Another £340k to finish Country Park visitor centre – oh and ANOTHER £40k a year to run it that wasn’t in the budget

The Country Park’s “brilliant new environmentally sustainable community facility,” that council officers say will, “become a major attraction for people from Kent, Sussex and beyond” will cost local council tax payers an EXTRA £340,000 bringing the total cost of the project to over £1.1m – almost three times the original estimate. Papers published from last […]

Project will ‘break even’ as unforeseen costs continue to mount

Later today councillors on Hastings Borough Council’s (HBC) cabinet will be asked to give the go ahead to spending another £166,000 on the renovation of York Buildings to cover unforeseen costs. It’s the second time councillors have upped the budget for the project having increased it from £757,000 to £846,000 in September 2019. If tonight’s […]

How deep is the Bunker balcony? The mystery deepens

For years, the so-called ‘Bunker’ in Rocklands Caravan Park has been, according to many of its critics, disfiguring the East Hill and Hastings Country Park. Now a retrospective planning application is generating fresh opposition – Bernard McGinley explains…   Next week it was hoped that Hastings councillors would once again be discussing the ‘Bunker’ which critics […]

Controversial plans for PGL’s Pestalozzi site about to be decided

A children’s activity centre could soon be built on the former Pestalozzi site in Sedlescombe if controversial plans are agreed tomorrow. PGL Travel, which bought the 138 acre site last year, wants to turn it into a residential training and educational facility. And planning officials have recommended that conditional permission be granted for the scheme […]