Press Releases week beginning 18 May 2015
Jeremy Birch Memorial Event
Hastings Borough Council has confirmed that a memorial event will take place on the evening of Saturday, 20 June, in Warrior Square, for Jeremy Birch. Jeremy was leader of Hastings Borough Council until his sudden unexpected death on 06 May.
Details are being finalised, but it is likely that it will start around 8pm and finish, hopefully with a firework display, around 10pm.
It had originally been intended to hold this memorial event at St Mary in the Castle, but it soon became clear that this was going to be too small for the number of people expected to attend. Rather than restrict the number of people attending, which no-one wanted to do, an open air venue has been chosen which will accommodate everybody.
Hastings beaches clean up awards
Two beaches in Hastings - Marina, in St Leonards, and Pelham, adjacent to the main Pelham Place car park - have received the prestigious 'Seaside Awards' for 2015.
The Seaside Award is Keep Britain Tidy's own award for the beaches that meet the very highest standards for cleanliness and facilities.
Keep Britain Tidy's Coastal Awards manager Paul Todd said:
"It is great to be able to celebrate another fantastic year for the Seaside Awards.
"As an environmental charity, Keep Britain Tidy is committed to improving the quality of the places where people live, work and holiday and these winners have proved their commitment to providing the best possible beaches for locals and visitors alike.
"The public can be sure, if they visit a Seaside Award winning beach, that they are visiting one of the best beaches in the world."
Cllr Warren Davies, Hastings Borough Council's new lead member for the environment, added:
"Tourism is vitally important to the local economy here in Hastings and, of course, people expect a seaside resort to have a good beach. I am therefore delighted that two of our beaches have been given seaside awards.
"We are aware that there have been problems with the quality of the bathing water at Pelham Beach, and have been working hard with our partners at Southern Water and the Environment Agency to improve this. I am optimistic that we will meet the new, tougher, standards there this year.
"Along with other improvements taking place along our seafront, and the pier reopening in less than a year, we really do have a lot to celebrate."