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 […]