Press Releases:week beginning 25 August 2014
Reckless Sleepers at the Stade
'A String Section' by Reckless Sleepers Theatre Company is this week's offering for the Stade Saturdays programme.
The performance begins with a single line of five women dressed like musicians who sit on kitchen chairs not with instruments to hand but saws. As the piece progresses the performers skilfully begin to saw up and destroy the very chairs they are seated on!
Cllr Peter Chowney, lead member for regeneration commented:
"What follows is a physically demanding, acrobatic and sometimes comedic performance. As the chairs are destroyed the sawing sounds, sawdust and chair pieces all become part of this unusual, creative piece of theatre.
"Created by Belgian choreographer Leen Dewilde, 'A String Section' has been commissioned by South East Dance for their Big Dance Celebrations 2014 with support from Coastal Currents. This free event is a durational piece which starts at the Stade at 1.30pm on Saturday, 30 August."
Visit www.hastings.gov.uk for the full Stade Saturdays programme of events.
Mayor welcomes 11 year old prize winner to lunch in his parlour
The mayor of Hastings, Cllr Bruce Dowling, invited 11 year old Molly Vint to lunch in his parlour in the Town Hall as the prize for designing a poster.
The competition was organised by Hastings based charity, Education Futures Trust and every Year 6 pupil in the town entered it. This was part of their transition project as they move from primary school to secondary school.
Students had to design a Famously Hastings poster which incorporated some writing, maths and some art and Molly Vint, who moves from Little Ridge Community Primary School to Helenswood Academy this summer, won.
Cllr Bruce Dowling, Mayor of Hastings, said:
"Hastings Borough Council was pleased to help support this project, which encouraged all of the young students to think positively about our town. And the great posters they produced, which will all be on display along the seafront shortly, show just how good they think Hastings is.
"Molly's poster was especially good, it was a real delight to welcome her to the parlour here, and she was a real pleasure to have lunch with. I was very pleased to show her around the town hall afterwards, and answer the many questions she had."
Hastings set to celebrate local Seafood and Wine
Plans are well underway for the 9th annual Seafood and Wine Festival in Hastings.
Organised by Hastings Borough Council, this year's event will be held at the Stade Open Space in the heart of Hastings Old Town, over the weekend of 20 and 21 September.
Cllr Peter Chowney lead member for regeneration commented:
"Once again this promises to be a mouth-watering weekend of delicious seafood and wine with stallholders being encouraged to use local produce.
"Superb live music and street entertainment will be provided throughout both days with the popular Sunday jazz breakfast, featuring local jazz legend Liane Carroll. Tickets are now on sale for this event from the tourist information centre at Breeds Place, Hastings priced at £14.00 for adults and £8.00 for children under 18. Tickets include coffee and Danish pastry and entry to the festival for the day.
"Festival admission wristbands will cost just £2 on the day but they can be bought in advance from the tourist information centre for only £1, a real bargain for a whole weekend's entertainment and children go free!"
More details about the Hastings Seafood and Wine festival can be found at www.hastingsfestivals.com
Local woman charged for breach of planning control
A local woman who failed to comply with a Planning Contravention Notice (PCN) in March was sentenced at Hastings Magistrates Court last week.
Carol Hadian of 9a North Road, St Leonards failed to apply for planning permission to change the use of a building from business use to residential. A PCN was served by Hastings Borough Council's enforcement team on 19 March 2014 requesting that Mrs Hadian provide detailed information of the change of use by 09 April 2014.
Cllr Peter Chowney lead member for regeneration said:
"We take breaches of PCN's seriously and will prosecute those that do not comply. I would urge owners that want to make changes to their properties to contact our planning departments for advice before going ahead and risk enforcement action."
Hadian failed to provide the information requested and as such was in breach of the PCN.
She failed to attend court and was proven guilty in her absence and was fined the maximum amount of £1,000, with costs of £243 and a victim surcharge of £100. To prevent further prosecution, Mrs Hadian will be required to get the necessary permissions for the change of use or revert to using the property for business purposes only.