Press Releases week beginning 26 November 2018
New tree-t for Alexandra Park users
An historic tree has been planted in Alexandra Park in Hastings.
Lead councillor for the environment, Cllr Colin Fitzgerald, explained :- "A Wollemi pine has been donated by Hastings residents Max and Lee Colton. This most unusual tree was discovered in Australia in 1994, and had previously only been known through fossil records.
"Thanks to a propagation programme this magnificent tree is now being grown across the world.
"It can reach a height of 40m, and it has a unique brown and knobbly bark which resembles the 'Coco Pops' breakfast cereal! Although we certainly don't recommend eating it…
"We are very grateful to Max and Lee, it will be a very welcome addition to Alexandra Park's already superb tree collection."
Watch out, watch out, there's a grotbuster about…
Hastings Borough Council's 'grotbusting' team have been in action again, resulting in the owners of two rundown buildings pleading guilty in court.
The council started its grotbuster campaign in 2000 targeting run down or derelict buildings and structures for improvement. So far, 880 have been improved (33 so far this year) winning the council praise both locally and nationally.
Last Friday (23rd November) the council successfully prosecuted the owners of eyesore buildings who had not complied with enforcement notices served upon them.
Jedwing Limited pleaded guilty and were fined £250 with a £30 victim surcharge and ordered to pay £360 costs in respect of 44 Cambridge Road. The work at this property has now been completed.
Maxiwood Limited pleaded guilty and were fined £300 with a £30 victim surcharge and ordered to pay £320 costs in respect of 5 Wellington Square, a Grade II listed building.
Cllr Kim Forward, the council's deputy leader said :- "Hastings is a lovely town, with some fantastic buildings and architecture, which we are very proud of. The vast majority of property owners look after these buildings, but a few let us, and themselves, down.
"We understand that buildings do need constant attention, especially in a seaside town, and we always try to work with the property owners. The vast majority whom we have to issue warning letters to do take notice and make the necessary improvements. But we are serious, and will take enforcement action if necessary. If the owners still won't act responsibly, we will not hesitate to take them to court, as in these cases.
"I hope these successful prosecutions send out a strong message to all property owners to look after their buildings, or face the consequences. And we will take further legal action if the work at Wellington Square is not completed to our satisfaction."