nation's 'local government heroes' - the councillors and council staff who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to support community organisations in their local area.
All the 'heroes' were nominated by local community organisations, and Locality members, in their area.
Simon received his award at a ceremony in central London on 30 June. He was nominated by Locality member White Rock Trust for his part in saving Hastings Pier, and for the trust and strong relationships he has built up with the local community sector.
Jess Steele of the White Rock Trust, a community organisation working to improve the White Rock area, said they nominated Simon because:
"Simon was enormously helpful in the battle to save Hastings Pier. Once we persuaded him (and eventually the whole council) of the potential, they became an 'active partner'. Simon steered us through rocky waters to achieve the Compulsory Purchase Order and convinced both local authorities to strengthen our Heritage Lottery Fund application by underwriting the funding gap. He continues to be helpful to the White Rock Trust in our efforts to ensure that the local area captures the benefits of the pier rejuvenation.
"Simon is steeped in public sector culture but can see beyond it. That means he can get things done on behalf of the town and the community. As one of three executive directors in charge of the council, he's very important but always has time to help with the detail."
Steve Wyler, Locality's CEO, said:
"Our Local Authority Heroes Awards are designed to celebrate the local authority staff and councillors, such as Simon, involved in outstanding partnership working, and to say thank you to him and to them all, for all their work."
Cllr Jeremy Birch, leader Hastings Borough Council added:
"I'm very pleased for Simon Hubbard, his award is thoroughly deserved. I made a pledge that the Pier would be compulsorily purchased, Simon saw that through and worked tirelessly with the community to attract the funding to make the project a reality - a lesson in local people working with their local council for the public good."
The Local Authority Heroes Award winners were announced at Locality's national policy symposium event, held at the RBS building on Bishopsgate, central London, on 30 June 2014.