Press Releases week beginning 09 February 2015
Free family fun this half term at Hastings Museum
Hastings Museum and Art Gallery will be full of African music and colour on Tuesday, 17 February when it holds another of its popular family days.
West African storyteller and musician George Fiawoo will transport visitors to West Africa with his stories and rhythms at 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.00pm and 2.00pm, whilst a range of fun activities inspired by African objects from the Museum's collection will be available throughout the day from 10am to 3pm.
Activities have been developed in partnership with the Museum's new Young Curators programme, which gives 14-19 year olds the chance to get first-hand experience of a range of real museum projects and members of the group will be on hand on the day to help families make the most of their visit.
Cllr Dawn Poole, lead member for leisure said:
"Uniques has provided a fantastic opportunity to find out more about our African collections and we've been really surprised by the quality of our objects and the fascinating local connections we've been able to make.
"Our activity day is a great way to share all this with families in our community and we hope they'll be as inspired as we have been. It's particularly exciting to see the Museum's new Young Curators group involved in delivering activities to visitors. They have come up with some great ideas and it's a really positive step to see young people so actively involved in the life of the Museum."
This activity day has been inspired by the Museum's African collections, which can be seen in a new display 'Uncovering Africa' from 14 February to 19 April. The Museum is one of 5 museums in Kent and Sussex that has received Arts Council England funding through a project called Uniques to explore parts of its World Art collections and has benefitted from freelance experts and curators from the British Museum in identifying and researching objects.
Hastings woman fined for littering
Hastings Borough Council's enforcement team have made a successful prosecution for littering.
Miranda Jordan, 43 of Pinders Road, Hastings was summonsed to Eastbourne Magistrates Court for dropping a cigarette butt outside Jempson's Café in Hastings town centre on 13, October 2014. Jordan did not attend court but pleaded guilty to the offence of littering by email. She was fined £50 with £100 costs and £20 victim surcharge.
Cllr Dawn Poole, lead member for environment said:
"Smoking related litter is a real problem on our streets. We are pleased to see cases like this brought to court as it demonstrates to all smokers that smoking related rubbish, especially cigarette butts, is litter and littering is an offence."
"We take littering very seriously and have a robust enforcement policy in place."
Local woman fined for dog off lead
Hastings Borough Council has successfully prosecuted a local woman for not having her dog on a lead in an area where she is required to do so.
Janet Shaw 62, of Thanet Way, Hastings was charged with not keeping her dog on a lead in Thanet Way, Hastings, contrary to the Dogs on Leads (Borough of Hastings) Order 2008.
Shaw was summonsed to Eastbourne Magistrates Court on Friday, 06 February 2015 but did not attend; she pleaded guilty to the offence by post. She was fined £75 with £225 costs and £20 victim surcharge.
Cllr Dawn Poole, lead member for environment commented:
"We take dog control issues very seriously. The safety of residents and visitors to the town is very important to us and this prosecution will hopefully act as a deterrent to other dog owners who do not keep their dogs under control."
For more information about dog control orders please visit www.hastings.gov.uk
Recycling at Royal Terrace
A group of residents in St Leonards have been challenged to recycle four tonnes in three months.
Thanks to Hastings Borough Council and AmicusHorizon's Resident Area Panel, new recycling bins have been installed in the area. Residents of Royal Terrace are now able to recycle glass and a full mixture of other recyclables.
Council leader, Cllr Jeremy Birch explained:
"The new glass and mixed recycling containers will provide an excellent facility right on the doorstep of the 153 properties at Royal Terrace. Residents are keen to recycle here and they have been set a challenge, sponsored by the council and AmicusHorizon, to recycle four tonnes of recyclable materials in three months.
"If they achieve this, which I am sure they will be able to do by adopting the little and often approach, they will win an opportunity to visit a recycling centre to see what happens to the materials when they are collected and processed.
"Locally we want to increase recycling and this will go a long way to help. I look forward to seeing the achievements made at Royal Terrace."
Douglas Bing, Housing Officer at AmicusHorizon, added:
"It's great to have such extensive new recycling facilities at Royal Terrace. Recycling will now be much easier for our residents and we're confident that they will smash the target they have been set of four tonnes in three months."
To find out more about recycling in the town visit www.hastings.gov.uk
Screwfix opens in new low carbon unit in Hastings
National trade store Screwfix has taken a long lease on newly refurbished energy efficient units at Ponswood Industrial Estate, Hastings.
Hastings Borough Council was the lead partner in a project within the EU Interreg IVA 2 Seas Programme, called Answers to the Carbon Economy (ACE). ACE explores options for creating low carbon industrial estates and reducing emissions on existing estates.
The council identified six existing industrial units suitable for refurbishment at Theaklen Drive which included the Screwfix units. The project saw a total of £593,000 of investment from the Council and the European Regional Development Fund to refurbish these units.
Council leader, Cllr Jeremy Birch who attended the opening of the new Screwfix store commented:
"We welcome Screwfix to the town and from talking to local builders it's considered that they will be a major asset in the town. They have also created 15 new full and part time jobs which is also excellent news for Hastings.
"The renovation of this unit is hoped to make the building up to 25% more energy efficient overall with reduced energy bills for lighting and heating. It also extends the life of the industrial unit. We look forward to working with Screwfix to improve the ''green'' credentials of the Estate."
St Leonards store manager, David Edwards added:
"As part of Screwfix's commitment to the local community and wider environment, the company is keen on reducing its carbon footprint where possible. It is great to be a part of a store that contributes towards Screwfix's environmental initiatives".