Press Releases week beginning 21 May 2018
Go walkabout in Hastings!
Hastings has won the first Britain's best walking neighbourhood award after what was described as "an intense competition" by Ramblers Association (GB) chair Kate Ashbrook.
12 000 votes were cast, and Hastings won with 21% of the vote from a shortlist of 10 towns. Chair Kate Ashbrook particularly thanked Anthony Slack, who lives in the old town, but also thanked Hastings Borough Council for having the forethought to think of pedestrians when planning street improvements, and this award recognises and celebrates towns that put pedestrians first.
She said, "We want towns to be designed around walking green spaces, with safe wide paths. We hope this award will encourage local authorities to think and plan for walkers, visitors (economy) and residents."
"We want councillors to sign up to our charter for walkable towns and cities, adding planning conditions in local plans for all new developments to contribute to local free space with Green space standards and local walking and cycling infrastructure plan"
"Hastings truly deserves the award. The council is already doing these things-giving priority to pedestrians, introducing traffic calming measures, decorative paving and under road walkways. The twittens are historic of course, but open the town to the sea. Congratulations, you are a fine example to others."