Sussex Resilience Forum declares major incident to maximise Covid response

This week Sussex Resilience Forum declared a ‘major incident’ in Sussex as emergency services worked out a plan to best respond to the unprecedented pressures that Covid-19 is placing on the county’s resources. The same decision has been taken by several other local resilience forums in the South East. The Sussex Resilience Forum (SRF) which […]

Council has £1.5m hardship fund ready to help those most in need

There’s a £1.5m support from East Sussex County Council to help people struggling to make ends meet during the pandemic. The council has received funding through the Government’s Covid Winter Grant Scheme which aims to support those most in need with the cost of food, energy, water bills and other associated costs. At least 80 […]

‘Sickening’ increase in attacks of Police and other emergency services

There’s been a ‘sickening’ increase in assaults on Police Officers across Sussex since the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic. That’s according to the county’s Deputy Chief Constable Jo Shiner who was speaking as Sussex Police announced that it has recorded a 39 per cent increase in assaults against officers, PCSOs and other emergency workers in […]

Hastings businesses at forefront of the fight against Covid-19

As well as the sterling work of many Hastings residents on the ‘front line’, others are working hard behind the scenes as local companies play their part in the local and national response to Covid-19. Interface Manufacturing, based at Churchfields industrial estate, is a manufacturer of scientific equipment and test kits for Coronavirus, in addition to […]

Garden waste collections starting again in Hastings

Hastings Borough Council (HBC) announced today that garden waste collections will restart from today. The collection of garden waste had been suspended in response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. Collections will take place on normal collection days which can be found via the online collection day look up on the HBC website. Colin Fitzgerald, lead councillor […]

Emergency fund will support charities and not-for-profit groups

A £300,000 emergency fund has been launched to help charities and not-for-profit organisations continue to support communities through the Covid-19 crisis. East Sussex County Council (ESCC) is inviting voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations whose income has been significantly affected by the Government’s ‘stay at home’ advice, to apply for a grant. The CV-19 VCSE […]

How your experience of life in lockdown could form part of the town’s archive

Have you been keeping a record of your life since the Coronavirus crisis began? If you have then Hastings Museum and Art Gallery want to hear from you because it is asking for volunteers to keep a journal to record the extraordinary times we are living in. Kim Forward, Leader of Hastings Council said: “Coronavirus […]