Hastings BID News August 2018

In this newsletter:
1) Paint jobs and paste-ups
2) Meercat Associates – Cost saving initiatives
3) The town doesn’t clean itself
4) Christmas lights
5) BAAP Consultation
6) BCRP update
7) The new Love Hastings website
8) Made Hastings celebrates it’s 1st birthday

9) New businesses in the town centre
10) Source Park – Battle of Hastings

Paint-jobs and paste-ups​

The annual Coastal Currents arts festival is almost upon us, and the BID area is getting some splashes of colour added thanks to work between the BID team, the council, and the festival organisers. ​

Talented realism specialist REQ is currently putting the finishing touches to his image of a swimmer emerging from the see on a large wall on Queen’s Road, and Etienne Le Comte has almost finished pasting up some of his detailed graphic design work on the Harold Place hoardings. ​

Anyone wondering about the blank screen that has appeared on one of Debenham’s windows will have to watch that space in the evenings during the festival to see what surprises are in store. And you will want to keep your eye’s peeled for a number of ‘hidden’ wallpaper masterpieces by acclaimed artist Deborah Bowness.​

The Seaweed Shop will definitely be worth a visit in Trinity Triangle – and look out for various pop-up gallaries and exhibitions in other shops around the town throughout September.

Speak to a Meercat representative and save money for your business
On Wednesday 5th September, Susana from Meercat Associates will be visiting businesses in the BID area. Meercat Associates have access to great savings on your utility bills and other business outgoings such as pest control.

If you would like to arrange a 20 minute appointment with Susana, please let us know by emailing marketing@lovehastings.com or calling 07377 342424. Please note there are limited appointments available, so booking is highly advisable.

This service is fully funded by the BID and is available to any BID levy payer.

The town doesn’t clean itself​

Although it’s the council and its contractors who are responsible for tidying up the town, at Love Hastings we have our eyes peeled every day for the things that sometimes get missed.

Small flytips can soon become big ones, old event posters look tired and tatty, and graffiti – although not a huge problem in the town, needs quick removal.​

We’re on your side and we’re here to ensure things are kept looking as good as possible.​

Christmas lights

We have ordered four new Christmas light designs, which will be installed in Robertson Street and Queens Road this year.

We are looking at ways to improve and build on the Christmas lighting throughout the whole town, however each new lamp post added to the Christmas lights programme costs approximately £1,000 from start to finish, making it one of our longer term projects. Additionally, some lamp posts (such as the ones in Havelock Road) will not pass structural testing to hold the weight of a Christmas light.

We are hoping to find alternatives to include as much of the town as possible. One of the options we are investigating for future years, is small Christmas trees fixed on to the front of buildings.

BAAP Consultation
Hastings Borough Council wants your views about the Hastings Town Centre and Bohemia Area Action Plan.

The proposals include Station Plaza, Priory Quarter, Wellington Place, Castle Street, Queens Road, Priory Meadow, White Rock and the America Ground.

All information is available on their website, and the consultation is running until Monday 24th September 2018.

Diary Dates for BCRP membership meetings.

Dear Barwatch and Shopwatch members,

You are invited to attend one of the two following meetings:

Shopwatch intelligence meeting
Wednesday 12th September, 10am – 11am, Muriel Matters House (where the Tourist Information office is located) – Birch Suite

Please go to the front reception desk to be signed in.

This will be followed by the committee meeting at 11am – 12pm.

If you have any agenda items or topics for discussion, please email BCRP@lovehastings.com by Wednesday 5th September.

Barwatch Exclusion meeting
Tuesday  25th September, 11am, venue to be confirmed

If you have any agenda items or topics for discussion, please email BCRP@lovehastings.com before Tuesday 18th September.

Don’t forget, you can check on DISC for reminders and alerts, where you will also find the minutes and agendas of previous meetings in the documents section.

BCRP needs your continued support to help reduce crime and anti-social behaviour throughout Hastings and St Leonards on Sea.

The scheme is always looking for more committee members too. If you would like to work more closely with our partners and influence crime reduction initiatives,  please get in touch by emailing BCRP@lovehastings.com.

Membership to the scheme
Remember, there are some valuable benefits to membership, including having access to the radio network and to the DISC database of intelligence about known shoplifters. BID levy payers receive discounted membership.

We’re currently redesigning the Love Hastings website, which will also include all the information from the Hastings BID website. We’re a few weeks away from launching it, but here’s a sneak preview!
Congratulations to Made Hastings who celebrated their 1 year anniversary this month! They celebrated an amazingly successful first year with a party at The Printworks.

Say Goodbye, Wave Hello​

Although it’s always sad to see old shops close it’s great when new ones pop up in their place.​

We said goodbye to the flower shop in Cambridge Road recently, but we’re delighted to see The Costume Emporium will soon be taking its place.​

And up on Queens Road Bobby’s Chicken has made way for the tasty looking oriental restaurant, Yi-Pin.​

Further up Queens Road Chef’s Ware has expanded into the next-door unit, and we’re waiting to try out Kingfisher’s fish’n’chips offer when they open their doors.​

It’s also good news for the old Assessment Centre next to the Odeon as a planning application is for conversion to a new Savers store.​​

Keep Thursday lunchtimes marked in your diary and pop to the market for a taste of Italy courtesy of the pop-up Gourmet Pasta Box.​

The stall sells a range of delicious pasta concoctions and has comfortable seating outside.​

Hastings Safe Space is a hugely valuable asset to the late night businesses in the town centre. Don’t forget that if you see someone in need of help or first aid, the Safe Space volunteers are available at His Place Church, Robertson Street, every Saturday night from 10pm to 4am.

Source BMX – Battle of Hastings
The Battle of Hastings, taking place at the Source Park, is a really spectacular event for Hastings, with 48 of the world’s best riders participating.

As expected, tickets have sold out, but there’s still plenty of opportunities to get involved! The park will be open to spectators for both practice sessions, and the Qualifiers and Finals will be streamed live in the courtyard for anyone who wasn’t lucky enough to get a ticket.

The White Rock Theatre will also be hosting the prestigious NORA Cup Awards (Number One Rider Award) on Saturday evening, which is also open to non-ticket holders.

Find out more here.

BID Projects in progress

Business Ambassador – recruitment
White Rock and America Ground business support

DISC security software rollout
Business money saving initiative
Further development of the Love Hastings website
Business development of the White Rock area
Hanging baskets and railing planters
Christmas lights 2018 – 2021
Review of busking in the town centre
Purple Flag

Further information will be available soon.

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