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 […]

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 […]

‘We’re united’ council leader tells cabinet as Bale House saga reaches final chapter

A report recommending the terms of lease and management of the controversial Bale House in Hastings Country park was unanimously approved by Hastings Borough Council’s (HBC) cabinet when it met on Wednesday. The single storey visitor centre, which took seven years to build and went massively over-budget, eventually costing £1.1million, has been the subject of […]

Labour’s bucking the national trends in Hastings – but not in a good way

Labour politicians in Hastings appear reluctant to accept any responsibility for the losses suffered by the party at the local elections held a month ago today. Instead local Labour cites ‘national trends’ for its poor showing which included the loss of four seats to the Tories and one to the Greens at borough level and […]