Press Releases week beginning 09 March 2105
Possible disruption to rubbish and recycling collection
On Wednesday, 11 March, it was announced that the industrial action would not take place.
The GMB trades union has notified the council's rubbish and recycling contractor, Kier, that some refuse collectors will be going on strike on Thursday 12, and Friday, 13 March.
Hastings Borough Council is not involved in the strike, but obviously understand that it may affect local residents.
Collection services are not being suspended but the council does expect some disruption and delays in the areas where Kier staff strike. Residents should put their bins out for collection by 7am as normal and if service cannot be provided that day they will be picked up as soon as possible afterwards.
Bid to boost tourism in 1066 Country
1066 Country Marketing, the private/public sector marketing organisation for Hastings and the surrounding area, have announced that bookings on their website will be commission free from 15 March.
George Bailey, the chair of 1066 Country Marketing, and also the property manager for the National Trust at Bodiam Castle, explained:
"Tourism is worth nearly £550m to the local economy, and supports over 12 000 jobs locally, so is vitally important to the area. We'd like more accommodation providers to join us, and help grow the business even more.
"Our website attracts over 490 000 visitors annually looking for things to see and do here in 1066 Country. Its accommodation search helps visitors find and book accommodation and shows up to date price and availability for properties.
"We have traditionally charged a small commission fee on bookings. Although the fee was relatively small, it did put off some accommodation providers. So we are now offering commission-free booking to all of our partners, both on their own website and on www.visit1066country.com.
"We are hoping that more accommodation providers will use our new, commission-free, service, and, in turn, more visitors will choose to come and stay here.
"For more information about what we do, anyone with an interest in tourism locally should contact firstname.lastname@example.org."
New exhibition of marine artist Louis Dodd at Hastings Museum
Louis Dodd was born in Hastings in 1943. At the age of 16 he attended the Hastings school of Art and went on to study illustration at Goldsmiths in London. He moved back to Hastings in 1967 and worked as a typography tutor at Goldsmiths, later taking a post at Hastings College.
Dodd began painting full time in the early 70's, perfecting his unique technique based on the Old Masters.
Now, for the first time ever, his paintings will be exhibited together at Hastings Museum and Arts Galley.
Cllr Dawn Poole, lead member for leisure and amenities commented:
"This is an exceptional collection of paintings and we are very pleased that Hastings Museum and Arts Gallery can host them. The Voyage exhibition shows a lifetimes work alongside archive material, ships plans and models".
'Voyage' is open to the public until 07 June. Admission is free.
Eat Global international food festival returns
The fourth annual International Food Festival, Eat Global, starts in Hastings on Saturday, 21 March at an opening event in Priory Meadow Shopping Centre.
From 11.30am foodie street performers will be waiting to entertain. The elegant, stilt walking Pink Tea Ladies will be on hand with information about the Eat Global festival programme and from 12.15pm Bicycle Bistro, the world famous Circo Rum Baba's eccentric waiters will provide forty minutes of hat juggling, plate spinning, tea dancing, musical saw playing, acrobatics, magic tricks and café mayhem on their bistro wheels.
Cllr Kim Forward, lead member for housing and community services said:
"Eat Global is a chance to taste the world without leaving town. This festival of international cuisine celebrates the restaurants, shops and cafes of the most ethnically diverse town in the area. "The week will be packed with delicious festival fare and some special offers in cafés and restaurants across town. There will also be special events including workshops, talks and entertainment and this year, shops are being highlighted in the programme where you can buy foods from around the world so you can cook global too!"
The festival runs from 21 to 28 March in Hastings and St Leonards. For further information, pick up the Eat Global brochure from the Hastings Tourist Information Centre or visit: www.eatglobal.co.uk
Council waives parking fees for Saga Red Nose Day volunteers
Hastings Borough Council has pledged to waive car parking fees at their Priory Street car park to allow volunteer staff working throughout the night at Saga, a designated inbound call centre for Red Nose Day, easy parking options.
Cllr Dawn Poole, lead member for environment explained:
"When Saga approached us with a request to extend the opening hours of Priory Street car park for the volunteers for Red Nose Day we were more than happy to help. We will not only be keeping the car park open all night but we will also be waiving parking fees for the volunteers at Saga from 4.30pm to 7.30am the next morning.
"We feel that it's important to help the many volunteers that will be up all night at Saga offices taking calls and contributions for this very worthwhile cause."
Council takes enforcement action on 'Rocklands' holiday home
Hastings Borough Council is taking enforcement action against a holiday home in Rocklands holiday park, Hastings, which was built without planning permission.
The council's planning committee last week voted unanimously to refuse planning permission for the building, which is adjacent to the town's country park.
A council spokesperson explained:
"The planning committee made their feelings about this development quite clear when they met. Every member of the committee voted to support our officer's recommendation to refuse planning permission for the holiday home, which has already been partially built.
"We have therefore now issued an 'enforcement notice' against the owners of Rocklands Holiday Park, effectively requiring them to remove the building as it currently stands.
"Hastings Country Park is a beautiful part of our town, much loved by residents and visitors alike, and we simply will not tolerate unauthorised developments within it."
Town unites against domestic violence
Building on the success of White Ribbon Day, where over 2900 pledges were made locally not to commit, condone, or remain silent about domestic violence, Hastings borough councillors and members of Hastings Youth Council have completed White Ribbon Ambassador Training.
Training was carried out as part of the White Ribbon Town Accreditation which Hastings received last year in recognition of the ongoing work carried out by agencies including the Penny Beale Memorial Fund, East Sussex Domestic Abuse Service CRI, Refuge, Victim Support, AmicusHorizon, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, Sussex Police, Home Works and East Sussex Children's Services in Hastings.
Cllr Andrew Cartwright lead member for community safety said:
"I was very impressed by the contribution of our Youth Council members throughout the campaign period and indeed during the training. They have given so much thought to how they could help to prevent domestic violence.
"Domestic Violence remains a serious problem within our town. It results in serious emotional and physical injury, sickness absence from work and significant cost to our health services. Our trained White Ribbon Ambassadors will now be able to take an active stand to support the principles of the White Ribbon Campaign and be positive role models in our local communities."
The White Ribbon Organisation lead, Chris Green, said:
"We have been involved with many youth organisations, from World Association of Girl Guides, to ten different Universities, as well as many individuals, but Hastings is leading the way in terms of the involvement of young people in involvement in the campaign through being Ambassadors."
Train with StreetGames for Y Front Run
StreetGames are working in partnership with The Y Front Run, Hastings to encourage men to take up the challenge of running 5km around Alexandra Park in September.
Cllr Dawn Poole, lead member for leisure, explained:
"From Monday, 13 April StreetGames will be running training sessions every week for 12 weeks to encourage all men of any age and fitness to prepare for the annual Y Front Run that will take place on 27 September.
"This is a great opportunity for all local men, including teenagers and OAP's to increase fitness and raise awareness of male cancer issues. I strongly urge interested people to turn up at 6pm on Monday 13 April outside the café in Alexandra Park to register and take part in these training sessions.
Jo Brazier, founder of The Y Front Run Campaign added:
"I set up The Y Front Run Campaign to educate and involve local men to raise awareness of male cancer and to take part in an event.
"This year the Y Front Run takes place on Sunday, 27 September in Alexandra Park and men can register at: www.yfrontrun.co.uk."