Was councillor the victim of institutional bullying?

‘Brutish, bullying and intimidating’ is how borough councillor John Rankin has described attacks made on him at a council meeting on Wednesday night while his group leader says it felt like ‘institutional bullying’. Mr Rankin has written to the council’s senior management and senior elected councillors telling them he is reserving the right to seek […]

Why is council refusing to publicly correct Batsford’s mistake?

“There is a councillor on the board of directors, always has been right from the start.” Councillor Andy Batsford was categorical at Wednesday night’s meeting of the full borough council that there was an elected member on the board of the Hastings Housing Company. When it later transpired that according to Companies House there are […]

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) […]

Public toilets are open for your business – well some of them are

Public toilets around Hastings were reopened on Monday with no fanfare and no formal announcement from Hastings Borough Council (HBC). And as of 1pm on Tuesday there has still be no public statement from the council to say that the facilities have been opened up. No press release has been issued and there is no […]