SAY 'NO' to Jerwood on the Stade
- unanswered questions
On 29th April 2009 the following email was sent to Simon Hubbard - the officer responsible for regeneration - at Hastings Borough Council
" It has been publicly stated that if we didn't jump at the chance of having Jerwood here in Hastings other towns would seize the opportunity - could you let me know which other towns / authorities you are talking about?"
on 7th May 2009 the following reply was recieved
"Jerwood have been very coy about this, and indeed Alan Grieve made the point at the Business Luncheon Club yesterday that they had been offered significant financial inducements to go somewhere else :- but he has never told us where."
|1. Please supply a copy of the site valuation for the area to be leased to the Jerwood Foundation, showing date of valuation.||I do not have this information.|
|2. Please indicate the length of lease and the rent payable.||The final terms of an agreement between the Foreshore Trust, the Jerwood
Foundation, and Hastings Borough Council are not in the public domain. However, the
broad terms were agreed at Cabinet on 9th June 2008
SOS note - The "Heads of Terms" are here
|3. Please supply details showing when and where the availability of the site was advertised and competitive tenders sought and indicate how many expressions of interest were received.||The site was not advertised.|
|4. Please supply justification for the loss of revenue of £130,000.pa from coach / lorry / car parking charges and indicate how this shortfall will be made good.||The regeneration statement for both the Jerwood Gallery and the creation of the open space, café, and community education facilities are included in the respective planning applications, which are available to view in the Hastings Information Centre, Priory Meadow, or via the Council's website, www.hastings.gov.uk|
|5. Please supply justification for granting the Jerwood Foundation exemption from all local taxation liabilities and indicate whether this exemption applies to all the other ‘ Art Galleries ', private, charitable or otherwise in Hastings ?||The question of granting exemption from business rates for the Jerwood Gallery was addressed at the Cabinet meeting of 9th June 2008|
|6. Please supply details of the Jerwood Foundation's proposed admission prices and details of the proposal for a discount for local residents and the proposed catchment area qualifying for this discount. ||I do not have this information|
|7. Please supply a copy of the advice from HM Customs and Revenue that states that Jerwood must charge for admission.||I do not have this information|
|8. Please supply a copy of the Jerwood Foundation's business plan as originally presented by them and indicate that its projections have been verified. If there has been a subsequent plan or plan please supply a copy of the most recent.||The regeneration statement for the Jerwood Gallery is included in the planning application, which is available to view in the Hastings Information Centre, Priory Meadow, or via the Council's website, www.hastings.gov.uk|
|9. Please supply evidence to support the statement that 100 jobs will be created (are these full-time equivalents or part time?) and £10million per annum will be generated.||The job creation aspect of both schemes are included in the regeneration
statements which form part of the respective planning applications, which are
available to view in the Hastings Information Centre, Priory Meadow, or via the
Council's website, www.hastings.gov.uk.
|10. Please supply supporting evidence for the estimate of an increase of approximately £250K p/a in local taxation revenue from surrounding businesses as a result of the proposed Jerwood gallery location and indicate the source of this revenue.||As before, the regeneration statements for both schemes are included in the respective planning applications, which are available to view in the Hastings Information Centre, Priory Meadow, or via the Council's website, www.hastings.gov.uk|
|11. Please supply the study that supports the projected visitor numbers to the Jerwood Gallery.||Again, whilst I do not have the background study, this is addressed as part of the regeneration statement for the Jerwood Gallery application|
|12.Please supply details of when the art collection can be viewed (opening hours, how many days a week and how many weeks of the year ) throughout the year and sanctions available to Hastings Borough Council if these hours are not adhered to.||I do not have this information|
|13. Please supply the study that assesses the loss of revenue to local businesses caused by the reduction in the number of coaches stopping in the Old Town .||I do not expect there to be a reduction in the number of coaches dropping off or picking up in the old town|
|14. In view of the Prime Minister's stated objection to tax havens please supply justification for HBC condoning the passing of assets belonging to the people of Hastings to an entity based in a tax haven, an entity which is not, in any case a charity.||Ownership of the land remains with the Foreshore Trust/Hastings Borough Council|
|15. Please supply evidence that the effects of the current recession have been taken into account.||All of the regeneration statements, etc. have been compiled within the last few weeks, during the period of recession. HBC is confident in Jerwood's due diligence regarding the Gallery and the viability of the project|
|16. Please explain why HBC has allowed misinformation about the level of support for the Jerwood Foundation to persist – when the majority of the fishermen are not in favour of the Jerwood proposals neither are the majority of HOTRA members.||Support from members of the public has been at a remarkably consistent level, from the Masterplan consultation through to the consultation on the detailed planning application, with between 85% and 90% of those responding saying they favoured the plans. Both the Fishermen's Protection Society and Hastings Old Town Residents' Association have written letters of support|
|Hastings Boro' Council's auditors did reply, but missed the point, the justification for the gallery is regeneration, if the gallery doesn't open all year round then it might as well not be there. On the basis that they have been given the land for nothing and won't have to pay any local taxes then it would not be unreasonable to require that the gallery be open all year round as a condition of the lease. If, on the other hand, Jerwood simply want a bunker to store their
Letter from SIMON SCOTT - originally to the Hastings Observer
REGARDING the Jerwood Art Gallery, and following comments from Ion Castro in last week's letters column, it is time residents were appraised of the details so far known.
Letter from David Hancock
"First they ignore you,
then they ridicule you,
then they fight you,
then you win."
-- Mahatma Gandhi