Harold Place redevelopment plan – “risky and irresponsible” says councillor

Plans for development of the Harold Place site where the toilets once stood is an example of “local government at its worst” according to Rob Lee who leads the opposition Conservative group on Hastings Borough Council (HBC). Tonight councillors are set to approve a plan that would see HBC borrow the cash required to convert […]

Are there flaws in borough council’s housing strategy?

A ‘visionary future’ is what’s needed for the old bathing pool site in St Leonards not high density housing that will, “…add to parking and infrastructure problems.” That’s the view of the West Marina Group (WMG) in St Leonards. It’s seriously concerned about the future of the site: “We want a visionary future for this […]

Cash boost will kick-start life-changing housing plan

Building new homes at Bulverhythe gives Hastings Borough Council (HBC) a real chance to make a difference to local people’s lives according to Councillor Andy Batsford. Mr Batsford, HBC’s lead councillor for housing, was speaking after the announcement that HBC has been awarded up to £6.9m from Homes England to develop the council-owned land off […]

Sedlescombe Road traffic chaos will last until November

Traffic chaos on Sedlescombe Road North is set to continue for another six weeks – right through until the middle of November. Roadworks, including temporary traffic lights, have been in place since Monday, July 29th and have caused long tailbacks on the A21 and surrounding roads. The work is due to Southern Gas Networks (SGN) […]

Big debts and tiny profits – is it time to call a halt to latest scheme?

Borrowing around £50 million over the last five years has underpinned Hastings Borough Council’s commercial property acquisition programme. Many local people still don’t realise that their council owns the site in Sedlescombe Road North where Pets at Home and  Dunelm are based and also owns the T.K. Max site on Bexhill Road. The council has […]

What about Pebsham tip – why can’t solar panels go there?

Why can’t the former tip at Pebsham be used as the site for the ten acres of solar panels that Hastings Borough Council (HBC) wants to put on the town’s country park? That’s the question that’s been asked of council leader Peter Chowney this week by local MP Amber Rudd who says in her letter: […]

‘Improving lives’ investment in St Leonards has borne fruit says HBC

Leading Labour councillor Andy Batsford says the town’s borough council is a “bold interventionist council determined to improve the lives of our residents.” He was talking after Hastings Borough Council (HBC) carried out a review os a 16 year programme of renewal work in central St Leonards. The £32 million public/private investment has been focussed on […]

‘Why is no one interested?’ Council’s lack of action branded ‘shameful’

Residents of Alma Terrace in St Leonards are becoming frantic at the wall of silence that surrounds their attempts to have something done about the dilapidated house that is blighting their street. The house at 39 Alma Terrace has been empty for a decade, neighbour Nick Kirkham told Hastings In Focus: “It’s in a very […]