Press Releases week beginning 05 January 2015
Council prosecutes for dog offences
Hastings Borough Council has successfully prosecuted two residents for issues relating to their dogs.
Noel Wilson of 19a Basement Flat, White Rock, Hastings failed to clean up after his dog in Cambridge Gardens and was proven guilty in absence at Hastings Magistrates Court on 19 December 2014.
Wilson was fined £525, £225 costs and £52 victim surcharge.
Katrina Reilly of 3 Saddlers Court Mews Road, St Leonards was also proven guilty in absence at Hastings Magistrates Court on 19 December 2014 for having her dog off lead in Carisbrooke Road; an area where dogs are required to be kept under control on leads at all times.
Reilly was fined £525 ordered to pay costs of £225 and £52 victim surcharge.
Cllr Dawn Poole, lead member for environment commented:
“We recognise that the vast majority of dog owners are responsible and clean up after their dogs and keep them under proper control. However, there are a minority of people who don't. We take these issues very seriously and will prosecute.
“Our robust enforcement policy and our rapid response to complaints demonstrate our zero tolerance to these issues.”
Resident fined for noise nuisance
A woman from Hastings who did not comply with an Abatement Notice in respect of noise nuisance served on her by Hastings Borough Council on 01 October 2014 was summonsed to attend Hastings Magistrates Court on 19 December 2014.
Claire King of Flat 28, Friston House, Warrior Square, St Leonards was served with the Abatement Notice in October, prohibiting the playing of amplified music and shouting. King disregarded this and went on to breach the Notice twice on 04 and 07 October 2014.
King failed to attend court and was proven guilty in absence. She was ordered to pay £600 for the first offence, £800 for the second offence, £360 costs and £80 victim surcharge
Cllr Dawn Poole, lead member for environment commented:
“We take complaints about noise very seriously and will prosecute offenders. Noise affects everyone’s quality of life and can cause disruption and distress to everyone whether it’s at home, leisure, or even at work.
“We urge everybody to consider how the noise they make can affect others and to be considerate to their neighbours.”
Famously Hastings Safer Survey
Famously Hastings, in partnership with Sussex Police and Hastings Borough Council, want to know what you think about Hastings and St Leonards to help us all to make it an even better place to live, work and visit in 2015.
To help us improve the town this year and beyond please visit www.famouslyhastings.com to fill in our short survey.
You have until Monday, 19 January 2015 to complete it and results will be published by the Famously Hastings website in February 2015.
Chief Inspector Paul Phelps, Hastings district policing commander, said:
"Hastings and St Leonards is a vibrant and diverse area, with a proud community. It is a place I am proud to be part of and one that should be celebrated and improved for all.
"I am hoping that this work will help provide important insights which will allow us to work on ways to further improve the town and its services in 2015. As well as this online survey researchers, with the very generous help of Priory Meadow shopping centre, have been carrying out street questionnaires, some of these will be filmed to help celebrate the people of Hastings."
Council leader Councillor Jeremy Birch added:
"The best way to find out what people think of their town is to ask them. I hope residents will take the opportunity to let the police and the council know what they feel so we can try to improve Hastings for the benefit of everyone."
Hastings Borough Council will host the annual Holocaust Memorial Day Service in St Mary in the Castle at 11am on Saturday 24 January.
Organiser Brian Linke explained:
"Holocaust Memorial Day 2015 is an especially important commemoration as it marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and 20 years since the Genocide in Srebrenica, Bosnia. Our theme for this significant milestone year is ‘Keep the memory alive’.
“We are looking forward to our local community coming together to remember victims of the Holocaust and those whose lives have been affected by exclusion and hatred in subsequent genocides.
“This years’ service will have His Excellency, Mr Andris Teikmanis, the Latvian Ambassador, telling us about wartime Riga and the monuments in the Rumbula forest that 'Keep the Memory Alive'.
"Others will have their own stories to tell. By listening to their stories we can understand the need to work together to create a society which is free from discrimination and hatred. Learning lessons from the past creates a safer, better future.
“Not remembering the Holocaust means to side with the executioners against its victims; not to remember means to kill the victims a second time; not to remember means to become an accomplice of the enemy. On the other hand, to remember means to feel compassion for the victims of all persecutions.
“By solemnly commemorating the tragedy of the Holocaust, we will keep history in mind, never forget the past, cherish all lives, and create a better future.
“Unesco noted that the Holocaust was a turning point in human history. Understanding its significance remains of great importance today. It can help students engage in a critical reflection about the root causes of genocide and foster their
"We are encouraging people around the UK to come together to remember those murdered during the Holocaust under Nazi persecution and in the subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. On this day, we hope people will come along to our event and take the opportunity to think about how they can connect with others within our community.
"The service is open to everyone, and admission is free but by ticket only. Tickets are available from the Tourist Information Centre, Hastings Library and Bexhill Library.
"Music will be provided by Opera South East, to whom we are very grateful."