Another £340k to finish Country Park visitor centre – oh and ANOTHER £40k a year to run it that wasn’t in the budget

The Country Park’s “brilliant new environmentally sustainable community facility,” that council officers say will, “become a major attraction for people from Kent, Sussex and beyond” will cost local council tax payers an EXTRA £340,000 bringing the total cost of the project to over £1.1m – almost three times the original estimate. Papers published from last […]

Council working with HSE to support care homes with Covid-19 safety

Ensuring care homes are Covid secure is the aim of a new project between Hastings Borough Council (HBC) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The council will be working with local care homes to ensure the correct Covid-19 measures are in place so the health and safety of both residents and staff are protected. This […]

Firing on all cylinders says MP who urges: ‘do not believe… stories and rumours’

Local MP Sally-Ann hart has spoken out this afternoon correcting what she describes as “misinformation and inaccurate rumour” being spread in the community. Mrs Hart says: “There appears to be a lot of misinformation and inaccurate rumour being spread. Vaccines are being delivered to residents in Hastings and Rye and have been since the December […]

Sussex Resilience Forum declares major incident to maximise Covid response

This week Sussex Resilience Forum declared a ‘major incident’ in Sussex as emergency services worked out a plan to best respond to the unprecedented pressures that Covid-19 is placing on the county’s resources. The same decision has been taken by several other local resilience forums in the South East. The Sussex Resilience Forum (SRF) which […]

Access to Burton family memorial closed on safety grounds

A landslip on the cliff face below the Burton family memorial garden in West Hill Rd, St Leonards means the memorial has had to be closed for safety reasons. James and Decimus Burton designed and built St Leonards, and the Burton family tomb is in the shape of a small pyramid, looking out to sea […]

Opposition to council’s borrowing record ‘churlish’ says deputy leader

‘A celebration of success’ is how Councillor Peter Chowney described the way in which Hastings Borough Council (HBC) manages its finances. Mr Chowney was speaking at the meeting of HBC’s ruling cabinet on Monday night as members reviewed the mid-year treasury management report. Peter Grace, the council’s Assistant Director Financial Services and Revenues told members it […]

A Green councillor in Hastings would be a ‘tremendous breakthrough’

Hastings Green Party has announced that it will contest all 16 seats on Hastings Borough Council that are due to come up for election this year. In 2018 the Greens thought they had a real chance of snatching at least one of the Old Hastings wards from Labour, so much so that then co-leader – […]