Looking after strangers when we can’t even look after ourselves

Since he started writing for Hastings In Focus back in 2019 Tom McCann has never been afraid to court controversy. As a young man trying to make his way in the world and facing an ever more ‘hostile’ local housing market he wonders if Hastings Borough Councillors have their priorities the right way round? With […]

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 […]

Labour’s Mike Turner says objections to Harrow Lane development is ‘nimbyism’

Last week’s meeting of Hastings Borough Council saw the debate continue over the future of the Harrow Lane playing fields. Gifted to the town for recreational use, HBC now wants to sell them off for housing development. The Conservative opposition wants to retain the playing fields as they, are describing them as ‘the last green […]

Inspired by the shape of mussel shells – planner back new seafront installation

A planning application for an art installation along the Marina on the St Leonards seafront was approved unanimously by Hastings Borough Council’s planning committee following a meeting held yesterday. The installation will be a sculpture by local Hastings-based artist Leigh Dyer and it will fashioned out of galvanised stainless steel, with its design inspired from […]

Work gets underway – Jason is ‘raising the roof’ in Alexandra Park

The roof for an historic greenhouse is taking shape thanks to the skills of expert craftsman Jason Wright. Jason, a self-employed joiner for almost 30 years, is renovating the teak frame of the 1930s structure in Alexandra Park, Hastings, before reinforced glass is installed.  He has started work on the 12-week project at his Westfield […]

Hastings Green Party calls for full council scrutiny of SeaChange Sussex

Hastings Green Party has called on Hastings Borough Council (HBC) to properly scrutinise the work of regeneration company SeaChange Sussex. A representative from Hastings Council sits on the board of SeaChange, along with representatives from Rother District and East Sussex County Councils. According to Green councillor Julia Hilton not one of the councils has ever […]

Clock has pride of place back where it belongs

The mayor of Hastings has accepted an historic clock on behalf of the town from Fr John Eldridge, of St Barnabas’ church Hove. Fr John explained: “ I’m from Hastings, and my grandmother was Alderman Went Tree’s maid. Ben Went Tree was mayor of Hastings 1891-1892, 1893-1894, and 1902-1904. He was a great benefactor to […]

On your marks… get ready… but the council won’t let you go!

While councils across the south east have given the green light for Parkrun events to restart later this month once the current lockdown restrictions are lifted in Hastings the borough council is still refusing to give the go ahead and is asking organisers to meet impossible conditions. Parkrun enthusiast and ward councillor for West St […]