Press Releases week beginning 08 January 2018
Tenants welcome new beach huts
Snow may still be in the forecast, but some Hastings residents are looking forward to warmer weather even more than usual, so that they can enjoy their new beach huts.
Hastings Borough Council has installed a total of 38 new chalets, 26 on its own land, and 12 on 'Foreshore Trust' land.
Cllr Kim Forward, the lead member for regeneration at Hastings Borough Council, said :- "Our beach huts and chalets are extremely popular, and we are delighted that we have been able to erect another 38, through a combination of our own money, and the government's 'Coastal Community Fund'.
"Most of the new huts have already been let, and the waiting lists closed, although the waiting list is still open for some new chalets at West Marina.
"The new huts look great, and I'm sure our tenants will soon be enjoying them, even if it is still only January!"
One of the new tenants is Patti Steeples, who has just taken on a beach hut near the pier. Patti said :- "I've lived here in Hastings for eight years now, and really love the place. I used to live in Dorset, where I longed for a beach hut but just couldn't get near the top of the waiting list.
"But I'm delighted with my hut here, and can't wait to start using it!"
The huts were built by Cornerstone Building Contractors of Polegate. Director Chris Doswell said :- "We are a local company, and delighted to work with Hastings Borough Council on the chalets and beach huts. It's been a great project, and we hope the chalet users enjoy their new premises literally on the beach."
Hastings Remembers :- Holocaust Memorial Day 2018
Hastings Borough Council will host its annual Holocaust Memorial Day service at 1100 on Saturday 27th January at St Mary in the Castle, on Hastings seafront.
This year's service will have as its theme 'The Power of Words'? It will include the Acromax Performance Group working with Ark Helenswood Academy, the St Richard's College choir and dancers, and the BISC (Queens University - Canada) chamber choir.
The service is open to everyone, and admission is free but by ticket only.
Tickets must be obtained in advance, and are available from the Hastings Tourist Information Centre in Breeds place, Hastings (by the fountain on the seafront).
Grotbusters come to St Leonards
Hastings Borough Council's Grotbusters team have been touring the town recently to check out new and improved buildings. Since 1999, the team have been responsible for ensuring that improvements are carried out to rundown and eyesore buildings. In that time, over 830 premises across the town have been improved helping to transform the local environment. Improvements to buildings have been made following discussions with owners and, as a last resort, through enforcement action and legal proceedings. The successful initiative has been copied across the country and the team have been called upon to give advice to other councils and agencies.
Council leader Peter Chowney commented that "It was good to see that so many of the previously dilapidated buildings in Central St Leonards have been improved, many of them through the intervention of the council's Grotbusters team. But we found more that need attention, so those property owners will be getting a letter from the council. While enforcement action is always a last resort we will not hesitate to take all necessary means at our disposal to improve run down and eyesore buildings, including improvement notices and prosecutions. Unsightly and dilapidated buildings affect the impression local people and visitors have of the town, and inhibit regeneration by discouraging new businesses from moving in. If you have a rundown building near you, let us know via My Hastings"
Active Hastings calls out for votes to bag a share of Tesco's bag fund
Hastings Borough Councils Active Hastings team is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.
Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of up to £4,000, up to £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects.
Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.
Active Hastings is one of the groups on the shortlist.
Councillor Andy Batsford, lead member for leisure said, "The funding will support Active Hastings and Play Hastings to deliver their Street Bite project, which provides physical activities and healthy meals to young people living in the most deprived areas of Hastings and St Leonards during school holidays - a time when many families are struggling to feed their families and physical activity levels amongst young people drop off dramatically."
Voting is open in all Tesco stores throughout January and February. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.
Tesco's Bags of Help project has already delivered over £40 million to 9,700 projects up and down the UK. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco's regions will be awarded funding.
Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said:
"We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for January and February. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can't wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities."
Groundwork's National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:
"We've been thrilled to see the diversity of projects that have applied for funding, ranging from outdoor classrooms, sports facilities, community gardens, play areas and everything in between.
"We're looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then supporting each group to bring their project to life."
Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organizations can apply online. To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.
Hastings Youth Council manifesto is endorsed by Hastings Borough Council
The Hastings Youth Manifesto was endorsed at Hastings Borough Council's cabinet meeting on Monday, 08 January 2018.
Huda, Chair of Hastings Youth Council commented that, "it was a great opportunity for the youth council to think about our priorities for the next year and how we might achieve them. The Hastings Youth Council manifesto tackles a wide range of topics affecting young people, from mental health to education for life, once again proving that today's generation of young people are far from apathetic about the world they live in."
Councillor Kim Forward, lead member for regeneration and culture said, "I am very proud of our youth council and would like to thank all 24 members for their dedication, commitment and hard work which makes a real difference to young people in our town. Their manifesto's vision of "a world where young people are valued equally, listened to and included" has all of our support and I know they will continue to strive to achieve this for our young citizens."
She added "I am sure some youth council members will go on to become councillors of the future."
The aim of the manifesto is to inform and influence local and national decision makers, particularly those deciding their manifestos in political parties. The manifesto is available on the Hastings Youth Council page.
Mayor Welcomes Home World Champion Darts Player
The mayor of Hastings, Cllr Judy Rogers, welcomed world PDC dart champion and Hastings resident Rob Cross to a reception at Hastings town hall on Tuesday (9th January).
Councillors and Rob's family also attended, to see Rob presented with a mayoral award, a special Battle of Hastings 50p, and a Hastings glass decanter set. After the presentation, the mayor challenged Rob to a spontaneous game of darts in the council chamber!
Cllr Rogers said :- "It was great to welcome Rob back to Hastings and meet his family, and to see the fantastic, and very heavy, trophy that we saw him winning on national television less than a fortnight ago.
"It was a real honour and a privilege to meet a world champion, especially one living here in Hastings.
"As one of my colleagues said, Hastings has been famous for arrows since 1066, and this proves it!"
Rob added : "I really enjoyed the reception, and am very grateful for the invitation, and the mayoral award. I love Hastings, and I felt a real sense of pride here tonight."
The Nature of Things In Hastings
Hastings is to get another local nature reserve in Hastings, its eighth. Hastings Borough Council agreed unanimously at its meeting on Monday (8th January) to declare Ponds Wood a local nature reserve, and to extend the Churchwood local nature reserve.
Cllr Colin Fitzgerald, the council's lead member for the environment, explained :- "We are very lucky in Hastings to have such great green spaces, from the award winning country park and Alexandra Park to our cherished 'pocket parks'.
"Ponds Wood is ancient semi-natural woodland bordering a stream. It provides easy access for local residents to enjoy a high quality natural space in the middle of a built-up urban environment.
"Robsack Meadow was originally allocated as a housing site, but we have now removed that designation following the inspectors recommendations into our 2015 Local Plan. To protect this area going forward, we are extending the Churchwood local nature reserve boundary to include Robsack Meadow.
"Hastings will now have eight local nature reserves, a very high number for a town of our size, showing how we value these local green 'lungs' for wildlife, and local residents and visitors, to enjoy."
A declaration notice is being published in the local press and on the council's website to allow the public to inspect the declaration and the boundary map free of charge.