Improved A21 can unleash economic potential and brilliance says MP

Hastings MP Sally-Ann Hart says she had a ‘brilliant meeting’ yesterday as part of the A21 Reference Group. The group consists of MPs whose constituencies lie along the A21, representatives from local authorities and Transport for the South East. The group was instrumental in persuading the Government to carry out the most recent upgrade of […]

Ready Salted makes a pit stop at Hastings’ schools

So far this winter East Sussex Highway’s fleet of 22 gritters have been out 20 times, treating a total of 25,040 km of roads across the county. Youngsters from two Hastings schools were given the chance to climb on board a gritter when a driver from East Sussex Highways made a pit stop at their […]

Hastings a step closer to £25m funding bid

Hastings has taken a big step closer to bidding for up to £25m from the Government’s new Town Fund by setting up a Town Deal Board. At a public meeting last week delegates from the health, education, business, community and voluntary sectors in the town, as well as officers from East Sussex County Council (ESCC), […]

UPDATED – Who will lead the council in its post-Chowney era?

Who are the main contenders and how will the new leader be elected? With the news last week that Peter Chowney is to step down as leader of Hastings Borough Council (HBC) we’ve been finding out how his successor will be chosen. Officially the council’s new leader will be chosen at a special meeting of […]

County plans extra spending in some areas but cuts still required in others

As elected representatives at both Hastings Borough Council and East Sussex County Council struggle to agree budgets for the coming financial year council leaders at County Hall in Lewes will be asked to agree extra spending worth £6.5 million when they discuss the latest budget plans next week. Although proposals will include £3.5 million of […]

Town centre parking charges set to ‘almost’ double

ESCC plan first increase in a decade Motorists should brace themselves for a doubling of some parking charges if plans by East Sussex County Council to increase the cost of on-street parking for the first time in more than a decade are approved by a senior councillor later this month. Councillor Claire Dowling, lead member […]

Reducing food waste this Christmas

People in East Sussex are being urged to play their part in reducing food waste this Christmas – and save themselves a few quid while they’re at it. Across the county, food accounts for more than a third of waste in black bags, with bins bulging even more during the festive season when families come […]

Conservatives promise to fast track fast trains

Fast-tracking fast trains to Hastings will be top of the list for an incoming Conservative government. Yesterday Grant Shapps, Secretary of State for Transport, said he would ‘prioritise’ the introduction of the 140mph Javelin Trains on the Hastings line if his party wins the General Election next month. The announcement comes after lobbying from the Conservative […]

Hand-embroidered ties deliver climate message to councillors

Hand-embroidered ties were delivered to the five members of the East Sussex Pension Committee (ESPC) earlier this week alongside an invitation for them to stop funding climate change and join the fossil fuel divestment ‘club’. The ties, which have been embroidered by members of the Climate Craftivists, each bear the Divest East Sussex logo and […]