Suspended jail sentence for ‘naive or stupid’ dodgy cigarettes crook

A CRIMINAL has narrowly escaped jail after being caught with 85,000 illegal cigarettes in the back of his van. Shirwan Jabar was stopped by police unloading boxes from the van outside a shop in London Road, St Leonards, following a report of a vehicle being driven erratically on September 4th last year. East Sussex Trading […]

Award is worthy recognition for Pat and all the ‘Gizmo Kids’

At the beginning of June we wrote about Pat Fisher and her charity Gizmo we described Pat as ‘truly inspirational’. Well it turns out there are a lot of people in the town who think along the same lines because last week Pat was presented with the More Radio “Inspiration” award at a gala celebration […]

Godfrey tells council: ‘This is what austerity looks like’

It was a feisty meeting of East Sussex County Council’s cabinet this morning as councillor’s met to discuss the authority’s ‘core offer’. Since 2010 ESCC has cut £129 million from its budget and faces the need to trim tens of millions more in the coming two years. This morning’s cabinet meeting gave the go ahead […]

Local politicians dealing with issues on their patch

Last week leader of Hastings Borough Council Peter Chowney had his long awaited meeting with Sheikh Abid Gulzar the new owner of Hastings Pier, after the meeting Mr Chowney said: “I was pleased I was able to meet Mr Gulzar this week. He has some interesting ideas to develop the pier as a major attraction, […]

No need for boredom to set in during this year’s summer holidays

With local schools due to break up for the summer holidays in the next few days it’s good to know there’s a whole summer’s worth of fantastic free activities on offer across the town. Hastings Borough Council (HBC) is offering at least two free events every week of the summer holidays. Although the summer is […]

Some of the nation’s best green spaces are on our doorstep

Today a record number of parks and green spaces collect a Green Flag Award and three of them are right here in our town. Alexandra Park, Hastings Country Park and St Leonards Gardens are among green spaces in the UK have been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as some of the very best […]

It’s vital that fishermen are part of shaping their future says MP

It’s essential that local fisherman play a part in determining the future shape of their industry according to local MP Amber Rudd. She was speaking after a meeting in Hastings yesterday afternoon attended by Environment Secretary Michael Gove, who sat down with local fisherman and tried to allay some of the fears they had over […]

Green Party petition urges council to reject harbour plans

Hastings Green Party has delivered a petition of more than 1,100 signatures calling on Hastings Borough Council (HBC) to reject plans for a harbour development in the town. The petition was handed to Hastings Mayor Nigel Sinden earlier today at Rock-a-Nore, where the proposed harbour would be built. Green Party deputy leader Amelia Womack was […]

What happens when the money runs out?

The ‘blunt truth’ according to one East Sussex County Councillor (ESCC) is that the authority simply doesn’t have enough money to do the things it used to do. Speaking at a meeting of the full council yesterday Councillor John Barnes warned his colleagues that the level of cost savings they have been forced to make […]