Hastings council’s carbon pledge and the case for solar panels on the country park

Last year Councillor Maya Evans, lead councillor for climate change, biodiversity and sustainable development at Hastings Borough Council (HBC) outlined her vision for a carbon neutral Hastings and explained how that could be achieved. In the same interview Ms Evans explained why HBC wants to site solar panels on the country park. Listen to her […]

Have a ‘naked’ Christmas – ditch the wrapping!

Dog walking, cleaning and childcare top Christmas lists in Sussex this year yet we will still bin up to 136,000 rolls of wrapping paper over the holiday season. A recent survey in Hastings revealed that the majority of adults would prefer to receive ‘help’ rather than a gift this Christmas. The survey, conducted by Hastings […]

Recycling rates are ‘huge failure’ says opposition leader

In the week it has announced that a new contractor will take over refuse collection and recycling from the end of this month Hastings Borough Council (HBC) has also had to contend with the revelation that it is one of the worst authorities in the country for recycling. According to the DEFRA figures compiled by […]

Residents urged – burn ‘clean’ and improve air quality

“…people enjoy having an open fire in their home, but… it does come at a cost.”   Residents who burn wood or other solid fuels to heat their homes will be encouraged to cut down their use or switch to less polluting alternatives under a project running across Sussex. One in ten households in the […]

It’s unanimous – borough will be carbon neutral by 2030

Last night Hastings Borough Council (HBC) voted unanimously to make the town carbon neutral by 2030 – putting tackling climate change at the heart of council policy. Sustainable energy generation on council land could see the council supplying 30 per cent of the town’s electricity in 12 years time. HBC leader Peter Chowney told councillors […]

Environment benefits from council projects

Hastings Borough Council’s community safety team and waste services have made some changes at a burglary and environmental crime hot spot in Ore. Colin Fitzgerald, lead councillor for the environment said: “There is a long alley behind properties in Grove Road and Winchelsea Road. This alley has been much complained about by residents who felt unsafe, […]

Is the Alexandra Park cycle path coming sometime soon?

The long-awaited cycle path through Alexandra Park could be completed and open for next summer. First muted back in 2014 when Hastings Borough Council, along with East Sussex County Council, launched a walking and cycling strategy, plans to actually build the cycle path have been slow to come to fruition. An East Sussex County Council […]

Join in Hastings’ greens great plastic purge

A family-friendly ‘tea ‘n’ tips’ event being run by Hastings Green Party will offer advice on reducing the use of plastic. The event is designed to be fun, interactive and it’s intended to be a fundraiser too. It’s being held later this month to raise awareness of the problem of plastics in the world’s oceans […]

Hastings Council – It has the power!

The first phase of Hastings Borough Council’s energy generation programme is now underway, with PV (solar) arrays being installed on council-owned buildings. In his monthly report on council activities HBC leader Peter Chowney says the work should have started sooner but was been delayed because of ‘technical contractual issues’. “Thanks to the council’s recent commercial […]