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East Sussex County Council are spending £450k to improve Bexhill’s seafront.bexhill seafront

Work begins today to make Bexhill Marina more pedestrian friendly and to increase footfall to businesses in Bexhill.  The plan is to widen the pavements, add a new road crossing and improve the bus stop facilities.  East Sussex County Council are also going to introduce a 20mph speed limit.

The new speed limit and changes to parking regulations will be introduced after this work is completed, while further work to improve Sackville Road roundabout is scheduled to begin in the autumn.

The council are hoping that by improving Bexhill’s seafront for pedestrians it will encourage more people to walk between the seafront and the town centre boosting the towns economy.

Bexhill may be the place to be this summer with lots of events happening for everyone.  From cars to food and drink and a bit of music.  There are plenty of things for you to enjoy even if its just a stroll along the promenade that you want you will not be disappointed.

Here is our guide on the best things happening in Bexhill -on-sea for 2015

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If you are a lover of cars then the Bexhill 100 Hundred is a must for you.  With over 540 cars on display and over 40 trade stands this is an event not too be missed.

Over 4,500 visitors took to Bexhill last year to see the wonderful array of classic cars on show.  From Chevrolet to Porches to Lamborghini there really is something for everyone to feast their eyes upon.

Bexhill Festival of Music

The Festival Of Music will be returning this year with a month of performances from top-name musicians and local talent in venues around Bexhill.

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This festival showcases local traders selling delicious food dishes.

As well as food and drink there will be plenty of unique shopping and gift ideas to have a look at.

On the final day of the Festival the near by De La Warr Pavilion will be showing its family film on the outside of the building, there will also be live music and dancing on the bandstand throughout the weekend.

Anglo – French Market

On a Saturday and Sunday throughout May and September, Devonshire Road is transformed into a continental market.

This is an extremely popular event for residents of Bexhill and worth popping along to to taste the wonderful delicases that are on offer.

There are plenty of events happening in Bexhill this year, these are just the ones that we know of so far. We will be keeping you posted with anything else that gets added to Bexhill’s diary throughout the year.

 

With just over a week left until Christmas, some of you may also be stressing out about how to celebrate the end of 2014 as New Year’s Eve approaches.

We’ve put together this guide to help you decide where you can celebrate in style and see in 2015 with a bang.nye2014

Azur

The Azur is an extremely popular place to celebrate your New Year’s Eve celebrations.

This year you can enjoy a five course sit down meal, a glass of bubbly at the stroke of midnight followed by fireworks on the beach.

Their New Year’s Eve menu is £65 per person.

For more details or to book tickets you can visit their website here

Bannatyne

New Year’s Eve Candlelit Dinner

The evening starts with a Prosecco and Canapé reception from 7pm, followed by a six course candlelit dinner.  Music will be played throughout the evening from their pianist until 11.30pm before moving into the bar and counting down the hours until 2015.

Tickets cost £69 per person.

New Year’s Extravaganza

Start your evening with a sparkling wine reception followed by a three course meal.  They will be music throughout the meal follwed by a disco after.

Tickets for this event cost £49 per person.

For more details or to book tickets you can visit their website here

Cooden Beach Hotel.

New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner and Disco

Cooden Beach Hotel will be holding a New Years Eve Gala Dinner and Disco.  The evening will start with a Champagne reception at 7pm followed by a five course meal.

The evening will be taking place in either the Strand room which includes a disco or in the Beachside Restaurant.

Tickets for this event cost £95 The Strand/£75 Beachside Restaurant.

For my details or to book  tickets you can visit their website here

Royal Victoria Hotel

The Royal Victoria will be hosting New Years Eve Black and White Ball and Gala Buffet.  You will receive a welcome drink on arrival and then enjoy the delights of the Gala Buffet and enjoy the entertainment into the New Year.

Tickets for the evening cost £60.

For more Details or to book tickets you can visit their website here

So there you have it, our guide to the best places to celebrate with your loved ones the end of 2015 and the start of a brand new year.

