Press Releases: week beginning 27 October 2014
New speed campaign for mobility scooters in town
A town centre campaign to reduce the speed of mobility scooters in Hastings has been launched by the Mayor Cllr Bruce Dowling and Cllr Kim Forward.
The Access4All group together with Hastings and Rother Disability Forum have been widely promoting the scheme.
The Chair of Access4All, Cllr Kim Forward commented:
"Access in the town is constantly improving for mobility scooter users but safety of all must be considered.
"This new campaign aims to encourage mobility scooter users to reduce their speed in our busy town centre areas. Stickers have been designed and placed around the town on lamp posts reminding users to slow down to less than 4mph, the legal set limit on footpaths and pedestrianised areas in order to prevent accidents and ensure the safety of all our residents."
Sussex County FA Hastings Youth Forum recognised at national awards ceremony
Last week the Sussex County FA Hastings Youth Forum attended the Football Futures National Awards Ceremony, hosted at St Georges Park, to collect The FA's prestigious Football Legacy Award for services to their community.
The award is given to a group of young people who have been viewed to have gone above and beyond the call of duty in an attempt to be proactive in creating a positive cultural impact in their own communities.
Having only been formed in January 2014, the Sussex County FA Youth Forum has gone from strength to strength providing many football opportunities for local young people.
Cllr Dawn Poole, lead member for leisure and amenities explained:
"Managed by Michael Ryan, College and Community Football Coordinator at the Sussex County FA and mentored by our StreetGames coordinator, Ken Dullaway the Youth Forum has had many successes.
"The creation of the Hastings Youth Forum has also had great benefits on its members. They have developed both as people and valued members of the community. Some of the successes achieved by members are George Avann who has secured employment with Albion in the Community, Tom Saunters who has qualified as Level 1 football coach and has since been employed by 'Pass + Move Coaching' and Andrew Costello and Joshua Dowling who have both qualified as Level 1 football coaches and continue to sustain FA Programmes in the Hastings area.
"To win the prestigious Football Legacy Award is excellent news and both Ken and I are extremely proud of all the young people involved. We look forward to the coming year and making even more of an impact on young people and football opportunities locally."
Pelham Arcade former glory being restored
Grade II* listed Pelham Arcade in Hastings, one of England's oldest shopping arcades, is well on its way towards being removed from the English Heritage 'Heritage at Risk Register'. Once an eyesore, this 19th century arcade of subterranean shops at the foot of Castle hill cliff is being transformed.
Hastings Borough Council has been working with English Heritage over the past four years to repair the large roof light covering the internal walkway to stop major leaks and new timber shop fronts in a traditional style are being fitted, making the shops more in keeping with their original appearance.
Pelham Arcade was upgraded from grade II to grade II* in 2011 in recognition of its importance of early town planning as well as being a rare survival of a semi-underground arcade.
Deputy Leader and lead member for regeneration, Cllr Peter Chowney, said:
"We are very pleased indeed with the progress that has been made so far with Pelham Arcade. The whole of Pelham Crescent is a real gem, and it is fantastic to see the arcade starting to be brought up to the standard of the crescent above and lead member for regeneration.
"We are committed to restoring the rest of the arcade to the same high standard, and will work with English Heritage to encourage, and if necessary persuade, the rest of the property owners to invest in their premises too."
Dr Andy Brown, Planning and Conservation Director at English Heritage in the South East added:
"Restoring the historic character and appearance of this special shopping arcade which was created just after the prestigious Burlington Arcade in London, has been a priority for English Heritage. We look forward to the completion of this project, which will add a new dimension to the experience of visiting Hastings."