Press Releases week beginning 07 December 2015
Hastings aims to be dementia friendly
Hastings borough councillors took part in special training this week (01 December) run by Hastings Dementia Action Alliance.
The council's deputy leader Cllr Kim Forward, who attended the training explained:
"Hastings Dementia Action Alliance is aiming to make Hastings a dementia friendly town and the council is very keen to support this. With the highest population of very elderly residents in the country, East Sussex has a significantly higher prevalence of people living with dementia than the England average so it's vital that we support this initiative.
"The training session highlighted some of the issues for people living with dementia in our town and the need to raise awareness; it's not only elderly people that live with dementia younger people do too. The councillors are now dementia friends in line with the council's dementia action plan."
For more information and to become a dementia friend, visit www.dementiaaction.org.uk/local_alliances
Grotbusters strike again
Another property in Hastings has had a makeover after it was targeted by Hastings Borough Council's Grotbuster team.
The works have been carried out after liaison with the owners of the property in Cambridge Road, Hastings.
Cllr Kim Forward the council's lead member for housing said:
"I am really pleased that we take these proactive actions that bring such great results.
"Although the council did not serve a section 215 Notice which gives councils the power to deal with untidy land and dilapidated buildings by getting owners to improve them, formal enforcement action was taken when a Request for Information Notice, in preparation of serving a 215 Notice was served.
"The Request for Information was served on 27 October 2015 and the works have now been completed at this property in a very prominent position in the town.
"A number of other properties have also been targeted by our Grotbusting team in this area, with ten now finished and undertakings by owners to complete the works on a further five.
"It's vital that we continue to improve local eye-sores by tackling properties in this way to ensure that the town's on-going regeneration is felt by people living in all areas."
Wildlife corridor created
Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve volunteers, estate rangers and the country park ranger have been working together to create a natural wildlife corridor of hedge line.
Cllr Warren Davies Hastings borough council's lead member for the environment explained:
"The new wildlife corridor of hedge line has been planted in what was an extremely large open field as part of the long term plan for the country park.
"A mix of over 1000 native hedging 'whips' have been planted by volunteers and rangers to support threatened birds like yellow hammer and linnet and other wildlife too.
"It will take a few years to fully establish but will offer shelter and an ideal habitat for wildlife in this exceptional area of countryside.
"Thanks must go to the volunteers for their ongoing commitment and support of the work in the country park, without their help important work like this would not be possible."