 

Posted by: In: Transport, Travel 24 Sep 2014 Comments: 0 Tags: , ,

A 0.6 mile section of the new Bexhill to Hastings Link Road, due for completion in May next year, will be opened to traffic after the morning rush hour on Monday on September 29 2014.

The opening of the road between the junction of the A259 Belle Hill and A269 London Road and Ninfield Road Bridge is timed to coincide with work beginning on demolishing the bridge.

Bob Bape, East Sussex County Council’s Link Road project manager, said: “This is a very significant milestone in the development of the scheme and we are delighted that residents and other motorists will be able to benefit immediately from the work before the new road is fully open.Link-Road-Bexhill

“I would like to thank everyone who has worked so hard on the project to make this happen.”

Once the section of road opens, work will begin on demolishing Ninfield Road Bridge, which is too low and narrow to allow traffic on the new road to pass underneath it, and replacing it with a new crossing.

The replacement will be a single span, simply supported bridge, made from a steel and concrete composite construction in keeping with the existing brickwork retaining walls.

The 3.5 mile single-carriageway Link Road will connect the outskirts of Bexhill and Hastings.

Starting at the A259 in Bexhill it runs along the line of the disused Bexhill to Crowhurst railway line, crosses Crowhurst Road and the Hastings to London railway line before joining Queensway at the Hastings end of the route.

The Link Road is expected to provide a major economic boost to the area, bringing in around £1 billion of investment, with the creation of 2,000 new homes and 3,000 new jobs.

It will also see the development of 42 acres of land in north east Bexhill including a 50,000 sq m business park.

Business leaders have already given their backing to the new link, including Graham Marley, chief executive of the Let’s Do Business Group.

He said: “The transport improvements are going to make it a lot easier to travel between Bexhill and Hastings – that’s got to be good for business. Most importantly, it will make new commercial space in north Bexhill and that’s going to create jobs.”

Philip Johnson, project director for Locate East Sussex, said: “The Link Road is going to open up a huge area for development and what we are particularly excited about is the range and quality of buildings that will be constructed as a result of this commercial land being opened for development.”

The road will also relieve major congestion along the A259 between the two towns, reduce problems on the A2036 to the east of Bexhill, the rural roads north of Bexhill and the routes through Crowhurst and Battle.

This story was originally posted on East Sussex County Councils Newsroom.

Posted by: In: Economy, events, Tourism 30 Jul 2014 Comments: 0 Tags: , ,

BEXHILL MotoFest brought a much needed boost to the local economy when over 3,000 motorcycles cavalcaded into town for the return of motorsport to its birthplace.

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Along other events in the area including the annual Mayday Run into Hastings which this year attracted over 41,000 bikes BEXHILL MotoFest showed that motorcycle tourism is a real asset to the area and can be a driver for regeneration. The influx of bikers into BEXHILL didn’t only fill the cafes and shops of the main Devonshire Road but also gave an opportunity for companies such as Hastings Print to benefit through sponsorship of the Moto Gymkhana arena.

Motorcycle tourism is a one of the few growth areas in leisure lifestyle travel and 1066 Country has fantastic business opportunities to benefit from the boom. The area is already well known globally for its niche motorcycle engineering base with companies like Jake Robins Vintage of Ponswood building bikes for the likes of Hollywood Chat show host Jay Leno, Bexhill based Oset  being the innovators of the first all electric trials bikes to win National Championships and Hastings based moped importers Tomos all benefitting from the mini boom .

Bike 1066, the founders of BEXHILL MotoFest are a local company that was established by former TV producer Howard Martin to build motorcycle tourism in the area. Howard says; “The real benefit of motorcycle tourism to the area is that the  woefully neglected local transport links can be turned to a business advantage with bikers actually appreciating the narrow twisty roads and lack of motorways. Poole in Dorset, that is of similar size and demographic to Hastings and Bexhill, estimates that motorcycle visitors are worth £7m to the local economy annually.”

