Hastings receives funding to help welcome visitors back safely

Hastings is set to receive £229,000 in Welcome Back Funding to support the town’s pandemic recovery and encourage people back safely. It’s Hastings’ share of the government’s £56 million Welcome Back Fund, which has been provided by the European Regional Development Fund. It will allow local authorities to put in place measures to create and promote a safe […]

Labour’s Mike Turner says objections to Harrow Lane development is ‘nimbyism’

Last week’s meeting of Hastings Borough Council saw the debate continue over the future of the Harrow Lane playing fields. Gifted to the town for recreational use, HBC now wants to sell them off for housing development. The Conservative opposition wants to retain the playing fields as they, are describing them as ‘the last green […]

Hastings Green Party calls for full council scrutiny of SeaChange Sussex

Hastings Green Party has called on Hastings Borough Council (HBC) to properly scrutinise the work of regeneration company SeaChange Sussex. A representative from Hastings Council sits on the board of SeaChange, along with representatives from Rother District and East Sussex County Councils. According to Green councillor Julia Hilton not one of the councils has ever […]

Council impose tough new conditions on town centre bar and music venue

Last month members of Hastings Borough Council’s Licensing Committee met to review the license of Crowley’s Bar in Havelock Road – the committee has now made its recommendations and they are far-reaching with the bar having had its weekend opening hours slashed from 2am to midnight. Representatives of Crowley’s had asked to remain open past […]

Parliamentary inquiry into abuse of shop staff welcomed by Hastings traders

Hastings retailers have welcomed a newly published series of House of Commons recommendations aimed at tackling violence and abuse towards retail workers.  The Home Affairs committee’s 75-page report into escalating incidents of threats and violence directed towards shop staff proposes a series of measures that have been called for by local traders for some years.  […]

All part of driving down criminality – operation to combat commercial waste offences

Concerns about an increase in offences surrounding the dumping of commercial waste saw dozens of drivers stopped and spoken to as part of a dedicated campaign to combat the crime last week. Officers from the Commercial Vehicles Unit and Rural Crime Team worked together with Trading Standards during the operation last Tuesday (June 22nd). The […]

Public Inquiry to consider A21 level crossing at Robertsbridge opens next week

By this time next week the public inquiry into Rother Valley Railway’s (RVR) controversial planning application to construct a new heritage railway link between Bodiam and Robertsbridge as well as new level crossings – including one on the fast flowing A21 – will be underway. The inquiry will be led by Ian Jenkins, an inspector […]

Councillors’ decision on town centre bar expected next week

Fifty-eight pages of police reports were put in front of councillors this week as they considered the future of Crowley’s in Havelock Road. Hastings Borough Council’s Licensing Committee agenda was dominated by what to do about Crowley’s. Among the pages of reports were details of repeated cases of over-intoxication, two reported incidents of sexual assault […]

Helping you discover local businesses that you may otherwise just pass by

Saturday was a big day for Chris Beveridge, the brains behind The Hastings Card. He launched the latest version of the card, welcomed a new business to the family and had the chance to explain the concept behind the card to Hastings Mayor James Bacon Joining The Hastings Card family was Red Basil a new […]