East Hill lift opens in time for Easter

Hastings East Hill lift, the steepest funicular railway in the country, has opened today following the easing of the COVID-19 restrictions. The lift is owned and operated by Hastings Borough Council, whose marketing manager, Kevin Boorman, explained: “We closed the lift in December to discourage people from making unnecessary journeys. “However, we know the East […]

Creating a legacy – Country Park is a ‘product’ of Hastings’ Labour council

The straw built visitor centre on Hastings Country Park will form part of the Labour run council’s legacy to the town and will be ’emblamatic’ of the sustainable architecture of the future. That was the view of Councillor Warren Davies when he spoke at Tuesday night’s meeting of Hastings Borough Council (HBC). “The visitor centre […]

Council in no mood to find common ground with Bunker protestors

In December two borough councillors asked for their questions to be answered over issues surrounding planning infringements at ‘The Bunker’ at Rocklands. Today, almost a month later and only hours before a crucial vote on the matter by the council’s planning committee, they finally got their answers – and they make fascinating and uncompromising reading! […]

Another £340k to finish Country Park visitor centre – oh and ANOTHER £40k a year to run it that wasn’t in the budget

The Country Park’s “brilliant new environmentally sustainable community facility,” that council officers say will, “become a major attraction for people from Kent, Sussex and beyond” will cost local council tax payers an EXTRA £340,000 bringing the total cost of the project to over £1.1m – almost three times the original estimate. Papers published from last […]

Unique alliance keeps track on Country Park cattle

Belted Galloway cattle roam free in Hastings Country Park to help restore threatened heathland and coastal grassland habitats.  Now Hastings Borough Council (HBC) has received support from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, to help monitor the grazing cattle. The animals had been fitted with radio tracking collars but the council found the antennae they were using […]