Businesses in Hastings should build on this local asset and embrace the Round Pound as a potential driver for leisure lifestyle regeneration.

 

Are you a creative professional keen to share some of your insights with young people and inspire the next generation? The Creative Cafe, jointly developed by Culture Shift and Young Enterprise and hosted by the De La Warr Pavilion would like to hear from you.

The Creative Cafe  is aimed at young people 14-16, this Cafe throws a spotlight on creative enterprise. Creative Cafés – are

The De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill on sea

The De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill on sea is hosting the Creative Cafe.

informal and lively networking events for creative industry professionals, young people and educators. They are facilitated by an expert and allow for maximum creative communication between all participants. Up to 75 young people from schools in Hastings, Bexhill on Sea and Eastbourne are due to attend.

What kind of Creative professionals are they looking for?

They are looking for a number of professionals willing to give up a half day to meet young people and talk about their careers, their passions and their business. Ideally they are looking for people working in design, digital media, visual arts, photography, film, craft and making, performance, music industry, live events, marketing and promotion.

Previous experience of working with young people is not essential, just a passion for your business or profession, a willingness to share your expertise and insight into making a living as a creative professional.

The Creative Cafe provides the morning programme of a full day event designed to inform and inspire young people about what it takes to develop a creative enterprise.

If you are interested in taking part, or want to find out more about the Creative Cafe then please contact Catherine Orbach at Culture Shift on 07796 306995 or email here here.

The leader of Hastings Borough Council, Jeremy Burch has today put forward the key points and benefits as to why Hastings, Bexhill & Rye and the surrounding areas should be granted Assisted Area Status. Rother council leader Carl Maynard has also sent a letter out today requesting support.

We as a region have only until Friday 7th February 2014 to inform the government that we are all in favour of it. Assisted Area Status will give the town and region as a whole priority access to Government, EU grants and development funds, however, to get this it needs support and backing from local businesses and residents of the area.

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Assisted Area Status. Sign up today!

Read the key point below and if you are in favour then put the details of how to let the government know that your in favour for it is below the key points.

Key points:

  • The proposed area includes all but two wards Hastings, which is the 19th most deprived area in England. It also includes the most deprived neighbourhoods in Rother, including Sidley ward. Therefore Assisted Area Status has the potential to benefit target areas most in need of employment-generating investment.
  • The proposed area contains major sites with achievable development potential, including North-east Bexhill (off the Hastings-Bexhill Link Road currently under construction), off Queensway, Hastings and Bexhill’s existing industrial areas, and off Rye Harbour Road (Make sure you include Rye Harbour Road in your response to the consultation).
  • There are also a number of smaller potential development sites for business development.
  • There are genuine prospect of a total potential of over 5,000 jobs being created, with a high proportion in manufacturing, building on the strong existing base of manufacturing SME’s. This will help correct an imbalance in the local economy which has an over-reliance on public sector
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  • There is a strong track record of recent employment-generating development by Sea Change Sussex and others, in Hastings Town Centre and off Queensway. New businesses locating in Hastings include Saga insurance services.
  • The area had Assisted area Status up to 2000, which contributed to investments by several businesses who are all still major employers. It is credited with creating today’s strong high-vacuum engineering cluster.

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    Make your voice heard today.

  • Assited Area Status reinforces strong partnerships between the private sector, Borough, District and County Councils, Sea Change Sussex (the private-public partnership regeneration company) and the South East LEP. It supports the 6-point plan for regeneration agreed by the Hastings & Rother Economic Task Force which provides strategic leadership for regeneration and economic development.

As you can see it will be worth signing up for as anything that provides jobs and growth for the area is a good thing for everyone. Full details of the consultation can be found here.

You can inform the Assisted Areas Team that you are for it by letting the know via the following ways.

