Another £340k to finish Country Park visitor centre – oh and ANOTHER £40k a year to run it that wasn’t in the budget

The Country Park’s “brilliant new environmentally sustainable community facility,” that council officers say will, “become a major attraction for people from Kent, Sussex and beyond” will cost local council tax payers an EXTRA £340,000 bringing the total cost of the project to over £1.1m – almost three times the original estimate. Papers published from last […]

Looking out for what’s behind them… the etiquette for council’s virtual meetings

Pet cats and dogs are being banned from Hastings Borough Council (HBC) meetings as the authority amends its constitution to cope with the demands of running online ‘virtual’ meetings. “Councillors need to be aware that the cameras give a ‘close up’ view of thecouncillor and their surrounding area. So councillors need to keep the area […]

Hastings in tier two – find out what that means for you

The Government has announced that East Sussex – and that means Hastings and St Leonards – will be in Tier 2 (High alert) from Wednesday December 2nd when the current national lockdown ends. Tier two rules include: No household mixing. Rule of 6 applies outdoors. Pubs and bars must close, unless operating as restaurants. The tiers will […]

Hastings MP branded #hartless across social media

It has not been the best of weeks for Hastings MP Sally-Ann Hart. Her support for the the government’s position not to extend the provision of free school meals for the most needy children through the half term holiday has seen her banned from one St Leonards pub and also seen the emergence of the […]

Council plays its part in helping hungry families

Hastings Borough Council (HBC) is supporting the Education Futures Trust in providing emergency food to children in the town during half term. Deputy council leader Councillor Colin Fitzgerald explained: “We are very concerned that some of the most vulnerable children in our community are going hungry during half term because they aren’t able to get […]

Nuclear motion – ministers and Japanese officials will hear from Hastings council

Civic leaders in Hiroshima and Nagasaki will shortly hear from their counterparts in Hastings. Last week’s full council meeting saw Labour members of Hastings Borough Council (HBC) give their full support to a motion from Councillor Maya Evans that called on HBC to write to the two cities to show, ‘solidarity and friendship’. Patriotic duty […]

Fireworks in store and it’s not even bonfire night!

There’s the prospect of fireworks tonight when Hastings Borough Council meets in full session for the first time since February and Councillor Dany Louise – who quit the Labour party over alleged anti-semitism last year – asks that the authority endorses the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-semitism. That’s likely to put her […]