Press Releases week beginning 09 November 2015
Hastings Old Town Awarded Best Neighbourhood In UK and Ireland
The Old Town of Hastings has been crowned best neighbourhood in the UK and Ireland at the 2016 Urbanism Awards Ceremony, held on Friday 5th November, beating off strong competition from Devonshire Quarter, Sheffield, and Hulme, Manchester.
The award is one of five given out annually by built-environment network The Academy of Urbanism to recognise the best, most enduring or most improved urban environments. Voted on by its members, who include leading architects, planners and developers, each award covers a number of social, economic and environmental factors, including good governance and commercial success.
Following their assessment visit to Hastings Old Town during the summer, judges were particularly impressed with the way in which it has kept much of its historic fabric and layout intact, yet managed to embrace contemporary additions that creatively respond to the townscape. A noted example was the Jerwood Gallery, amongst other new buildings on the town's seafront. Underlying the successful transformation is a consultation process and partnership with the community, especially a number of neighbourhood associations, as a result of which an increasing number of people are choosing to live and work in this stimulating and distinctive place.
Steven Bee, chair of the Academy, said: "The tight network of small-scale historic streets provides an attractive and popular built character. The benefits are not just aesthetic however. The area is walkable, with a lively mixes of people and uses, generally comfortable with living in close proximity. Its successful fishing fleet and associated businesses are attracting new business leisure uses, strengthening its popularity.
"Our finalists, this year as every previous year, are places that offer evidence of how great places evolve from the efforts of their citizens, institutions and enterprises. The Academy of Urbanism celebrates the achievements of our 15 finalists and the lessons they offer to other places seeking to emulate their success."
Cllr Peter Chowney, leader of Hastings Borough Council, said :- "Although we didn't attend the awards evening, I am delighted that we have won this award. We have always been proud of our community spirit, and this award recognises the uniqueness of our historic Old Town :- the incredible mix of building styles, and of the people who live and work there."
The other winners were: San Sebastian, which scooped The European City of the Year Award; Frome, which won The Great Town Award; Oliver Plunkett Street, which picked up The Great Street Award; and Peace Bridge / Ebrington Square, which won The Great Place Award.
Project to Regenerate Run Down Homes in St Leonards Enters Phase Two!
An award winning housing project which is helping to regenerate the St Leonards area is due to enter its second phase.
The CoastalSpace project, a partnership between housing association AmicusHorizon and Hastings Borough Council, is improving and converting run down homes in St Leonards.
CoastalSpace has already delivered 38 fully refurbished homes for local people since the programme launched in 2013. This includes a former nursing home in Carisbrooke Road that had stood unused for nearly seven years.
The project is now set to enter phase two, refurbishing a further 30 properties over the next three years in the central St Leonards area.
Neill Tickle, AmicusHorizon's Development Director, said:
"Our CoastalSpace project has dramatically improved property standards in the Central St Leonards area - delivering quality homes for local people. So we're delighted to be launching Phase two in partnership with Hastings Borough Council and continuing this vital regeneration work. The CoastalSpace project is more than just bricks and mortar. We've a keen focus on training and employment support, working with communities and residents in the area."
Cllr Kim Forward, the council's lead member for housing, added:
"We are fully committed to providing affordable, good quality homes for local people so the 38 properties that have undergone development and completion through our joint partnership is very good news indeed. But, we want more.
"Phase two will transform another 30 run down properties over the next three years into more high quality homes for families in St Leonards.
"We are very proud to be working with AmicusHorizon on these projects and look forward to the completion of this next phase."
Since CoastalSpace launched, 724 properties have been inspected by Hastings Borough Council. And 116 of those properties have been improved, raising the standards of housing in the area. The project also joined forces with Hastings Works to set up an employment support service, St Leonards Works in London Road. From April to December 2014 the service received nearly 1,400 visits by over 300 local people with many residents being supported into employment, apprenticeships and work experience.
CoastalSpace also won the accolade of 'Best Regeneration' at this year's national Placemaking Awards. Judges whittled the project down from over 200 entries, praising the scheme for making a real difference at a local level and tackling issues of worklessness and housing need faced by the coastal community.
Game Cookery at Classroom on the Coast
Just a stone's throw from the boats on the beach, Classroom on the Coast at The Stade is a stunning, purpose built, fully equipped cookery school in the heart of Hastings' famous fishing community.
As we approach the festive season, the Classroom will be taking a short break from fish to hold a series of game cookery classes just in time for Christmas.
Cllr Dawn Poole, Hastings Borough Council's lead member for regeneration explained:
"The Classroom on the Coast, supported by the council, is well known locally for its fish cookery classes and events but over the next three weeks game is going to be on the menu.
"Under the guidance of our chef Toby, learn how easy it is to cook delicious pheasant, rabbit and venison in a series of themed classes where you will cook restaurant standard recipes, and eat what you have made.
"The classes run for approximately two hours with two dates for each; pheasant cookery 24th or 25 November, rabbit cookery 1st or 2nd December and venison cookery on 8th or 9th December."
"Fish cookery classes will return in the New Year, so be sure to look out for the new dates coming soon."
Each game cookery class costs £30 and must be booked in advance.
To book your place or for more information please contact the chef, Toby Welfare on 07955244874 or email firstname.lastname@example.org