Town centre parking charges set to ‘almost’ double

ESCC plan first increase in a decade Motorists should brace themselves for a doubling of some parking charges if plans by East Sussex County Council to increase the cost of on-street parking for the first time in more than a decade are approved by a senior councillor later this month. Councillor Claire Dowling, lead member […]

‘Bursting with pride’ Swan House scores a hat trick

Swan House Bed and Breakfast in the heart of Hastings old town has scooped another prestigious tourism award. For the third time it has picked up Gold in the Beautiful South Awards an awards scheme open to tourism businesses across not just 1066 country but the whole of the south east. It’s the third time […]

FREE Parking in Hastings on Thursdays until Christmas – starting tonight!

Hastings Borough Council (HBC) will be offering free parking in off street car parks every Thursday evening before Christmas. From tonight and on December 12th and 19th the charge will be lifted from 4pm until the following morning, when charges will resume as usual. Parking will also be free all day on December 25th and […]

Another fantastic fish fair with an equally fantastic atmosphere

The eighth annual Herring Fair has been hailed as another great success by visitors. Thousands attended the event, on the Stade open space in Hastings Old Town, over the weekend. It was organised by Hastings Borough Council (HBC), on behalf of the Foreshore Trust, the charity responsible for a coastal strip of land in Hastings. […]

Council has borrowed millions to play the property market

The property market can bring big rewards but there are big risks too and there are plenty of people in Hastings still unaware that their council has borrowed tens of millions of pounds to be repaid by local council-tax payers over the next 50 years. Do Hastings Borough Council’s figures add up and are it’s […]

The Hastings Podcast…

Redcently we launched the first edition of The Hastings Podcast and there has been a tremendous response. Here are just a few of the comments we have received… “…I like it’s rolling, entertaining quality.” “Great selection of guests, covering interesting topics. Brilliant stuff.” “Excellent initiative…” “…masterfully steered and negotiated by yourself and your articulate group…” […]

What tourism really means to 1066 Country

The economic significance of the tourist industry for the local area was underlined this week with the publication of new figures. Kevin Boorman, manager of 1066 Country Marketing, the private/public sector partnership responsible for tourism marketing in the area, says that figures just released by Tourism South East for 2018 show that the total value […]

How to liberate Hastings’ people from the worst deprivation in the country

The biggest story of the week, and probably this month, on Hastings In Focus is the news that Hastings fairs particularly badly in ‘The Indices of Deprivation’ that have just been published. They show that in seven of the 11 identified areas, problems in Hastings have got worse. Here Liberal democrat Nick Perry, who will be […]