Press Releases week beginning 20 April 2015
Massive turnout for first Hastings Parkrun
A staggering 218 runners turned out on Saturday, 18 April for the eagerly awaited 5km seafront Hastings parkrun course.
92 of the runners were making their parkrun debuts; proof that parkrun really does attract beginners into running. There were representatives from 20 clubs including 37 participants from Hastings Runners with another 17 marshalling and 18 runners from Eastbourne Rovers.
Hastings AC's Max Thomas has set a blistering course record with a time of 15.37. Hastings Runners' Stuart Piper followed 2nd at 17.23, Leo Cacciatore 3rd with 17.39, Martin Noakes 7th at 18.46 and Jake Wilkinson 9th at 18.53. The evergreen Sylvia Huggett has set the age graded record mark with a huge 85% at 24.13. Thanks to support from parkrun, Active Hastings, Freedom Leisure, Hastings Round Table and Hastings Lions, Hastings parkrun will take place every Saturday morning at 9am from the Hastings Half Marathon start at Grosvenor Gardens.
Nick Brown event organiser said:
"It was an incredible turnout and just proves the popularity of running in Hastings. Many of the runners had never taken part in anything like this before, and hopefully this will inspire even more people to get involved. Parkrun really is aimed at all abilities and ages, witnessed by the fact that we had many under 10s running accompanied by parents as well as a number of runners in their early 70s! The feedback from runners was exceptionally good, and I am sure that many parkrunners from all over the South East will be venturing to Hastings in due course! I would like to thank all the marshals, but in particular timekeepers Sue Hall and Anthony Gardner; Natasha Slow and Terry Kitson on finish tokens, and barcode scanners Maria Trotman and Vicky Walker who coped very well in demanding conditions."
Cath Smee, Active Hastings Coordinator commented:
"It was a really good turnout on Saturday and great that so many families took part. There was a dad and his two daughters and three generations from another family which included a baby in a pram! We look forward to seeing how this regular event evolves in the coming months.
Parkruns are free to enter and aimed at runners of all abilities and ages. To take part in these 5kms runs, simply register at www.parkrun.org.uk/hastings, download your free barcode and then turn up to run!
There are now 320 parkruns in the UK, with over 60,000 weekly parkrunners.
Building Developers fined for Planning Breaches
Connor Developments (UK) LLP were summonsed to Eastbourne Magistrates Court on Friday, 17 April for breaches of planning condition notices.
On 16 February 2015 Connor Developments (UK) LLP breached the terms of an enforcement notice issued on 18 June 2014 by Hastings Borough Council under section 187A of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 as added by section 2 of the Planning and Compensation Act 1991 which required the defendant to comply with conditions 4 and 5 of the planning permission HS/FA/12/00252 six months after the date the notice was served.
Marcus Berrisford, senior development control enforcement officer explained:
"Condition 4 related to the provision of traffic calming features such as raised tables on Whatlington Way and Catsfield Close and Condition 5 related to providing an adoptable footpath and pedestrian crossing point to recreational land on the south side of Crowhurst Road.
"The developers failed to comply with these conditions and as a result enforcement action has been taken."
The defendant Connor Developments (UK) LLP pleaded guilty by post via their solicitor. They were fined £500 for each breach with a £50 victim surcharge resulting in a total fine of £1,050.
Marcus Beresford added:
"We take beaches of planning conditions very seriously indeed. We will remind the developers that they still need to undertake the required works and failure to do so will result in further legal proceedings against them."
New sports programme for Hastings
Active Hastings is the easy, fun way to get your everyday dose of physical activity. It only takes 30 minutes a day for adults and 60 a day for children to get fitter, healthier and happier.
The new sports and activity programme developed by the Active Hastings team offers activities for all ages and abilities. Whether you're a fitness fanatic or a couch potato, aged 2 or 102 there is something for everyone including walks in the park, Zumba, netball, tai chi, sport for all disability programme, mums and toddlers and so much more.
Cath Smee, Active Hastings coordinator said:
"This new programme offers a really good variety of activities at venues across the town right through until July. All sessions are free unless otherwise stated and cater for all ages and abilities. Often there's no need to book just turn up and get involved in an activity to suit you - we would love to see you!"
Visit www.hastings.gov.uk for more details or email the Active Hastings team firstname.lastname@example.org.