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 […]

Grab–a–jab in Broomgrove… no appointment necessary!

Still needing to get yourself vaccinated against Covid-19? There’s a pop-up vaccination centre opening on Wednesday (July 28th) at the Broomgrove Centre from 3.30pm until 6.30pm offering the Pfizer vaccination and able to provide both first and second jabs. Baird Councillor Robert Cooke hopes as many people as possible will make use of the facility […]

Book a test! Hastings residents urged to book a test for any virus concern

Hastings residents are being urged to book a Covid test if they suspect they may have been exposed to the Covid-19 virus, as infection rates rise in the borough. Concern about the rise in cases and high transmission rates has prompted public health advice that anyone who thinks they may have been in close contact […]

Costs of keeping Buckshole Reservoir safe put big strain on council finances

Urgent safety improvements to Buckshole Reservoir in Alexandra Park still haven’t been completed despite approval to do so being given more than a year ago in January 2020. And the works are now set to cost more than originally planned. Members of Hastings Borough Council’s (HBC) ruling cabinet heard at a meeting earlier this month […]

Councillors celebrate a million pounds of funding for Hastings

Well over a million pounds in funding has found its way into Hastings following a number of schemes and initiatives, it was revealed in Wednesday’s Hastings Borough Council Cabinet meeting. Councillor Paul Barnett said: “This is good news after an awful year for so many of our local organisations—awful because they have had to close, […]

6,500 most at risk in Hastings still unvaccinated

Eighty-two thousand people in East Sussex in the most at risk Covid groups are still unvaccinated, with 6,500 of those people living in Hastings, the borough council’s cabinet members heard on Wednesday. Council Managing Director Jane Hartnell outlined the position, talking about the current risks of the pandemic, and referencing what the Director of Public […]

£400,000 in parking income lost due to the pandemic

Report by Tom McCann Half empty and deserted car parks at the height of the pandemic cost Hastings Borough Council (HBC) in the region of £400,000 it was revealed at yesterday’s Charity Committee meeting. The full figure was not shared and a report has not yet been published, but Kit Wheeler, Chief Accountant and Deputy […]

Local mum with a big HEART wins worldwide recognition for her Covid efforts

Kim Batty, the Hastings-based single parent who co-founded the town’s mutual aid support group HEART, has been recognised for her work with a global award from the international media giant Nationbuilder. Hailed by the firm as an ‘#Everyday Leader’, Kim set up HEART at the start of the Covid pandemic, recruiting a team of over […]


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