East Hill lift opens in time for Easter

Hastings East Hill lift, the steepest funicular railway in the country, has opened today following the easing of the COVID-19 restrictions. The lift is owned and operated by Hastings Borough Council, whose marketing manager, Kevin Boorman, explained: “We closed the lift in December to discourage people from making unnecessary journeys. “However, we know the East […]

Boxing Day lift for Hastings Old Town

Hastings’ East Hill lift, the country’s steepest working funicular railway, will be opening on Boxing Day this year. Kevin Boorman, marketing manager for Hastings Borough Council, which owns and operates the lift, explained: “We have opened the West Hill lift on Boxing Day for a few years now and it has proved popular with locals […]

West Hill lift repairs are making ‘wheely’ good progress

The main drive wheel from the West Hill lift has been removed in a carefully planned operation. Councillor Kim Forward, deputy leader of Hastings Borough Council, explained: “At the start of the summer our engineers identified a problem with the main winding wheel of the West Hill lift. The lift is 127 years old and specialist expertise […]

Greenway walkers enjoy day out in Hastings Country Park

Hastings Greenway Group staged one of its very popular guided walks last weekend, this time heading across Hastings Country Park from the East Hill to the Coastguard tearooms. Greenway Group chair Tony Plain says: “We had about 40 people on the walk…. and it was a lovely day as you can see from the photographs. […]

A few of your favourites from the year

In two weeks time we’ll have bid farewell to 2018 and we’ll be welcoming in the new year, so we thought it was time to start looking back to some of your favourite stories and features from Hastings In Focus’ first year. Over the next two weeks we’ll be taking a look back at the items […]

East Hill Lift – an ‘enduring symbol of Hastings’

Its seems that arguments over planning are nothing new, in the latter years of the 19th century when Hastings Borough Council decided it wanted to construct a new funicular railway on the east hill its plans came under attack on two fronts. First there was a covenant on the land in favour of the original […]