Hastings on course for ‘great town’ award

HASTINGS is one of the finalists in the running to receive the Great Town Award from the Academy of Urbanism.

It joins Cork, in Ireland, and Buxton, Derbyshire, in the final three.

The academy is a self-funded, politically independent organisation led by more than 500 leaders, thinkers and practitioners involved in the social, cultural, economic, political and physical development of villages, towns and cities.

It was formed in 2006 to recognise, learn from, and promote excellence in great place-making.

The 2014 awards seek to identify places that work well and encourage a high quality of life.

Councillor Jeremy Birch, leader of Hastings Borough Council, said: “It’s great to see such a prestigious body as the Academy for Urbanism recognising the qualities Hastings has too.

“This could not have come at a more pertinent time as we have just submitted our bid for City of Culture status. To be recognised and selected as a finalist in The Great Town category by the academy can only help to support our bid.”

Finalists in this and other categories will be visited by a team of academicians this summer, and the winner will be announced on November 8.