‘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 […]

With ‘thanks from a grateful town’ – council marks closure of Hastings Campus

Closure of Brighton University’s Hastings Campus was marked at a recent meeting of the town’s borough council with members hearing the campus was a ‘vibrant and welcoming place to study,’ and would be greatly missed. Lecturers from the Hastings Campus were thanked for their service to the town by councillors and were presented with a plaque […]

Quality fun and games for youngsters during half-term

Schools might have gone back this morning after the half-term holiday but local youngsters were never short of something to do while they were off. More than 200 of them enjoyed a wide range of activities last week as part of Active Hastings’ half term programme. Things to do included crazy golf, trampolining, crafts, roller […]

Council’s cash boost to help the homeless

Hastings Borough Council (HBC) has led a successful bid to the government for money to help reduce homelessness across East Sussex. It applied for a grant from the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government’s Accessing the Private Rented Sector initiative on behalf of Eastbourne, Lewes, Rother and Wealden Councils. The project will work with […]

Pilot scheme hopes to raise fuel efficiency in rented homes

Improving the fuel efficiency of private rented housing can help alleviate fuel poverty and lead to a cleaner environment. That’s the message from Hastings Borough Councillor Andy Batsford, Lead Councillor for Housing as HBC plans to host an event called Better Homes for Hastings that will bring together private landlords, housing associations, tenants and businesses, including TrustMark […]

Bathing pool site pledge as ‘leisure destination’ gets go-ahead

Labour has given a ‘cast iron’ pledge to consult every step of the way on plans to develop the old bathing pool site at West Marina, St Leonards. Councillor Andy Batsford, Housing and Leisure portfolio holder, told a packed, and sometimes noisy council chamber on Monday: “We want to get this right. We desperately need […]