What about Pebsham tip – why can’t solar panels go there?

Why can’t the former tip at Pebsham be used as the site for the ten acres of solar panels that Hastings Borough Council (HBC) wants to put on the town’s country park? That’s the question that’s been asked of council leader Peter Chowney this week by local MP Amber Rudd who says in her letter: […]

Our council is committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2030… What next?

In February – thanks in part to pressure from Hastings Green Party and our open letter calling on the council to declare a climate emergency – Hastings Borough Council (HBC) committed to making our town carbon neutral by 2030. Since then HBC has appointed Maya Evans as ‘climate champion’ with responsibility for climate change, biodiversity […]

The Battle for Hastings… the winners and losers of the Euro poll

In the most hotly contested European Parliamentary elections ever the result in Hastings Borough mirrored the way the vote went nationally. The big winners were the Brexit Party, The Greens and the Liberal Democrats while the big losers were the Conservative and Labour parties The full breakdown of votes in Hastings borough was: The Brexit […]

VAT hike puts Hastings’ green energy schemes at risk

Increased VAT on solar panels is undermining the renewable energy sector at a time when young people are demanding action to stop global warming says Peter Chowney. Mr Chowney – leader of Hastings Borough Council (HBC) and Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Hastings – has hit out at the tax hike saying it puts Hastings’ […]

A treasure chest of ideas to create a happier, healthier, sustainable future

Over the past few months I have been talking about the necessity of exploring ideas and generating new solutions to how we become a happier, healthier and more sustainable town into the 2020s and as part of this I am delighted to introduce the Common Treasury of Adaptable Ideas. In the summer of 2018, through […]

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 […]

Mapping out Hastings’ greener future

Julia Hilton, secretary of the Hastings Green Party has been writing a regular column for Hastings In Focus since September. Earlier in the year Julia was one of the candidates who stood for election to Hastings Borough Council under the Green Party banner, although the party failed to win any seats they made an impact on […]


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