Press Releases: week beginning 08 December 2014
Mayor delivers Christmas cheer to postal workers in Hastings
The Mayor of Hastings, Cllr Bruce Dowling together with the Deputy Mayor Cllr Judy Rogers and Hastings Borough Council leader, Cllr Jeremy Birch visited Royal Mail's Hastings delivery office to pass on Christmas wishes and encouragement to postmen and women at their busiest time of year.
They were shown around the office by the Delivery Office Manager and were introduced to the postal workers who are working hard sorting and delivering mail in the run-up to Christmas.
After the tour, Cllr Birch and the Mayor stood in the middle of the busy sorting office and shouted out their thanks to everyone and received a round of applause!
Cllr Jeremy Birch said:
"It was great to meet the postal workers at Royal Mail's Hastings delivery office and see first-hand just how much effort they put into delivering our mail.
"Our postal workers do such an important job, especially at this time of year helping to deliver Christmas to many people and families in our area. I would like to thank them for their efforts and wish them all the best over the busy festive period."
Andrew Harley, Royal Mail Delivery Office Manager at Hastings, commented:
"Our postal workers are working extremely hard to deliver Christmas cards, letters and parcels to people across Hastings. We are grateful that The Mayor, Cllr Rogers and Cllr Birch visited the office to see our operation and to support the team during our busiest time of year.
"We'd like to remind our customers to post early so that friends and family have longer to enjoy their Christmas greetings."
Switch energy supplier and save money
Residents are invited to join the next round of 'Switched on Hastings' to see how much money they could save on their energy bills.
Hastings Borough Council is partnering with energy switching expert iChoosr again to make it easy for residents to consider switching their energy tariffs. Hundreds of Hastings' residents have already saved money by signing up to the free 'Switched on Hastings' service and now even more residents can benefit from BIG savings on their gas and electricity bills by joining together and switching energy tariffs.
Cllr Andrew Cartwright, lead member for corporate services commented:
"This will be our third round of 'Switched on Hastings'. It's all about us helping our residents locally to get the best possible deal on their energy bills.
"Taking part is easy. Simply register your interest online and don't forget you'll need a copy of your current energy bills to hand and an email address."
Registration is now open until midnight on 02 February 2015. Residents can expect to receive their new energy tariff from 13 February 2015 and will have up to four weeks to accept the offer.
Switching is available to all residents whether you own or rent or have a prepayment meter. Even people with a debt on a pre-payment meter are able to switch supplier.
To find out more or to register go to www.hastings.gov.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
1066 Country Tourism Businesses crowned at The Beautiful South Awards
Brighton's iconic Grand Hotel provided the setting for this year's Beautiful South Awards on Thursday, 04 December.
The event welcomed over 275 industry professionals from the elite visitor experiences across the South and South East of England and recognised their contribution to the tourism industry. Established over 20 years ago, The Beautiful South Awards help drive ambition and raise standards throughout the region rewarding excellence, quality, innovation and customer service.
It was a particularly good evening for 1066 Country businesses, with five star Crowhurst Holiday Park and five star boutique B&B Swan House, Hastings both scooping Gold as top holiday park and top B&B of the year in their respective categories.
Winning their third award in this annual event, Rye Tourist Information Centre achieved Silver in the Visitor Information Provider of the Year category and was described by the judges as, "A shining example of what a Tourist Information Centre should be". Crowhurst Park's Julie Hannah was delighted to win Bronze in the Outstanding Customer Service category.
Brendan McDonagh, co proprietor of Swan House said:
"We are absolutely ecstatic to have won the Gold Award in the Bed and Breakfast category. Our success has been a real team effort. We won Gold in 2009 and to be recognised again in this way, five years on, has us bursting with pride. The awards ceremony was a fantastic evening, not only for Swan House, but for Hastings and 1066 Country".
Cllr Peter Chowney, deputy leader and lead member for regeneration commented:
"This is an excellent achievement and congratulations must go to Swan House. It proves that Hastings is firmly on the map offering first rate accommodation to visitors to the Town."
Tracey Young, manager of the Rye Tourist Information Centre added:
"We are delighted to have received a Silver award at the 2014 Beautiful South Awards. It is a fantastic achievement to be recognised at this level for the quality of service that we deliver, and we are thrilled at receiving such wonderful feedback from the judges".
The winners are now invited to champion the South East at VisitEngland's Tourism Excellence Awards in 2015.
Commenting on the awards, Peter Colling, Managing Director of Tourism South East, said:
"Every year the Beautiful South Awards are a reminder of the amazing wealth of fantastic tourism businesses and experiences South East of England has to offer. And this year the overall standard of entries was higher than ever making it extremely tough for the judges. The winners truly are the best of the best and a match for any in the country. We are now looking forward to our winners taking the spoils at Visit England's National Tourism Excellence Awards."
Coastal Space deliver a further 11 homes in St Leonards
Coastal Space, a joint partnership between Hastings Borough Council and AmicusHorizon has converted a former nursing home in Carisbrooke Road, St Leonards into 11 high quality apartments for local people. At the opening event on Wednesday, 03 December, local community members and councillors viewed the transformation of the property that's stood empty for nearly seven years.
The eleven new homes are the latest to be delivered as part of AmicusHorizon and Hastings Borough Council's Coastal Space regeneration project in St Leonards. Phase one of the project will bring around £5m of investment to St Leonards whilst delivering fully refurbished homes for local people.
The new residents of Carisbrooke Road will move into their homes in January 2015 and include local young families and people downsizing from larger homes in the area.
AmicusHorizon's Project Manager, Stephen Clements, said:
"We're really delighted to bring the 1 and 2 bedroom apartments to the area and to make the most of this empty property that stands right at the heart of the seven streets area of St Leonards.
"The attractive Victorian building has been fully refurbished to the highest standards by our contractor Booker and Best and by lowering the boundary wall we've really opened up the views, we hope this will become a focal point for the area."
Cllr Jeremy Birch enjoyed a tour of the property and was joined by AmicusHorizon Chief Executive, Paul Hackett. Representatives from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and building firm Booking and Best also attended.
Council Leader Cllr Jeremy Birch, said:
"Improving living accommodation in St Leonards is important to us. The refurbishment of St Marys Nursing home has transformed a derelict eyesore in a very prominent position into high standard living accommodation for families in St Leonards.
"We are very proud to be working with AmicusHorizon on projects such as this and look forward to seeing the apartments occupied in the New Year."
Coastal Space is an investment project to improve the quality of housing in the neighbourhood renewal area of central St Leonards. AmicusHorizon and Hastings Borough Council are investing considerably to deliver quality homes for local people. The project also includes community development initiatives delivering training and employment opportunities for local residents.
Speaking of his visit Paul Hackett, AmicusHorizon's Chief Executive, said:
"We're delighted the Coastal Space project is having such a positive impact. We've focused on the Central St Leonards area of the town and believe this will give a welcome boost to one of the most deprived wards in the South East. Our unique funding arrangement with Hastings Borough Council combined with funding from the Homes and Communities Agency means a substantial investment is being made. We're already in talks about a phase two for CoastalSpace."