Press Releases week beginning 21 September 2015
Seafood and Wine success
Hastings enjoyed another fantastic weekend as visitors and residents flocked to the Old Town to enjoy the town's 12th annual Seafood and Wine Festival.
Cllr Kim Forward, lead member for marketing, explained:
"With over 40 stalls, and thousands and thousands of visitors, this was one of the biggest and best Seafood and Wine Festivals ever. The weather was glorious too, which added to the fantastic party atmosphere.
"The Stade Open Space and, indeed, much of the Old Town, was packed throughout the weekend, as local produce was eagerly sampled.
"Top chef Jean-Christophe Novelli was extremely popular, and found time to walk around the festival and pose for numerous photos and the music tent was also packed throughout the weekend, with Lianne Carroll's Jazz Breakfast on Sunday morning another sell-out.
"Events like this are great for the town and its visitor economy, and I would like to thank the stallholders and musicians for supporting it, and our own staff and volunteers for all of the work they put into making the weekend the success it was."
Alt-Bluegrass act The Coal Porters to appear in Hastings
Led by former Long Ryder Sid Griffin, The Coal Porters are an unconventional five-piece acoustic indie band from London. Firmly established on the UK and European touring circuits and possessors of their own sound The Coal Porters are an acoustic act with attitude. Their live show is polished, passionate and second to none.
Cllr Dawn Poole, lead member for regeneration explained:
"The Coal Porters will be performing their fantastic set on Saturday, 26 September at the Stade Open Space, Hastings as part of the Stade Saturdays programme of free events.
"The band claims to be the world's first 'alt-bluegrass' act with fiddle, mandolin, banjo, acoustic guitar and doghouse bass together with four-part harmonies and memorable melodies. They have toured around the world and have been featured on NPR's Morning Edition in the USA and also recorded a live session for Bob Harris on BBC Radio 2.
"This weekend they will perform for us in Hastings. This free performance starts at 7.30pm at The Stade Open Space, Hastings."
The Coal Porters have five albums available. Their most recent, Find The One, was produced by find spot legend John Wood, producer of Fairport Convention, Nick Drake, Squeeze and Beth Orton.
Business director fined for grotty property
The director of Full Throttle Cars Limited of St Leonards Road, Bexhill has been fined at Eastbourne Magistrates court on 18 September 2015 for failing to comply with a section 215 Notice served on a property the business he owns.
John Griffiths was served the notice under Hastings Borough Council's Grotbuster scheme for failing to comply with a section 215 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 that was served on Full Throttle Cars as the owners of 4 Magdalen Road, St Leonards; a property requiring maintenance works.
Cllr Kim Forward, lead member for planning commented:
"The section 215 notice gives councils the power to deal with untidy land and dilapidated buildings, by getting owners to improve them. In this case, some works had been completed at the property but not all and our Grotbusting enforcement team were unhappy with the lack of progress since the notice was served in May 2014.
"Mr Griffiths has given us an undertaking to get the works completed however, should he not do so he risks further legal action and a continuous offence fine of up to £100 a day.
"We take issues of this nature very seriously indeed and will prosecute if our warnings are ignored. If property owners do not comply with the 215 notice they will be fined and still expected to complete the work so it's in their best interest to get the works done as soon as possible."
Griffiths pleaded guilty at court for failing to comply and was fined £250 with £333 costs and a £25 victim surcharge.
Hope-G celebrate Older People Day
Hastings Older People Ethnic Group (Hope-G) held a health and wellbeing event in St Leonards on Thursday, 24 September.
Organised by Hope-G with support from Hastings Borough Council the free event celebrated Older People Day which will take place nationally on 01 October.
Cllr Dawn Poole, lead member for communities said:
"The main aim of Older People Day is to celebrate achievements and contributions that older people make to our society and tackle negative attitudes and outdated stereotypes.
"People are living longer and 23% of the UK will be aged 65 and over by 2035 so highlighting the benefits of a healthy lifestyle is very important.
"Over 150 people attended the event at Azur which promoted the importance of exercise and wellbeing for the over 60’s. Free taster sessions were on offer including yoga and Tai chi which people participated in enthusiastically."
Julia Wells, Chair of Hope-G added:
"It was fantastic to see so many people from the community come along and take part in free sessions and have a chat with each other and make new friends. Keeping fit and looking after yourself is the secret to a happy life!"