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 […]

Surely fixing what’s wrong with Hastings should be the priority?

Tomorrow evening Hastings councillors will meet, as a full council, for the first time since February. One of the first items on their agenda is a motion from Councillor Maya Evans. Tom McCann asks, in the midst of the current crisis, what relevance her issues have for the people of Hastings and St Leonards What’s […]

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 […]