Council plays its part in helping hungry families

Hastings Borough Council (HBC) is supporting the Education Futures Trust in providing emergency food to children in the town during half term. Deputy council leader Councillor Colin Fitzgerald explained: “We are very concerned that some of the most vulnerable children in our community are going hungry during half term because they aren’t able to get […]

Can you identify this woman?

Police want to interview the woman in the photograph above about at least two incidents in East Sussex in which mobile phones have been stolen from shop staff. And officers believe she may also have been involved in similar recent thefts elsewhere in the county and in Kent. On October 6th two phones were stolen, […]

Nuclear motion – ministers and Japanese officials will hear from Hastings council

Civic leaders in Hiroshima and Nagasaki will shortly hear from their counterparts in Hastings. Last week’s full council meeting saw Labour members of Hastings Borough Council (HBC) give their full support to a motion from Councillor Maya Evans that called on HBC to write to the two cities to show, ‘solidarity and friendship’. Patriotic duty […]

Town’s streets are cleaner than they’ve been in more than a decade council told

Just over a year ago Hastings Borough Council took control of the town’s street cleaning services, bringing them back in house.  Since then the council’s 29 street cleaners have swept more than 11,000 miles of road, emptied over 250,000 litter bins and dealt with 11,000 additional work requests. The latest performance review, conducted by an independent consultancy firm, shows a significant improvement in the […]

Without even a skirmish, council defines where is stands on antisemitism

What was being widely tipped by council-watchers as a potentially acrimonious and divisive debate on where Hastings Borough Council stands on anti-semitism turned out to be something of a damp squib for those expecting fireworks! With the exception of Councillor Leah Levane, who abstained, all other members present at last night’s ‘virtual’ council meeting agreed […]

Rude, lewd and intimidating – the reason town centre benches had to go

The controversial removal of benches from Hastings town centre last month was a considered and deliberate action by Hastings Borough Council (HBC) to reclaim an area of the town that had become ‘rude, lewd and intimidating’. That’s what Councillor Paul Barnett told fellow councillors last night when HBC met as a full council for the […]

Housing for Bulverhythe and bathing pool sites still part of council’s plans

No one in charge at Hastings Borough Council (HBC) is having second thoughts about pressing on with two controversial housing developments. At last night’s meeting of the full council questions were raised about both the plans for development of housing at Bulverhythe and for the redevelopment of the old bathing pool site at West St […]

Changed forever… the new normal needs a new charter on equality

Tempers frayed and voices were raised in Hastings Borough Council’s (HBC) virtual council chamber last night. The issue under discussion was a motion from Councillor Judy Rogers, she told the council: “Hastings has a long tradition of welcoming people from a range of diverse backgrounds and celebrating difference, something which we all should be proud […]

The Stables – small steps on the road to reopening

With a grant of £71,187 from the Culture Recovery Fund The Stables Theatre and Art Gallery says the cash recognises the presence it is forging in the local community. Chairman Neil Sellman says: “This grant is a fantastic lifeline and secures not just the future for the theatre but recognises the presence the Stables is […]