Press Releases week beginning 09 July 2018
Flying the FLAG for Hastings Fish
Hastings Borough Council were successful in gaining £800,000 ring-fenced EMFF (European Maritime Fisheries Fund) to deliver the Hastings FLAG (Fisheries Local Action Group) programme in 2017, which will end in 2020. The Hastings FLAG supports commercial fishing in Hastings through community-led local development. Councillor Kim Forward, portfolio holder for regeneration said, "I am very pleased at the continuing success of the Hastings FLAG which enables support of a thousand year old community industry through innovative 21st century projects. These are helping to ensure its sustainability and place at the heart of our town."
Hastings is delivering three key themes: Sustainable Fleet and Supply Chain, The Environment, and The Place. So far, eight applications have been approved:
- New bespoke ice flakers for Hastings Fish Market who gained 80% funding from FLAG. The remaining 20% of funds has been granted by the Foreshore Trust as a community asset.
- The Hastings Fish Brand, delivered by Hastings Borough Council. This project gained 100% FLAG funding as it's seen as a priority by EMFF. This fish brand will be launched at this year's Seafood and Wine Festival and will promote local, sustainably caught fish.
- Supporting Sustainable Sepia Stocks: Sussex inshore fisheries conservation authority (IFCA) is conducting new research into the life-cycles of cuttlefish. The results will inform fishermen and scientists about egg survival rates and increased sustainability. 100% funded by FLAG as the project is innovative and a number of stakeholders will benefit from outcomes
- Aspiring Chef's Academy run by Education Futures Trust, based in Classroom on the Coast. They received 75% FLAG funding. Students from secondary schools across Hastings will take term long courses to understand fish cookery and the industry. They'll be showcasing their skills in a pop-up restaurant in the Stade Hall on Tuesdays during term time between 12-2pm.
- Hastings Fishermen's Protection Society (HFPS) were given an 80% grant for a mini digger for trench digging to get boats up and down the beach.
- Hastings Borough Council received a 75%grant for replacement vehicle barriers with new fob system to restrict access to the beach for essential users and keep the winch road safe for the public and fleet.
- Two individual fishermen have received FLAG funding for health and safety improvements to their boats with a further five gaining funding through the core EMFF programme.
All applications are assessed by the FLAG Board which is made up of representatives from the public, private and voluntary sectors as well as the fishing industry. Applicants can receive between 50-100% funding and FLAG are still seeking expressions of interest for projects up to £100,000. Expressions of interest should be submitted by the end of September. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website: www.hastingsflag.org.uk
Hastings Council fines rogue landlord
Hastings Borough Council has successfully prosecuted Mr Thomas Wallace with a total of 16 offences under the Housing Act 2004.
Mr Wallace pleaded guilty to the offence of non-compliance with a statutory improvement notice at 25 Boscobel Road, St Leonards-on-Sea for which he was fined £ 2,667 and required to pay £ 432 costs and a £ 170 victim surcharge.
Following sentencing of the offences with regards to 25 Boscobel Road Mr Wallace was also then sentenced for 15 previous offences for which he pleaded guilty to of operating 15 privately rented properties that were required to be licensed under the Councils Selective Licensing Scheme. For these offences Mr Wallace was fined £ 367 per offence and required to pay costs of £ 435 per offence.
In total Mr Wallace was fined £ 8,171 and required to pay costs of £ 6,912. Councillor Andy Batsford remarked, "Given the large number of properties owned by Mr Wallace, it is disappointing that Mr Wallace was not fined even more. Fortunately, most landlords do not behave in this way. We want responsible landlords in this town and unlicensed landlords will be advised, warned and then taken to court for operating illegally. We want decent housing for all in our town".
Summer Free for all
You could spend the whole summer on Hastings award winning beaches, but the town also has a fantastic number of free activities on offer this summer.
Hastings Borough Council is offering at least two free events for each week of the summer holidays this summer. Although the summer is a peak time for holiday visitors, local people are well catered for throughout July and August. Cllr Peter Chowney, leader of the council said, "There's something here for everyone - it's good to see such a range of free activities on offer. The council can put these events on because we've bid for and won substantial external funding to make them possible. I would also like to thank Freedom Leisure, Big Local North East Hastings, Optivo and Orbit Housing associations, Hastings Area Opportunities Fund, the Source Park, 18 Hours, Coasters, and the Arts Council, all of whom have funded or organised summer events. But I'd also like to pay tribute to the many volunteers from the community who organise and help with so many events around the town. Without them, such a comprehensive programme would not be possible."
For young children, there are Play Days at Alexandra Park beginning the end of July. Street Bites, aimed at 11 to 16 year olds, includes a free lunch and offers sport and craft, twice weekly in August.
There is a free football tournament at Horntye at the end of August, and the free summer streets sessions, with football, multi sports and craft activities available 5 days a week in August. For more information about summer sport and play www.hastings.gov.uk/sport_play_summer_season
The Source Park offers a free BMX session to those new to BMX biking every Tuesday afternoon. More information at www.sourcebmx.com
Hastings museum and art gallery offers free storytelling from around the world for children, inspired by pieces from the museum collection on Wednesdays, and free open air theatre to celebrate dinosaur day.
Don't miss "Collect" opening in July at Hastings museum and art gallery. Local artists were set the challenge of responding to either particular objects or the idea of 'collecting' in whatever way they chose. From fossils to Samurai armour, and seaside souvenirs to the American Plains, inspiration has come from every corner of the museum, resulting in some impressive and intriguing paintings, textiles and mixed media works. Admission is free. http://www.hmag.org.uk/
For an afternoon walk with a difference, visit the temporary resident dinosaur on the seafront in St Leonards. For those 16 and under, there is a name the dinosaur competition, see Hastings Borough Council Facebook page for details. Or, take a walk around Hastings old town, this year's winner of the "best walking neighbourhood". Hastings award winning parks and nature reserves offer fabulous places to go for walks, picnics, and to play. Some like Alexandra Park and Hastings Country Park have regular events for families. There are hidden gems in the area such as the Filsham reed beds in St Leonards, the ancient woodland of Church wood or spend a day exploring the coastal cliffs and ancient woods of Hastings Country Park. There is always plenty to do at Alexandra Park for all the family, so when looking for something to do this summer, be sure to visit the great parks and open spaces on your doorstep.
Stade Saturday free events offer circus extravaganza, dance and local musicians such as the Lantern society songwriters festival, Cirque Rouages story on a tightrope, and dance theatre "Carousel" with a fully functioning merry go round, an edgy tale of fairground people. https://www.hastings.gov.uk/stadesaturdays
As always there are some well-established events that are free for the community to enjoy- Pirate Day, Old Town Carnival week, Coastal Currents, AfriKàBa Festival, classic car and motorbike shows, and more as September begins. In fact, the season of events continues until 13 October with Hastings week and bonfire night.
Bottle Alley lights up every evening at 10pm for a 7 minute light show, extended to 30 minutes on Fridays. Take a stroll along the seafront from the pier to Warrior Square to enjoy the amazing state of the art light show, and have a wonderful summer!