Drugs ‘factories’ shut down in latest Project Adder action

The success of Project Adder means police in Hastings are continuing to disrupt the production and supply of drugs in the town a force spokesman said this week. Officers executed a warrant at an address in Harkness Drive on Wednesday, July 14th after receiving community intelligence that drug-related activity was taking place inside the property. […]

Council plans to take ‘robust measures’ to get its money back

Robust measures will be used against the owners of the Battle Road arches in a bid to recover the £300,000 that Hastings Borough Council (HBC) has earmarked to spend on their demolition. Work began in May to demolish what had been classified as a dangerous structure. On Friday HBC told Hastings In Focus: “The demolition […]

Audit of council’s accounts is running late – Covid is to blame meeting hears

More than a year and a half after it ended Hastings Borough Council (HBC) has still not completed the audit for the financial year 2019/20 it was revealed during this week’s quarterly audit committee meeting. Audits for 2020/21 also remain uncompleted. Peter Grace, HBC’s Assistant Director of Financial Services and Revenues, said difficulties caused by […]

We’re talking, but are they listening?

It has been a long and hard fought campaign by the sizeable number of local people opposed to council plans that would see the building of more than 150 new homes on the old bathing pool site in West St Leonards. Hastings Borough Council’s failure to listen to local people, on this and other issues, […]

Giving a kickstart to young people’s job prospects

Last Friday, local MPs Sally-Ann Hart (Hastings and Rye) and Huw Merriman (Bexhill and Battle), visited the Youth Hub at East Sussex Coast College campus in Hastings, to see first-hand the work and support to help young people into employment. The Hastings Youth Hub, which is one of two in the area with a second […]

‘Prolific’ St Leonards offender is jailed for ten years

A prolific criminal from St Leonards has been jailed for a series of offences carried out over a 12-month period. Carl Stocker, 30, of no fixed address, was imprisoned for ten years on Tuesday, July 13th, after pleading guilty to two robberies, assault, fraud and drug offences. Lewes Crown Court heard that on May 5th, […]

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 Against War plans its annual Hiroshima Day commemoration…

Next Friday (August 6th) will see the annual Hiroshima Day commemoration in Hastings. The event has been staged every year since 2007 by Hastings Against War (HAW) writes John Enefer. People will gather in Alexandra Park to remember those who lost their lives in the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. An estimated […]


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