Congratulations all round as councillors review ‘robust’ financial strategy

Self-congratulations was in the air on Tuesday night as the senior members of Hastings Borough Council (HBC) met in cabinet to review the authority’s financial strategy. Under discussion was the council’s financial performance as members reviewed the Treasury Management Report. Chief Finance Officer Peter Grace told the meeting the council’s financial strategies had worked well. […]

£65m in debt… finance chief expects clampdown on councils’ ability to borrow

Debt fuelled acquisition of commercial property by the borough council might be a thing of the past in Hastings. Tonight members of Hastings Borough Council’s cabinet will hear that a government consultation that ended in July is expected to put an end to councils being able to borrow from the Public Works Loan Board (PWLB) […]

Is council’s new leadership no longer committed to action on climate change?

Last year then council leader Peter Chowney said climate change was “The biggest challenge facing the council.” Just 15 months after passing what was seen to be a radical climate emergency motion and appointing a special cabinet member with responsibility for climate change there’s grave concern this week that Hastings Borough Council (HBC) is back […]