Press Releases: week beginning 22 September 2014
Have your say about the future of the town's seafront
Hastings Borough Council is currently consulting on a new seafront strategy.
Cllr Dawn Poole, lead member for leisure and amenities explained:
"We want to make sure that our seafront can be the best it possibly can be and this review will help us to shape the way forward for the next 5 years.
"There will be a public drop in event on Saturday, 27 September at the Pier Hub, White Rock Baths between 10am and 4pm. This will be an opportunity for residents, businesses, community groups and other stakeholders to discuss the draft strategy and feed in comments.
"I strongly urge everyone with an interest in the seafront to come along to this event to see proposals and to have your say."
The aims of the new strategy are to build on the strengths that the seafront in Hastings and St Leonards already offer to help boost the economy, attract new investment and jobs and create a unique, inviting amenity for residents and visitors to enjoy.
Visit www.hastings.gov.uk for further information.
Eurotown delegates visit Hastings
Ten Eurotown delegates from Ulm (Germany), Schiedam (Netherlands), Girona (Spain) and Eskilstuna, Galve and Mölndal (Sweden) visited Hastings last week between 17 and 19 September, to take part in the Creative and Cultural Sector Growth conference.
Hastings Borough Council is leading on this new Euro task force team that will look at the creative and cultural growth of the towns, to work together for common benefit and to identify funding opportunities.
Council Leader, Cllr Jeremy Birch said:
"We were very pleased to welcome delegates from seven of the seventeen towns in the Eurotowns network. The Eurotowns mission is to support medium sized cities in Europe to be attractive, inclusive and sustainable places that are well equipped to deliver EU 2020 goals.
"During the two day visit delegates discussed themes such as how a city's creative and cultural infrastructure can be used to help young people and communities gain skills and confidence to engage in civic and economic life and how Eurotown partnerships can be used to develop and expand cultural and creative businesses."
Hastings eleventh annual Seafood and Wine Festival has been hailed as 'a huge success'.
The event is organised by Hastings Borough Council, and Council Leader, Cllr Jeremy Birch, explained:
"The festival was busy throughout the weekend, from the queue waiting to enter the event at its opening on Saturday morning to the huge numbers still there when we tried to close the site on the Sunday afternoon, and who simply didn't want to leave.
"Many, many thousands of local residents and visitors enjoyed a fantastic selection of seafood and local wine, and some great bands in the entertainment marquee. Several stalls sold out by mid-Sunday afternoon, and I know a lot more were busy Saturday evening preparing more food for the next day. They work very hard to support this event, and I am pleased that they were rewarded with such good custom.
"Accommodation providers have told us how busy they have been with visitors coming to the town to stay for the festival, including a group from Essex. I can't help but think that they may have seen our 'retro' posters advertising the event at Liverpool Street and Fenchurch Street stations!
"I was also pleased to see the fencing around the site covered with the 'Famously Hastings' posters designed by local schoolchildren as part of a project carried out by the education Futures Trust with our support. There was a lot of interest in these, and it was good to see children, and their families and friends, looking for 'their' poster.
"It really was a question of Hastings being Famously Fresh, and Famously Busy."
Mike Best, one of the stallholders emailed to say:
"I'm sure you get lots of complaints about various things but I just wanted to an email to compliment you on how good the Seafood and Wine Festival was this weekend. I work for the Wine and Spirit Education Trust and we were supporting the local business 'Essential Wine School'.
"We found the event really worthwhile and got a lot out of it. More than that however, I must confess in the past I personally didn't think there was much to Hastings. That view has now changed, lots of great businesses at the festival and the festival itself was really well organised with events and atmosphere plus all the helpers, mostly young people getting really stuck into whatever it was they were doing.
"The space you have there at the Stade is fantastic, it's a great location, well thought out and it works tremendously well. Plus being so close to the old part of town makes the place have a real heart and soul. Thanks again for organising a great event. I look forward to the next time I'm in Hastings!"
Perhaps Contraption at the Stade
Perhaps Contraption is 'a kind-of twisted brass, progressive marching band' and they will be appearing at the Stade Open Space this Saturday as part of the Stade Saturdays programme.
Lead member for regeneration Cllr Peter Chowney commented:
"Creating an unforgettable live experience, this nine-piece band offer a truly unique musical experience fusing elements of avant-rock, outrageous oompah and post-minimalism. Their interactive shows are high energy and include choral harmonies, choreography and intricate grooves.
"They have paraded all over the art and music scene including events such as Glastonbury, the Secret Garden Party, Bestival, Artisti in Piazza (Italy), London 2012 Olympic Games and at major venues including The Scala and The Roundhouse and now we look forward to welcoming them to Hastings!"
The show starts at 7.30pm on Saturday, 27 September.
Visit www.hastings.gov.uk for the full Stade Saturdays programme of events.