Town Deal Board ‘excited’ by £24.3 funding package

Updates were provided on the Hastings Town Investment Plan (HTIP) during today’s Town Deal meeting. The plan, which was approved on June 8th, secured £24.3million in funding from the government as part of their £3.6billion Towns Fund scheme and is expected to attract a further £85million in match funding secured meaning that potentially more than […]

‘We’re united’ council leader tells cabinet as Bale House saga reaches final chapter

A report recommending the terms of lease and management of the controversial Bale House in Hastings Country park was unanimously approved by Hastings Borough Council’s (HBC) cabinet when it met on Wednesday. The single storey visitor centre, which took seven years to build and went massively over-budget, eventually costing £1.1million, has been the subject of […]

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 […]

Coming together together to help the homeless

A coalition of councils and voluntary organisations are working together on a new initiative to support the homeless and those at risk of homelessness. The ‘Live, Work, Thrive Project’ will be headed by Hastings Borough Council (HBC), Rother District Council (RDC), Education Futures Trust, Fellowship of St Nicholas and Sussex Community Development Association. The initiative’s […]

Labour’s bucking the national trends in Hastings – but not in a good way

Labour politicians in Hastings appear reluctant to accept any responsibility for the losses suffered by the party at the local elections held a month ago today. Instead local Labour cites ‘national trends’ for its poor showing which included the loss of four seats to the Tories and one to the Greens at borough level and […]