County plans extra spending in some areas but cuts still required in others

As elected representatives at both Hastings Borough Council and East Sussex County Council struggle to agree budgets for the coming financial year council leaders at County Hall in Lewes will be asked to agree extra spending worth £6.5 million when they discuss the latest budget plans next week. Although proposals will include £3.5 million of […]

Town centre parking charges set to ‘almost’ double

ESCC plan first increase in a decade Motorists should brace themselves for a doubling of some parking charges if plans by East Sussex County Council to increase the cost of on-street parking for the first time in more than a decade are approved by a senior councillor later this month. Councillor Claire Dowling, lead member […]

Reducing food waste this Christmas

People in East Sussex are being urged to play their part in reducing food waste this Christmas – and save themselves a few quid while they’re at it. Across the county, food accounts for more than a third of waste in black bags, with bins bulging even more during the festive season when families come […]

Hand-embroidered ties deliver climate message to councillors

Hand-embroidered ties were delivered to the five members of the East Sussex Pension Committee (ESPC) earlier this week alongside an invitation for them to stop funding climate change and join the fossil fuel divestment ‘club’. The ties, which have been embroidered by members of the Climate Craftivists, each bear the Divest East Sussex logo and […]

Focus will be on services not on buildings

Plans to change the way support is offered to families and young people will be presented to council leaders next Monday. The Early Help Strategy sets out how East Sussex County Council (ESCC) will spend £4.4 million on early help services and according to the council, will also safeguard support for the most vulnerable children […]

County council pledges 100 per cent renewable energy

Street lights and council buildings in East Sussex will be powered by 100 per cent renewable electricity from next year. The decision to switch to a new environmentally-friendly contract was taken as millions around the world took to the streets on the first day of a week-long climate change protest. Under the new contract, all […]

The future of the Isabel Blackman Centre – a ‘vital community asset’

The Future of the Isabel Blackman Centre in Hastings Old Town is back on the agenda and Age UK needs your support to try to save what they say is, ‘this vital community asset’ by signing their petition. Age UK East Sussex have been working with the Hastings and St Leonards Seniors Forum, Hastings Voluntary […]

Is a lack of facilities condemning local people to an early death?

Without the proper services to deal effectively with street drinking many local people are being condemned ‘to an early death’ according to Hastings Borough Council (HBC) leader Peter Chowney Street drinking he says has long been a problem in Hastings: “Earlier this year, large groups of street drinkers were congregating on the seafront and in […]