Press Releases week beginning 28 September 2015
Active Hastings gets Sport England boost
Hastings Borough Council's Active Hastings team have been awarded £117,574 by Sport England for a new project called Opening Doors for Sport.
The project will start in January 2016 and will be run for 3 years by Active Hastings in partnership with Hastings Voluntary Action (HVA), The Links Project and NHS and Hastings and Rother Clinical Commissioning Group, who are supporting this project as part of the Healthy Hastings and Rother programme.
Cllr Dawn Poole lead member for leisure explained:
"We are absolutely delighted to receive this Sport England funding. Being active is really important for a healthy mind and body, as well as being lots of fun, thanks to this funding more locals can reap the rewards.
"The aim the Opening Doors for Sport project is to increase opportunities for sport in non-traditional settings, such as community centres, parks and open spaces, in key areas of the town where access to traditional sports facilities is limited.
"It will focus on key areas of the town and the least active people living within those areas. Year one will focus on Central St Leonards, year two on Hollington and Wishing Tree and year three on North East Hastings.
"The project will also be supported by Hastings Voluntary Action's Team Well Fit project, providing opportunities for volunteers to get involved."
This project is one of over 40 projects to secure a share in £8.2 million of National Lottery funding from Sport England. Encouraging people to give sport a go, the fund empowers local communities to reach out to people who for one reason or another don't exercise.
Announcing the funding, Sport England Director of Community Sport, Mike Diaper, said:
"It's great to be working with innovative projects like Opening Doors for Sport which offer more people the chance to get active in a way that suits them best. Given the overwhelming benefits of being active, it's important that age, gender, or income never prevents anyone from taking part."
Find out more about getting active visit www.activehastings.org.uk
High speed ahead?
A report on the potential economic benefits of bringing high speed rail to Hastings and Bexhill is being published on Friday, 09 October.
A meeting is being held at the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, at 8am for 8.30am when a presentation will be made by specialist transport consultants Mott MacDonald. They were commissioned by East Sussex County Council, Hastings Borough Council, and Rother District Council to investigate the economic case for bringing high speed rail into East Sussex, by extending the 'Javelin' trains which already operate between St Pancras International and Ashford to run to/from Bexhill via Hastings.
Business leaders, special interest groups and community leaders are being invited to the meeting, which is also open to members of the public. It is being chaired by Huw Merriman, MP, with the support of Amber Rudd, MP.
Raw Afro-Columbian roots music at the Stade
As part of Hastings Borough Council's free Stade Saturdays programme and the start of the AfriKàBa Festival, Sonpikkante will appear at the Stade Open Space on Saturday, 03 October.
Cllr Dawn Poole lead member for regeneration explained:
"With deep Afro- Caribbean rhythms and salsa groove, Sonpikkante features members of Brighton's legendary Pollito Boogaloo led by Rafael Berrio.
"Born and raised in Columbia, Berrio is committed to playing the traditional music of his ancestors; the folk music that his father and grandfather would have known, music that is happy and sad and laced with hot Latin rhythms and passion.
"This very special free concert is part of AfriKàBa, a festival of high quality African and Caribbean heritage, arts and culture which runs locally through October.
Sonpikkante will appear at the Stade Open Space on Saturday, 03 October from 7.30pm.
To find out more about the AfriKàBa Festival visit www.afrikaba.co.uk
Pre-planning application meeting for public
As part of its commitment to improving community awareness of the planning process, Hastings Borough Council holds Pre-application Forums where developers of significant developments can present their proposals to a wider audience before submitting a planning application.
Two Pre-application Forums are soon to take place:
Summerfields Business Centre, Horntye Park, Hastings, TN34 1UT
Proposal: Residential Development
Pre-application Forum to take place in the Council Chamber, Town Hall, Hastings on 06 October 2015 at 6pm
Travelodge Hastings Hotel, Bohemia Road, Hastings, TN34 1ET
Proposal: Replacement hotel and housing development
Pre-application Forum to take place in the Council Chamber, Town Hall, Hastings on Thursday 15 October 2015 at 6pm
Cllr Kim Forward lead member for planning explained:
"We actively encourage developers to hold forums and can facilitate them on their behalf.
"Key stakeholders are invited to attend and participate in Pre-application Forums and as a result of the Forum we hope that the developer will have a better understanding of community expectation before they submit a planning application.
"The meeting is held in public and whilst the public are encouraged to attend and listen, only invited stakeholders (including community representatives), councillors and officers can speak. However, residents can make their representations and have their questions answered through local representatives and councillors."
For more details please contact the Development Management team on 01424 451090.
Issued on behalf of the Hastings Sierra Leone Friendship Link, which is supported by Hastings Borough Council:
Local musicians get behind campaign to help twin town recover
World renowned locally based Jazz Singer, Liane Carroll and popular local band, The Kytes are getting together to back the campaign to help our twin town, Hastings, Sierra Leone in its recovery from the devastating Ebola outbreak and from the recent floods which have hit the area. They will be playing at the Friendship Link's Charity Ball at The Montgomerie Suite, Bannatynes Hotel on Saturday, 31 October.
Richard Homewood, Chair of the Link said:
"We are delighted that Liane and the Kytes have agreed to perform at the event and help us raise much needed funds to aid the recovery of our Twin Town. Hastings, Sierra Leone was hit hard by the Ebola outbreak and had two of the Ebola Treatment Centres on its doorstep. Our friends there are facing real challenges as they try to re-establish normal life, get the children back to school and support the numerous orphaned children within the community.
"We have been hard at work raising funds and collecting equipment and materials for the schools and the Health Centre. We have sent food aid, protective equipment and other goods during the crisis and we hope to ship another container of goods to Sierra Leone in the next few weeks.
"We are sure everybody will have a most enjoyable evening and we hope to raise as much as possible for our campaign. We are extremely grateful to Liane and the Kytes for donating their time and talent for this great cause. It would be fantastic if we could fill the hall and raise lots of money to help the community in our Twin Town Hastings, Sierra Leone."
Tickets for the Charity Ball can be obtained from Lynn on 01424 853356. At £38 they include a glass of bubbly, a three course meal and coffee as well as great entertainment. Tables of 8 to 10 are available if people want to make it a family or work event.
Seniors Forum celebrates Older People Day
Hastings and St Leonards Seniors Forum (HSSF) celebrated national Older Peoples Day on 01 October with a craft and hobbies fair at Azur, St Leonards.
The event was opened by the Mayor Cllr Bruce Dowling and was also attended by the chair of HSSF Ann Lowndes, Cllr Dawn Poole and Pam Brown OBE.
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 to dispel negative attitudes and outdated stereotypes associated with older people.
This event, organised by Hastings and St Leonards Forum, attracted over 300 people who were all keen to see the many different hobbies available and local crafts."