Hastings MP branded #hartless across social media

It has not been the best of weeks for Hastings MP Sally-Ann Hart. Her support for the the government’s position not to extend the provision of free school meals for the most needy children through the half term holiday has seen her banned from one St Leonards pub and also seen the emergence of the […]

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, […]

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 […]

St Michael’s Hospice will have a new face heading its Board of Trustees

St Michael’s Hospice has announced the appointment of its new Chair of Trustees, Susan Munroe, who will replace the outgoing Chair Irene Dibben when she stands down later this year.  The Chair, and the Board, hold the Chief Executive to account for the Hospice’s purpose, values and strategic priorities. The Chair will also provide collaborative leadership […]