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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Build houses on land near the link road to deliver affordable homes say MPs

Land alongside the Bexhill to Hastings link road should be built out at a faster rate to deliver new affordable homes for local residents according to local MPs Sally Ann-Hart and Huw Merriman. Mrs Hart, MP for Hastings and Rye and Mr Merriman, MP for Bexhill and Battle have spoken in Parliament about their concerns […]

Holiday ‘Food and Fun’ programme to launch at Easter

A holiday food and activity programme to support children during the school holidays will be launched in East Sussex next month. Activities will include outdoor pursuits, arts and crafts, and sports with an emphasis on healthy food and the preparation of meals. Coordinated by East Sussex County Council’s Children’s Services department, the holiday clubs will […]

Kiley’s Karpets gives Sierra Leone school farms project a boost!

Inspired by the success of last year’s pilot Seeds Challenge project in schools in Sierra Leone Hastings based Kiley’s Karpets has stepped in and donated £500 toward the 2021 School Farms Project.  Last year just £200 enabled 21 schools in Hastings, Sierra Leone to buy seeds and grow crops so successfully they were able to […]