Press Releases week beginning 22 June 2015
Visitors flock to Fish Festival
Thousands of visitors flocked to Hastings' Midsummer Fish Festival over the weekend of Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 June.
Kevin Boorman, Marketing Manager, explained:
"The weather was far better than forecast, and we had a really great two days on the Stade open space, in Hastings Old Town. Many years ago the fishermen used to dry their nets in this area, so it is the perfect place to hold an event like this, showcasing local fish, wine, and other local produce. The event was funded by the European Union through the Fisheries Local Action Group project, and organised by Hastings Borough Council.
"Thousands visited us over the weekend, sampling the very best in locally sourced food. The cookery demonstrations in the Classroom on the Coast were very popular, as was the exhibition in the Stade Hall of Laetitia Yhap's paintings of fishermen. There was even a chance for visitors to take to the sea, with 'Adventure Activities Sussex' organising 'taster' kayaking sessions from the beach. With net making demonstrations and fish-printing organised by Hastings Fishermen's Protection Society, the fish-printing with the help of Radiator Arts too, it really was a packed weekend and there was fantastic live music, and even Morris dancing to enjoy.
"We've already had some great feedback on how good the event was, and how well organised it was, and I would like to thank my colleagues for all of the work they put into making the fish festival the success it was."
Queensway Gateway planning decision statement
"The High Court has already ruled that the majority of Mr Carlyle's arguments are misconceived.
"However, we do accept that the report which went to our planning committee in respect of the 'Queensway Gateway' road did not draw committee members' attention to the policy regarding air quality. It should have done, and we apologise for this omission.
"We do not think that it is in the interests of local council tax payers for us to continue lengthy and potentially costly legal debate and so we have agreed to reconsider the scheme again at a further planning committee meeting. "We do not think that it is in the interests of local council tax payers for us to continue lengthy and potentially costly legal debate and so we have agreed to reconsider the scheme again at a further planning committee meeting.
"It would be inappropriate for us to make any further comment on the original planning report, or to speculate on what might happen in the future, at this time."
Former Hastings resident opens Europe's first Blind Museum in Switzerland
Former Hastings resident Turel Sut, who used to own a business in Priory Meadow, is opening what is thought to be Europe's first museum for the blind at the International Blind Centre in Switzerland.
"Although I now live in Germany, I am still a British citizen, and remember my days in Hastings with affection. Indeed, my work in Hastings gave me the confidence to develop my ideas, and I am looking forward to opening what I think will be Europe's first blind museum at the International Blind Centre in Switzerland in September."
A video of Turel's work can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnohS-avtpQ , and Turel can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org