Email to: AssistedAreasConsultation@bis.gsi.gov.uk

Write to:

Assisted Areas Team
Local Growth Directorate
4th Floor, Spur 2
Department of Business, Innovation and Skills
1 Victoria Street
London
SW1H 0ET

There is also a form on the site, however the quickest way to lodge your views is via email and we highly recommend that you do it this way if your able to.

The Bexhill Lunch Club was a huge success last month with attendees snowballing to over thirty five local business people from Bexhill and Hastings at the Trattoria Restaurant.

Ainsley Gill, from McPhersons Chartered Accountants, who recently took over the management of the club, appreciates the value of
local businesses getting together and networking.

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The Bexhill Lunch Club at the Trattoria Restaurant in Bexhill.

‘When we heard that HSBC were offering local businesses the chance to take over the lunch club, we immediately volunteered. This is a long-standing Bexhill event and has always been well-attended. It is an informal environment and encourages local businesses to network and identify mutually beneficial opportunities. We now plan to look into offering something similar in Hastings where we have another office.’

McPhersons successfully encouraged a wider range of businesses.  There were several newcomers from printing companies,  solicitors and representatives from local landmarks and attractions.

Ainsley Gill said. ‘Everyone likes to see fresh faces as well as people they already know so we will continue to encourage new people to attend this event. Thank you to the Trattoria Restaurant who delivered excellent food and service in a great environment.’

The lunch club will run every quarter with the next date being 10th December. For more details, or to register your interest in attending a similar event in Hastings, contact Katrina Smith at McPhersons 01424 730000 or email k.smith@mcphersons.co.uk.

 

Bexhill on sea became the centre of the universe for classic car enthusiasts on the August bank holiday when over 5,000 visitors from all over the UK and the beyond descended on the 9th annual Bexhill Classic and Custom Car show.

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The Bexhill classic car show attracxted over 5,000 visitors this year.

The event had over 500 classic and custom cars and motorbikes from the 1920’s up to modern day future classics and heavily modified cars including exotic and prestige makes including Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lotus, Porsche, Aston Martin, TVR and Rolls Royce along with classic Minis, MG’s, Fords and Jaguars.

There was also a big turnout of American Muscle cars with Corvettes, Camaros, Mustangs and Pontiac classic cars on display. There was even a classic 1950’s Routemaster Bus on show that was open for visitors to go in.

Whilst the main focus of the classic car event were the actual cars, there were also some brilliant Falconry displays, demonstrations and live music along with 40 trade stalls selling classic car and motorbike memorabilia, parts and more traditional market stalls.

Joint show chairman Tom Mason said;

‘The Show was a huge success and has been growing ever since we began back in 2004 and has become an event on the classic car show calender, not only in the UK but in Europe too. We’re particularly grateful to all the exhibitors who turned up and this year we also invited local young drivers with their cars to the show and they we’re a very welcome addition to the event.’

The weather was perfect and the atmosphere was perfect for a day out for all the family. Most importantly the show has raised a considerable amount for mostly local charities, not including this event they have raised over £36,000 so far and are still tallying up from the 26th August event.

If you missed the event, never fear, next year is predicted to be even bigger given its the shows 10th anniversary. New members are also welcome to the Bexhill 100 Motoring Club so please go their site here for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

Hastings has just missed out on being short listed for the 2017 city of culture bid.

Hastings was one of 11 towns, cities and regions vying for the prestigious 2017 City Of Culture accolade with the nearest bidding rival, East Kent, also not making it through to the final four.

Congratulations, however are due to Dundee, Leicester, Swansea Bay and Hull who are the finalist for the 2017 bid and whilst Hastings has not got through this time, the media exposure and awareness generated by being a contender should benefit the town and region as a whole.

A huge momentum of support, ideas and dialogue had gathered locally in support of Hastings bid. The council and its partners are determined to build on this very positive work put in by everyone involved.

The council will be holding a public symposium on the 15th July at the De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill on sea, to discuss how the momentum from the bid will be kept up. It will start at 10am with refreshments available from 9.30am.