Press Releases week beginning 07 September 2015
Woman fined for failing to give information about her property
Teresa Malewska of Kenilworth Road, London was summonsed to Eastbourne Magistrates court on 24 August 2015 for failing to comply with the request from Hastings Borough Council to supply information about her property in Cambridge Gardens, St Leonards.
The council served a Notice on Ms Malewska as the owner of the property on 31 March 2015 under Section 16 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 which required her to provide specified information within 21 days. Despite several reminders, Ms Malewska persistently failed to provide the information, therefore delaying investigations and potentially compromising the health and safety of the occupants.
As Malewska failed to provide the information the council took legal action against her in May this year.
Cllr Kim Forward, lead member for housing commented:
"The information was being requested in line with the council's duty to ensure that certain houses in multiple occupation are licensed and are being operated in accordance with required amenity and fire safety standards.
"We have an obligation to ensure that tenants have safe homes to live in and will prosecute landlords who fail to licence their properties."
Malewska pleaded guilty to one charge of failing to comply with the request for information and she was fined £2,400 with £333 costs and £240 victim surcharge.
Bengal Cubs win HIO Football Tournament
Hastings Intercultural Organisation (HIO) held their annual football tournament on Sunday, 06 September in Alexandra Park, Hastings.
The tournament, organised by HIO with support from Hastings Borough Council's Street Games brings key local partners together with communities from many different backgrounds.
Cllr Dawn Poole, lead member for leisure explained:
"Once again it was great to see so many teams participate in this annual football event where Hastings' communities come together to promote community cohesion, unity and safety in the memory of Mohammed al-Majed who tragically lost his life here in Hastings.
"I was very pleased and proud to open the tournament. A minute silence was held, at the request of the teams, to remember Jeremy Birch who was passionate about this event; his commitment to combating racism and community cohesion was unquestionable.
"Congratulations must go to the Bengal Cubs who were the triumphant overall winners and very well done to all those who took part in this fantastic event."
David Zaaroura, chair of HIO commented:
"All teams played with a determination to win and congratulations to the winning team, the Bengal Cubs. Thanks must go to Cllr Dawn Poole and the Mayor, Cllr Bruce Dowling for attending the tournament and demonstrating their firm support to the communities of this tolerant and vibrant town."
Folk duo Trevor Moss and Hannah Lou come to Hastings
Described by the NME as having 'Fairport Convention's folk with Fleetwood Mac's pop sensibilities', this husband and wife duo, Trevor Moss and Hannah-Lou have been tirelessly touring since their last album release in 2012.
Now, Hastings is on their schedule, as part of the free Stade Saturdays programme.
Cllr Dawn Poole, lead member for regeneration explained:
"Trevor Moss and Hannah Lou have been championed by the likes of Bob Harris and John Kennedy and their highlights have included playing the Acoustic Stage at Glastonbury and supporting Tori Amos on a four month EU and USA tour in 2014.
"They have pared their music down simply to two guitars and two voices led by Hannah-Lou's airy, heartrending soprano with the guitars strummed and finger-picked on gentle arrangements of sparky folk-pop melodies.
"Their fourth album, 'Heaven Knows' produced by Ethan Johns is due for release this month (September 2015) so why not come along to the Stade this weekend and see this fantastic folk duo for yourself. You won't be disappointed!"
Trevor Moss and Hannah Lou will perform at the Stade Open Space, Hastings, on Saturday 12 September from 7.30pm.
Gorse clearance first step in habitat restoration
As part of the Higher Level Countryside Stewardship Agreement, Hastings Borough Council is required to reduce the amount of single age mature gorse on the Firehills area of Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve.
The council's contractors will start to reduce the gorse this month (September 2015).
Cllr Warren Davies, lead member for environment explained:
"We are required to reduce the amount of gorse in areas of the country park and work will now start on the Firehills. We will not removing all the gorse, quite the opposite. Our aim is to develop a more diverse coastal habitat with heather, but this may take many years to develop.
"The contractor we have employed does similar work across the County and once the areas of gorse have been removed they will sow heather seeds collected from Ashdown Forest. Reducing overgrown gorse scrub and managing those areas into the future is the first step in a long process of habitat restoration."
Walkers are advised to take care when visiting the Firehills while this work is being carried out.