Press Releases week beginning 31 August 2015
Council supports water company after burst water main leaves thousands without water
Hastings Borough Council staff helped hand out water to local residents on Sunday after a burst water main left many thousands of homes without water.
Lead member for the environment, Cllr Warren Davies said:
"We believe that over 20,000 local people were left without water on Sunday after Southern Water's burst water main meant that almost 10,000 homes had their supply cut off.
"Southern Water asked if we could help with the distribution of water, and our wardens and other staff were pleased to help. They were handing out water from around midday on Sunday until around 8 o'clock in the evening, when water supplies were restored. Altogether, Southern Water and council staff handed out an estimated 11,500 bottles of water.
"Although it clearly wasn't our fault, we were very happy to help our colleagues in Southern Water - this was partnership working as it should be, and a good example of interventionist local government. I am very grateful to all of the workers who gave up their Sunday to help."
Boredom at the Stade
Hunt & Darton bring their brilliantly witty stage show to Stade Saturdays on Saturday, 05 September in their first outdoor performance of Boredom.
Boredom is an exploration into the highs and lows of being bored - something that Hunt & Darton find rather interesting.
Cllr Dawn Poole, lead member for regeneration explained:
"We are pleased to bring yet another free event to Hastings in the Stade Saturdays programme.
"Hunt & Darton are a Live Art Collaboration between Jenny Hunt and Holly Darton. Their work has been described as deadpan and absurd, often collapsing into humour and it comes to us after showing for a month at the Edinburgh Fringe. As part of the Coastal Currents annual Arts Festival, Boredom starts at 7.30pm on Saturday at the Stade Open Space. Come along - you won't be bored!"
Flying the flag for merchant seamen
The red ensign has been raised above Hastings town hall on Thursday, 03 September to mark Merchant Navy Day.
Standard bearers from local service organisations watched as the 'red duster' was raised, in front of Cllr Alan Roberts, Immediate past Mayor of Hastings, Jane Hartnell, Director of Corporate Services at Hastings Borough Council, and Alan Kemp, Deputy Senior Officer (Naval), Hastings Veterans' Association, himself a former WWII commando.
Cllr Alan Roberts said:
"I was honoured to be asked to preside over the first 'Red Ensign' ceremony here in Hastings. As a cinque port and home to the largest beach-launched fishing fleet in Europe we have a particularly close connection with the sea, and I know many local Hastings men, and women, have served, and indeed continue to serve, in the merchant navy.
"It is therefore only fitting, and right, that the Red Ensign today flies proudly over Hastings town hall."