Pilot scheme gives Hastings £5m to tackle drug problem

Communities in Hastings are set to benefit from a £5 million funding boost to tackle harm caused by the supply and use of drugs. The town has been announced as a pilot area for Project ADDER, a Government initiative to help agencies and organisations work together reduce drug-related deaths, offending and the prevalence of drug […]

County makes limited library service available during lockdown

Limited library services are available in East Sussex during this second nationwide Covid-19 lockdown the County Council has confirmed. All 17 of the county’s library buildings have closed since November 5th, Hollington Library only having reopened on October 19th. Since the beginning of this week library users have been able to order books from the […]

Hastings MP branded #hartless across social media

It has not been the best of weeks for Hastings MP Sally-Ann Hart. Her support for the the government’s position not to extend the provision of free school meals for the most needy children through the half term holiday has seen her banned from one St Leonards pub and also seen the emergence of the […]

Lift the ban – petition being delivered to parliament next week

It is more than a year since both Hastings Borough Council and East Sussex County Council voted to support asylum seekers being able to work with county councillors voting unanimously in favour of the move. This councils’ actions followed months of activity in Hastings and St Leonards to raise awareness of the Lift the Ban […]

The road to nowhere – that’s going somewhere at last

Work will start on Monday to complete the Queensway Gateway link road but it is just a ‘temporary fix’ according to its developers. To Hastings councillor Godfrey Daniel a temporary fix is not good enough, he told a recent meeting of East Sussex County Council: “I don’t think it is satisfactory that we plan on […]

Hollington library set to reopen next month

Hollington library is one of 12 across East Sussex that are due to reopen next month, it has been announced. The Battle Road site, which was forced to close because of Covid-19 restrictions, will welcome people back on October 19th. But changes to the layout to enable people to follow social distancing guidance, means fewer […]

Good to be back – county’s guide for parents as schools prepare to reopen

As the new school year is set to begin, thousands of children and young people will return to school after months away. East Sussex County Council (ESCC) has launched a section on its website full of information and advice to support parents in planning their child’s return to school. The pages, at www.eastsussex.gov.uk/backtoschool, share information about […]