Hastings council debt to PWLB tops £65 million

Every adult in Hastings owes the Public Works Loan Board (PWLB) almost £1,000. Tonight members of Hastings Borough Council’s (HBC) cabinet will hear that the council’s debt to the PWLB has topped £65m and is set to rise even further if plans the council has in the pipeline for further property acquisition and development go […]

Harold Place redevelopment plan – “risky and irresponsible” says councillor

Plans for development of the Harold Place site where the toilets once stood is an example of “local government at its worst” according to Rob Lee who leads the opposition Conservative group on Hastings Borough Council (HBC). Tonight councillors are set to approve a plan that would see HBC borrow the cash required to convert […]

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 […]

Are there flaws in borough council’s housing strategy?

A ‘visionary future’ is what’s needed for the old bathing pool site in St Leonards not high density housing that will, “…add to parking and infrastructure problems.” That’s the view of the West Marina Group (WMG) in St Leonards. It’s seriously concerned about the future of the site: “We want a visionary future for this […]

Cash boost will kick-start life-changing housing plan

Building new homes at Bulverhythe gives Hastings Borough Council (HBC) a real chance to make a difference to local people’s lives according to Councillor Andy Batsford. Mr Batsford, HBC’s lead councillor for housing, was speaking after the announcement that HBC has been awarded up to £6.9m from Homes England to develop the council-owned land off […]