New deal will ’empower local people’ in bid for town’s carbon neutrality

A new deal thrashed out between Hastings Borough Council (HBC) and Energise Sussex Coast brings the goal of making Hastings carbon neutral by 2030 one step closer. HBC and Energise Sussex Coast have signed what they describe as “a landmark agreement” to work in partnership to tackle the impact of climate change in the town and to help achieve Hastings’ ambition […]

Just five days to protect your right to roam on Hastings Country Park – here’s how you can object to the councils plans for ‘Restriction of Access’

…visitors to the Country Park face being criminalised for harmless activities such as wandering off the path, and picking blackberries… By Bernard McGinley New bylaws are proposed by Hastings Borough Council (HBC) for the Country Park to replace those that have been in force since 1974.   This process began slowly in 2014-15 and is […]

National homeless crisis pushes Hastings Council to the brink

A national homeless crisis is pushing Hastings Borough Council’s (HBC) finances to breaking point, councillors will be told next week. Increasing demand has seen its homelessness budget rocket by £386,000 more than expected. The cost of keeping homeless households in temporary accommodation is now costing the council £2 million a year. And families are spending […]

Hastings a step closer to £25m funding bid

Hastings has taken a big step closer to bidding for up to £25m from the Government’s new Town Fund by setting up a Town Deal Board. At a public meeting last week delegates from the health, education, business, community and voluntary sectors in the town, as well as officers from East Sussex County Council (ESCC), […]

The leadership of Peter Chowney – in his own words

Since its launch two year ago Peter Chowney has spoken to Hastings In Focus on a number of occasions. Now that he has announced he is standing down as leader of Hastings Borough Council (HBC) we thought it was time to bring some of those interviews together in on place In the run-up to last […]