Hastings celebrates boost to fishing industry

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CELEBRATIONS will be in full flow this weekend as the town welcomes a project to boost its fishing industry.

Hastings is one of only six fishing communities in the country eligible to access thousands of pounds to develop the sector through European Fishing Funding.

Council leader Councillor Jeremy Birch, said: “This weekend we are celebrating our unique heritage as a fishing town. As part of the Fisheries Local Action Group (Flag), we have been able to draw up plans that will aid the industry in the long run, particularly important during these constrained economic times.

“We are working closely with the fishing community to develop plans that will help our fisheries thrive over the next three years.

“But this is only part of the bigger picture for the seafront as a whole. We have innovative and exciting plans for the former bathing pool at West Marina.

“Of course we are also looking forward to the opening of Jerwood in the next couple of months.

“There are even more things to look forward to throughout the year with the CPO of the Pier well underway and the eventual plan to hand it over to the Hastings Pier and White Rock Trust, work starting at the White Rock Baths, decorative lights and play facilities at various spots along the promenade and of course the Olympic torch arriving.

“We are the only town in East Sussex where the torch will stay overnight.

“As I said in my recent blog let’s make the most of this new year and hope that Hastings can prove it is the most improving seaside town.”