Press Releases: week beginning 15 September 2014
Consultation starts on proposed new byelaws for Promenade and Seashore
Hastings Borough Council is proposing to introduce two new byelaws for the Promenades and Seashore within Hastings and St Leonards.
The two new byelaws will replace and consolidate a number of existing byelaws that relate to the seafront and promenade, some of which are more than a hundred years old.
Cllr Dawn Poole, lead member for leisure and amenities explained:
"These old byelaws can be difficult to understand and in some cases have little relevance today.
"A review of the byelaws was suggested by a working group that has been looking at trying to improve safety generally for coastal activities and initial consultation has been carried out with the Hastings and St Leonards Coastal Users Group and the Foreshore Trust.
"Both draft byelaws include details on the existing byelaws that we intend to revoke and replace.
"An initial eight week informal consultation period has now started giving an opportunity to submit any comments or request clarification. This period will end on 26 October 2014."
The proposed new byelaws can be read at www.hastings.gov.uk
Hard copies of the two draft byelaws and accompanying maps are also available at the Tourist Information Centre, Breeds Place Hastings and the Community Contact Centre at the Town Hall, Queens Road, Hastings.
Please send any comments to Nick Sangster, Hastings Borough Council's Resort Services Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
Town gets ready for South's premier Seafood and Wine Festival
Hastings is getting ready for its eleventh annual Seafood and Wine Festival, which takes place on the Stade Open Space on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 September.
Council Leader, Cllr Jeremy Birch said:
"Other seaside towns may have closed for business, but we've still got lots to look forward to here in Hastings. We are very pleased to be holding our Seafood and Wine Festival again this coming weekend. It has grown from a small community event into the South's premier seafood and wine festival, with nearly 40 stalls showcasing the very best in local produce, and some great live entertainment too.
"Admission is by wristband, which can be bought for just £1 from our Tourist Information Centre, including on the days of the event, or £2 on the gate and under 18s go free.
"We are rightly famous for our events, and I am pleased that at the Seafood and Wine Festival we will be exhibiting posters designed by local schoolchildren on, appropriately, Famously Hastings. This is part of our support for a project organised by the local Education Futures Trust during the summer for students going into Year 7.
"Our Seafood and Wine Festival is always really popular, and I would encourage residents and visitors to come and visit it over the weekend and then look out for details of our various Hastings Week activities in October, and our Herring Fair in November - Hastings, famously eventful."
Four pre-application forums
The council will be holding pre-application forums in Hastings for four planning applications in the town.
The aim of the pre-application forum process is to improve councillor, stakeholder and public involvement in the pre-application process, and provide a greater understanding for developers of community expectations of significant developments within the town.
Cllr Peter Chowney, lead member for regeneration commented:
"Pre-application forums are a very welcome step forward in the application process of major developments within the town.
"Forum meetings are held in public, and the developer is able to explain development proposals directly to councillors, the public and key stakeholders at an early stage.
"The process is designed to assist the developer to deal properly with important issues and to reduce delay and frustration on everyone's part in the formal planning process. Currently we are one of the very few councils that offer this form of consultation."
Forums will be held between 6pm and 8pm on the following dates:
Wednesday 24 September at the Stade Hall, Stade Open Space, Hastings - Queensway Gateway Road between Queensway and Sedlescombe Road North.
Thursday 02 October at the Town Hall, Hastings - West St Leonards Primary School site.
Tuesday 14 October at St Leonards Academy, Edinburgh Road - The Grove School site
Thursday 30 October at the Town Hall, Hastings - Hastings Country Park Visitor Centre.
Mayor welcomes posters on the right lines
Hastings Mayor, Cllr Bruce Dowling, was overjoyed to see a series of large posters advertising Hastings and St Leonards at Charing Cross station. The retro-style posters are part of a joint campaign between Hastings and St Leonards Tourism Association and Hastings Borough Council to promote the town.
Cllr Dowling said:
"It was great to see these posters at Charing Cross, there were eight on one of the main thoroughfares between the station concourse and The Strand, so they will be seen by many tens of thousands of passengers every day.
"We're very proud of our events programme here in Hastings, and these posters make the point that whilst other seaside resorts might have closed for the winter, there is still loads going on here in Hastings.
"We do like to work in partnership, and I think it's really good that the Hastings and St Leonards Tourism Association are paying half the cost of this campaign.
"We are especially grateful to the National Railway Museum for allowing our graphic designer to adapt this classic 1950s British Railways poster and bring it right up to date. They looked right at home at Charing Cross station!"
Hundreds attend the annual Hastings Intercultural Organisation football tournament
The 6th annual Hastings Intercultural Organisation (HIO) football tournament took place on Sunday, 14 September.
Council leader, Cllr Jeremy Birch who attended and spoke at the event opening commented:
"Over one hundred people participated in the tournament which saw 16 teams, all from different backgrounds, taking part. It was certainly one of the best HIO football tournaments with the Conquest Hospital team securing the tournament cup and the Bengal Tigers achieving runner up position.
"It doesn't matter where you are from or what shirt you wear, events like these bring people together. It really is one Hastings with many voices."
Oliur Rahman, HIO chair added:
"It was very nice to see so many teams from different community backgrounds and professions including Sussex police, the labour party and the Conquest Hospital come together to take part in the HIO annual football tournament.
"The tournament was established in 2008 in memory of Mohammed al-Majed the Qatari student who tragically died in our community after being brutally and racially attacked in the street. This tournament is an opportunity for Hastings communities to promote community cohesion, unity and safety."
Historian to give talk on local stories of WW1 at Museum
Eminent historian and author Richard van Emden will be giving a talk at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery on Saturday, 27 September as part of the Hastings Remembers: Local Stories of the First World War commemoration.
Cllr Dawn Poole, lead member for leisure and amenities explained:
"In no conflict, before or since, have so many British soldiers marched off to war, never to be seen again. They left distraught families for whom closure sometimes took a lifetime. This is the story of those who are commonly forgotten when the fallen are remembered.
"During this talk, Richard van Emden will tell us not just what happened to our grandfathers, but also their relatives at home, and how their experiences influenced generations to come.
"His talk will take place at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery on Saturday 27 September at 2pm. Entry is by free ticket, available in advance from the Museum Reception."
Richard van Emden has spent the last twenty years interviewing more than 270 veterans of the First World War. His books include The Last Fighting Tommy (with Harry Patch), Boy Soldiers of the Great War and The Quick and the Dead. His latest book, 'Tommy’s War: The Western Front in Soldiers’ Words and Photography' was published by Bloomsbury in June.
For tickets to this event telephone Hastings Museum and Art Gallery on 01424 451052 or visit www.hmag.org.uk