‘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 […]

Would like a say in how the Foreshore Trust spends its money?

Hastings Borough Council (HBC) is looking for volunteers to sit on its grants advisory panel. The panel gives advice to the Hastings and St Leonards Foreshore Trust – of which the Council is the Trustee – on how surplus income from the Foreshore Trust should be distributed. Councillor Trevor Webb chairs the committee and says: […]

Full list of borough council committees, chairs and members

At last night’s (May19th) Annual Meeting of Hastings Borough Council committee appointments were made. Here we bring you a full list of committees and which councillors sit on each one. Cabinet: Labour: Kim Forward – Leader of the Council and Strategy and Partnership Working. Paul Barnett – Deputy Leader and Regeneration Portfolio Holder Peter Chowney […]

New faces around the council table – election over members of HBC get down to business

Last night (May 19th) Hastings and St Leonards newly elected borough councillors were sworn in and assumed their roles as ward representatives when Hastings Borough Council held its Annual Meeting. Despite retaining their majority over the Council, Labour sustained significant losses, losing four seats to the Conservatives in the Baird, Ore, Silverhill and St Helens […]

New Mayor and Deputy Mayor elected for Hastings and St Leonards

Old Hastings’ Councillor James Bacon was elected Mayor of Hastings and St Leonards tonight (May 19th) in a unanimous vote by members of Hastings Borough Council (HBC) at the Annual Council meeting. Mr Bacon replaced the outgoing Mayor Nigel Sinden, under whom he had served as Deputy Mayor for the previous three years. Replacing Mr […]