‘We’re united’ council leader tells cabinet as Bale House saga reaches final chapter

A report recommending the terms of lease and management of the controversial Bale House in Hastings Country park was unanimously approved by Hastings Borough Council’s (HBC) cabinet when it met on Wednesday. The single storey visitor centre, which took seven years to build and went massively over-budget, eventually costing £1.1million, has been the subject of […]

Councillors celebrate a million pounds of funding for Hastings

Well over a million pounds in funding has found its way into Hastings following a number of schemes and initiatives, it was revealed in Wednesday’s Hastings Borough Council Cabinet meeting. Councillor Paul Barnett said: “This is good news after an awful year for so many of our local organisations—awful because they have had to close, […]

6,500 most at risk in Hastings still unvaccinated

Eighty-two thousand people in East Sussex in the most at risk Covid groups are still unvaccinated, with 6,500 of those people living in Hastings, the borough council’s cabinet members heard on Wednesday. Council Managing Director Jane Hartnell outlined the position, talking about the current risks of the pandemic, and referencing what the Director of Public […]

£400,000 in parking income lost due to the pandemic

Report by Tom McCann Half empty and deserted car parks at the height of the pandemic cost Hastings Borough Council (HBC) in the region of £400,000 it was revealed at yesterday’s Charity Committee meeting. The full figure was not shared and a report has not yet been published, but Kit Wheeler, Chief Accountant and Deputy […]

Hastings Museum launches restoration project fundraiser

Spectacular woodcarvings and furnishings in the Durbar Hall of Hastings Museum and Art Gallery are in desperate need of repair so hastings Borough Council has teamed up with the Museums Association and Crowdfunder to raise the much needed funds that will pay for the restoration of the last remaining original banquettes. Originally created for the […]

‘Automata’ exhibition begins today at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery

Hastings Museum & Art Gallery has partnered with Cabaret Mechanical Theatre to curate an art exhibition of mechanical sculptures known as ‘automata’ in Hastings this summer. The exhibition, titled Ingenious Contraptions, is as much for families as it is for art enthusiasts, with the automata said to capture humour and offer ‘alluring illusions’. They will […]

New faces around the council table – election over members of HBC get down to business

Last night (May 19th) Hastings and St Leonards newly elected borough councillors were sworn in and assumed their roles as ward representatives when Hastings Borough Council held its Annual Meeting. Despite retaining their majority over the Council, Labour sustained significant losses, losing four seats to the Conservatives in the Baird, Ore, Silverhill and St Helens […]