Deputy Mayor is putting a sock in it for Christmas

The Deputy Mayor’s Christmas Sock Appeal is up and running again for 2019. You can donate any new and unused socks, underwear, hats, gloves and scarves, for men and women, at various locations in town. These items will be donated to Surviving Christmas – Hastings & Rother and other local charities working with the homeless and […]

Foodbank usage keeps going up – when breaking records is nothing to celebrate

More food parcels expected to be given out this winter than ever before Hastings’ leading food bank has just had its busiest October on record, with a sharp increase in those being referred for emergency food aid. Natalie Williams, community engagement manager at King’s Church, where the food bank is based, says demand is: “… […]

Are there flaws in borough council’s housing strategy?

A ‘visionary future’ is what’s needed for the old bathing pool site in St Leonards not high density housing that will, “…add to parking and infrastructure problems.” That’s the view of the West Marina Group (WMG) in St Leonards. It’s seriously concerned about the future of the site: “We want a visionary future for this […]

Hastings’ housing crisis – Labour says it can fix it!

Figures released this week showing that a government promise from 2015 to create 200,000 new ‘starter homes’ in England for first-time buyers has not been met. According to the National Audit Office (NAO), since the scheme was launched by David Cameron in 2015 not a single one has been built. According to Peter Chowney, the […]

Cash boost will kick-start life-changing housing plan

Building new homes at Bulverhythe gives Hastings Borough Council (HBC) a real chance to make a difference to local people’s lives according to Councillor Andy Batsford. Mr Batsford, HBC’s lead councillor for housing, was speaking after the announcement that HBC has been awarded up to £6.9m from Homes England to develop the council-owned land off […]

How to liberate Hastings’ people from the worst deprivation in the country

The biggest story of the week, and probably this month, on Hastings In Focus is the news that Hastings fairs particularly badly in ‘The Indices of Deprivation’ that have just been published. They show that in seven of the 11 identified areas, problems in Hastings have got worse. Here Liberal democrat Nick Perry, who will be […]