Press Releases: week beginning 01 September 2014
Help design and build a new Visitor Centre at Hastings Country Park
Hastings Borough Council is working with Groundwork South and The Cave Co-operative to build and manage a new visitor centre at Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve.
Cllr Dawn Poole, lead member for leisure and amenities explained:
"We want to design and build a unique sustainable, straw bale visitor centre at Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve. The two organisations we will be working with, Groundwork South and The Cave Co-operative will bring the ethos we need to deliver this environmentally driven project using recyclable materials and sustainable techniques in construction.
"We are at the beginning of this very exciting project and need your views and ideas on what you would like to see. We want to build something for residents and visitors that has been created by them.
"Come and get involved at our pop-up shop in Priory Meadow Shopping Centre, Hastings from Wednesday, 17 September to Saturday 20 September. See how straw bale buildings are built and how projects of this nature are designed and created.
"If you can't visit the pop-up shop you can still get involved. On Sunday, 21 September the pop-up display will be at the Country Park visitor centre in Fairlight or you can visit www.cave.coop where you will be able to monitor progress and more importantly, give us your ideas and comments. Your feedback and ideas will then inform our design plans which will be developed during October."
Groundwork South is an environmental charity that supports communities to help improve the quality of people's lives, their prospects and potential and the places where they live work and play.
The Cave Co-operative are a group of architects driven by a passion to help create beautiful, healthy and sustainable spaces and work in ways to reduce the environmental impact of the buildings they design.
Festival music at the Stade
The 30 plus musicians that make up Carnival Collective will be performing their energetic set in Hastings as part of the Stade Saturdays programme on Saturday 06 September.
Cllr Peter Chowney, lead member for regeneration explained:
"Hailing from Sussex, Carnival Collective is an amazing group of musicians that deliver intoxicating rhythms from all manner of percussive instruments, saxophones and trumpets.
"This free event is bound to get everyone up and dancing. Carnival Collective have been described as a 21st Century Big Band performing drum 'n' bass, reggae and jungle to cumbia and swing with Latin American influences."
Carnival Collective will perform at the Stade Open Space, Hastings Old Town on Saturday 06 September from 7.30pm.
Bank holiday weekend, 30 and 31 August, saw record numbers of visitors using the funicular railway lifts in Hastings.
Over 11,500 people used the lifts that run up to both the East Hill and West Hill in Hastings Old Town during the bank holiday period.
Cllr Dawn Poole, lead member for leisure and amenities commented:
"The East Hill lift, which takes people up to Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve is the steepest working funicular railway in the UK and the West Hill lift that carries people up close to the ruins of Hastings Castle is one of the only funiculars in a tunnel.
"The railways really are quite a treasure in Hastings, so it's great news that both lifts were so well used.
"They are such an iconic part of Hastings' Old Town that local people Evie and Joe chose to use the East Hill lift to take their wedding party up on to the hill over the bank holiday weekend for photographs on their wedding day!"
Youth Council raise awareness of mental health issues
Hastings Youth Council organised an event at Priory Meadow Shopping Centre in Hastings on Thursday, 28 August to promote mental health issues in young people.
Youth Council members handed out Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) leaflets with information about the common types of condition people may suffer from.
The Mayor, Cllr Bruce Dowling who attended the event commented:
"I am pleased to see Hastings Youth Council supporting and raising awareness of mental health issues in young people especially as one in four people suffers from some sort of mental health problem.
"Over 800 people backed the Youth Council's campaign to speak out and support the awareness of mental health issues in young people."
Retro poster aims to keep visitors on track
A partnership between Hastings and St Leonards Tourism Association, and Hastings Borough Council, should boost visitor numbers to the town through the autumn.
A poster that uses a famous 'retro' British Railways design has been given a modern twist, and will be on display at busy south and east London stations, including Charing Cross, London Bridge, Victoria, Fenchurch Street and Liverpool Street.
James Norris, chair of the Hastings and St Leonards Tourism Association, explained:
"Whilst many seaside resorts appear to shut down once the school holidays are over, there is plenty going on here in Hastings through the autumn. We know we are popular with visitors from the south and east of London, so this poster, based on a British Railways design of the early 1950s, should help encourage more visitors to come and stay here. We worked with the council on the campaign, and have split the costs with them, so we really have put our money where our mouth is.
"On a personal note I used to work for BR, so am especially pleased to see us promoting the town on so many busy stations."
Cllr Peter Chowney, lead member for marketing added:
"I'm pleased that we work so closely with our tourism association, and really appreciate their offer to help with this campaign.
"Our own graphic designer has done a great job putting a modern twist on a really iconic poster from sixty years ago, and we are very grateful to the National Railway Museum for allowing us to adapt the original design.
"We have some great events to promote this autumn, and this is a really good way of getting to our target audience. We have had a super summer, and now look forward to an awesome autumn."