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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Is Julia’s lanslide win the start of ‘Green trend’ in Hastings?

Julia Hilton is Hastings’s first Green councillor as she swept to victory in both elections to Hastings Borough Council and East Sussex County Council. In the borough council ward of Old Hastings it was a landslide victory as Ms Hilton recorded 1,032 votes, the other three parties could only manage 937 votes between them. In […]