Seaside towns, deprivation and Peter Chowney

I think we can all agree that one quality we expect from the man who leads our council  is that he would talk up our town and shout to the rooftops about the great opportunities on offer. I assume this is not a controversial point to make? However, it would appear our current Council Leader, […]

Limiting global warming – don’t put pension money in fossil fuel

Yesterday in Hastings town centre, local school children again joined thousands across the country to strike for the climate. Local people who grumble that they could do their bit by litter picking need to realise that while that is an honourable pursuit, we need much more radical action if we are to have any chance […]

The dread and hope of Hastings made Tom who he is today…

Nineteen-year-old Tom McCann is Hastings born and bred, as were his father and grandfather before him, but as a young man trying to make his way in life he has a love/hate relationship with the town he calls home – here he explains why. A few weeks ago I was asked to write about a […]

A treasure chest of ideas to create a happier, healthier, sustainable future

Over the past few months I have been talking about the necessity of exploring ideas and generating new solutions to how we become a happier, healthier and more sustainable town into the 2020s and as part of this I am delighted to introduce the Common Treasury of Adaptable Ideas. In the summer of 2018, through […]

UNESCO World Heritage Status – weaving the many strands of our story together

I thought it was about time to update you on where things have got to with discussions about a UNESCO world heritage submission. A small group of people have met twice since the public presentation in October hosted by Hastings and St Leonards Society to discuss ways forward and contribute their wealth of knowledge. We are […]

Teenage kicks – don’t believe everything you hear about young people today

Teenager Lucy Young is tired of seeing all teenagers being tarred with the same brush; that brush being one of negativity. When she looks around at her friends and peers The Claverham Community College student doesn’t recognise some of the stereotypes of teenagers that are portrayed online. Here, in her first piece for Hastings In […]

Battle is on to save vital language service in local schools

There’s a big campaign underway to save the English as an Additional Language Service (EALs). The EALs service has been running in East Sussex for approximately 25 years. It provides teachers and Bilingual Support Officers to work with students in schools where English is not their first language. There are currently 250 children and young […]

Mapping out Hastings’ greener future

Julia Hilton, secretary of the Hastings Green Party has been writing a regular column for Hastings In Focus since September. Earlier in the year Julia was one of the candidates who stood for election to Hastings Borough Council under the Green Party banner, although the party failed to win any seats they made an impact on […]