Six centuries take their toll on Old Town landmark

Salt laden winds are threatening the fabric and future of St Clement’s Church in the Old Town. Built in the 14th century the church survived a near-miss from th Luftwaffe in 1943 but is now suffering from the effects of 600 years of stone erosion. “It’s vital that the stonework is restored now if we […]

We’re talking, but are they listening?

It has been a long and hard fought campaign by the sizeable number of local people opposed to council plans that would see the building of more than 150 new homes on the old bathing pool site in West St Leonards. Hastings Borough Council’s failure to listen to local people, on this and other issues, […]

Sewage leak – Bulverhythe beach huts flooded with raw sewage

Raw sewage has flooded beach huts on Bulverhythe beach. The beach has been closed and Hastings Borough Council expects the town’s other local beaches to be off limits to swimmers this weekend after a main sewage pipe burst on Wednesday. Kevin Boorman from HBC says: “We’ve got about 300 beach huts there, in fact the […]

Looking after strangers when we can’t even look after ourselves

Since he started writing for Hastings In Focus back in 2019 Tom McCann has never been afraid to court controversy. As a young man trying to make his way in the world and facing an ever more ‘hostile’ local housing market he wonders if Hastings Borough Councillors have their priorities the right way round? With […]

Hastings Against War plans its annual Hiroshima Day commemoration…

Next Friday (August 6th) will see the annual Hiroshima Day commemoration in Hastings. The event has been staged every year since 2007 by Hastings Against War (HAW) writes John Enefer. People will gather in Alexandra Park to remember those who lost their lives in the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. An estimated […]

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 […]

Work gets underway – Jason is ‘raising the roof’ in Alexandra Park

The roof for an historic greenhouse is taking shape thanks to the skills of expert craftsman Jason Wright. Jason, a self-employed joiner for almost 30 years, is renovating the teak frame of the 1930s structure in Alexandra Park, Hastings, before reinforced glass is installed.  He has started work on the 12-week project at his Westfield […]