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 […]

The right to a local supply of clean renewable energy

A motion asking Hastings Borough Council (HBC) to back a drive for the creation of local renewable electricity supply companies has won the backing of local MP Sally-Ann Hart. Speaking to Hastings In Focus Mrs Hart said today: “I am encouraged by the motion being laid before HBC this week, as the support would be […]

Chopbacks bow out in fractious encounter

South Coast Athletico 1Wadhurst United 2 It was cup weekend and the Chopbacks were back at home for their first Premier Travel Cup match against ESFL Premier Division side Wadhurst United. Yet again Athletico was missing a couple of key players so squad rotation was again required for this tough test against higher opposition. After a Brad Owens goal just one minute in the Chopbacks managed to […]

Menopause – the burning issue

Jane Midwinter is the founder of HotWomenAtMenopause, an associate trainer with Henpicked: Menopause in the Workplace and is a menopause coach.  She writes articles on menopause for women and their employers and is a member of the British Menopause Society. Next month Jane will launch a new column written specially for Hastings In Focus this […]