Press Releases week beginning 05 October 2015
Town ready to celebrate again
Hastings is getting ready to celebrate 'Hastings Week', held in the town every year in the week in which 14 October falls. October 14 is Hastings Day, marking the Battle of Hastings which took place on 14 October 1066. This year the week starts on Saturday, 10 October, with the opening ceremony outside the town hall at 9.30am.
Cllr Kim Forward, lead member for marketing said:
"This year there is another superb programme of events, organised by the volunteers of the Hastings Week committee, with the support of the council.
"There really is something for everyone, including the classic car show on the Stade over the weekend of Saturday, 10 and Sunday 11 October, many different guided walks throughout the week, a chess challenge, a behind the scenes tour of the White Rock theatre, a tea dance, a photographic exhibition, a display of primary schools art work of the pier, a jazz evening, a hobbies and crafts fair, the 63rd national town criers' championships, a jazz breakfast, and a vintage commercial vehicle display!
"Many restaurants/eateries are taking part in the £10.66 meal deal, where you can buy two meals for just £10.66.
"On Hastings Day itself, Wednesday, 14 October, the Mayor will present the 'Order of 1066 Award' to a local person. This is the supreme accolade for services to the town, and a closely guarded secret until the evening.
"The week literally ends with a bang - actually lots of bangs - on the evening of Saturday, 17 October with the spectacular torch lit procession, bonfire and amazing fireworks, organised by Hastings Borough Bonfire Society.
"Detailed programmes containing information on all of the events can be picked up from our Tourist Information Centre in Breeds Place, by the fountain and you can also buy special souvenir envelopes there, which will receive a commemorative Hastings Day frank."
Visit www.hastingsfestivals.com for full programme of events, including details of the bonfire procession.
Hastings to launch 'This Girl Can' campaign
This Girl Can, a national campaign developed by Sport England and a wide range of partnership organisations is a celebration of active women up and down the country who are doing their thing no matter how well they do it or even how they look.
This week (05 October) Hastings Borough Council's Active Hastings team together with East Sussex County Council's Public Health team and the support of other local organisations 'This Girl Can Hastings' has been launched.
Cllr Dawn Poole, lead member for leisure explained:
"This is a fantastic national campaign and we are really looking forward to being involved here in Hastings. It's all about getting active and doing your thing no matter how you look or how hot and bothered you get.
"In Hastings we are using local women in our This Girl Can posters to inspire other women living in the Hastings and St Leonards area to get active. Look out for our posters around town; you may see someone you know!
"We are now inviting women locally to take part in this campaign by getting active and sharing a photo of themselves being active via their Facebook or Twitter accounts using #thisgirlcanhastings.
"You can be on your own, in a group with friends, with your children how ever you like as long as you are being active!"
The council will be giving prizes for photos they share of people taking part using the hash tag #thisgirlcanhastings. Simply post a photo of you getting active on Facebook or twitter with the following statement: 'Here's my This Girl Can photo! I nominate (tag 3 friends) to get active and post the photo. Make sure you make the post public and use #thisgirlcanhastings. If Active Hastings shares your photo you'll win a prize!
Find out more about the national campaign: www.thisgirlcan.co.uk
High speed ahead?
The economic benefits of a high speed link between London, Hastings and Bexhill were unveiled this morning at the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill.
East Sussex County Council, Hastings Borough Council, and Rother District Council jointly commissioned a report from specialist consultants Mott McDonald to develop the strategic economic case for extending the high speed 'Javelin’ services from London St Pancras to Hastings and Bexhill.
The trains would significantly cut journey times, with the fastest off-peak journey times between London and Hastings being reduced from over 90 minutes to just 68 minutes, and between London and Bexhill from 100 minutes to 78 minutes.
Mott McDonald's finding show that a high speed link would:
- Increase business investment and growth in Hastings and Bexhill with the improved image and perception of the area as a business location
- Increase the attractiveness of the area as a place to work and live
- 'Supercharge' the local economy, building upon existing regeneration successes
- Generate over 200 jobs per year in the local visitor economy worth up to £7.6m per year
- Bring £27 million of benefit and 629 jobs per year in regeneration and economic benefits by 2028
- Bring £354 million of benefit to the local area by 2044
Cllr Rupert Simmons, East Sussex County Council's lead member for economy, said:
"We are delighted with this report, which makes an overwhelming case for the extension of the high speed rail line into East Sussex. While the business case is greater than we could have imagined, this is the first step and we will still have to wait for Network Rail's report on the cost and feasibility of extending the high speed rail line.
"This is about improving the economy and increasing the number of jobs in Hastings and Bexhill by investing in important infrastructure. As well as encouraging a buoyant job market, reducing the journey time to London by 30 minutes will help to encourage inward investment in the county and improve accessibility for residents and businesses alike. This, on top of the investment being made in the Bexhill to Hastings Link Road and other infrastructure to unlock employment development in the area, will help us create and support a thriving economy in East Sussex."
Cllr Peter Chowney, leader of Hastings Borough Council, added:
"I am very excited at the findings of this report, which makes a very strong business case for extending high speed trains to Hastings and Bexhill.
"We have seen some tremendous investment in the area over the last few years, which has created new jobs, a real boost to our reputation, and the feeling that things really are getting better.
"Latest national statistics show that Hastings is still the most deprived town in the south east, and the second most deprived seaside resort in the country, so there is still much more work to be done.
"A high speed link to London is absolutely vital for our regeneration to continue, and I hope that this really positive report will help us get the investment in the rail infrastructure that we so desperately need."
Cllr Carl Maynard, leader of Rother District Council, said:
"This report makes a great business case for the extension of the high speed rail network to Bexhill, Hastings and Rye and we welcome it. Good transport links are vital for Rother's economy and at the heart of our attempts to improve the infrastructure in the district.
"The economic case evidences that high speed rail will offer better connections to London and Europe and increase business investment and growth, thus increasing the economic benefits and attractiveness of the area. The report also evidences the benefit to residents travelling out of the district for work, and how the high speed rail will open up new markets of visitors coming into the area.
"The positive impact this would have on the economy in the district is obvious in the consultant's report and hugely important, and we now await Network Rail's report, which we believe should help support the case for high speed rail."