Lift the ban – petition being delivered to parliament next week

It is more than a year since both Hastings Borough Council and East Sussex County Council voted to support asylum seekers being able to work with county councillors voting unanimously in favour of the move. This councils’ actions followed months of activity in Hastings and St Leonards to raise awareness of the Lift the Ban […]

Wanted: Home cooks to help supply hot meals to the homeless

Warming up the Homeless, which supports people across Eastbourne, Hastings and Bexhill, is in need of some extra cooks. The registered charity is looking for people that are willing to regularly supply hot food for its outreach project. It will supply all the ingredients and disposable containers – and these can be delivered to you […]

Ensuring Hastings offers a place of sanctuary

Local people are being encouraged to extend a hand of friendship and to welcome refugees fleeing Northern France. Between 6.30am and midday on Sunday four boats containing 72 refugees landed on local beaches. They were all brought to Hastings to be medically assessed before being transferred to immigration officials.  Tony Eastaugh, Home Office Director for […]

Foodbank Britain – St Leonards poet publishes collection to feed a local cause

A collection of ‘political, thought-provoking and humorous’ poems will hopefully raise a lot of cash for the local foodbank. Dee Howard, a St Leonards resident and regular contributor at monthly Sheer Poetry,  has published a booklet containing 16 of her poems with all the profits going to Hastings Foodbank.  The foreword was written in verse […]

Hastings council’s housing initiatives half number of rough sleepers

Numbers of rough sleepers in Hastings has halved according to a report that will go before senior councillors next month. Hastings Borough Council (HBC) is now widely recognised as a leader in innovative practice for reducing homelessness through intervention and prevention, members of the authority’s cabinet will be told. The average number sleeping rough in […]

National homeless crisis pushes Hastings Council to the brink

A national homeless crisis is pushing Hastings Borough Council’s (HBC) finances to breaking point, councillors will be told next week. Increasing demand has seen its homelessness budget rocket by £386,000 more than expected. The cost of keeping homeless households in temporary accommodation is now costing the council £2 million a year. And families are spending […]