Rude, lewd and intimidating – the reason town centre benches had to go

The controversial removal of benches from Hastings town centre last month was a considered and deliberate action by Hastings Borough Council (HBC) to reclaim an area of the town that had become ‘rude, lewd and intimidating’. That’s what Councillor Paul Barnett told fellow councillors last night when HBC met as a full council for the […]

Housing for Bulverhythe and bathing pool sites still part of council’s plans

No one in charge at Hastings Borough Council (HBC) is having second thoughts about pressing on with two controversial housing developments. At last night’s meeting of the full council questions were raised about both the plans for development of housing at Bulverhythe and for the redevelopment of the old bathing pool site at West St […]

The right to a local supply of clean renewable energy

A motion asking Hastings Borough Council (HBC) to back a drive for the creation of local renewable electricity supply companies has won the backing of local MP Sally-Ann Hart. Speaking to Hastings In Focus Mrs Hart said today: “I am encouraged by the motion being laid before HBC this week, as the support would be […]

How deep is the Bunker balcony? The mystery deepens

For years, the so-called ‘Bunker’ in Rocklands Caravan Park has been, according to many of its critics, disfiguring the East Hill and Hastings Country Park. Now a retrospective planning application is generating fresh opposition – Bernard McGinley explains…   Next week it was hoped that Hastings councillors would once again be discussing the ‘Bunker’ which critics […]

Jason’s award-winning skills will restore greenhouse to its former glory

The skills of an award-winning craftsman will restore an historic greenhouse to its former glory. Jason Wright, a self-employed joiner for 26 years, will renovate the teak frame of the 1930s structure in Alexandra Park, Hastings, and install toughened glass once final funds for the work have been secured. A generous supporter has already pledged […]

EV driver says council’s new charging points aren’t up to the job

Are new charging points for electric cars being installed on the seafront actually up to the job? Owners of electric vehicles have been in touch to say the points that have been installed by Hastings Borough Council, combined with the restrictions on how long you can park beside one, make them virtually useless. Paul Cockerton […]

Unique alliance keeps track on Country Park cattle

Belted Galloway cattle roam free in Hastings Country Park to help restore threatened heathland and coastal grassland habitats.  Now Hastings Borough Council (HBC) has received support from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, to help monitor the grazing cattle. The animals had been fitted with radio tracking collars but the council found the antennae they were using […]