Harry Bennett jailed for unprovoked assault in Hastings town centre

A man has been jailed for a violent, unprovoked assault in Hastings town centre. Harry Bennett was outside Priory Meadow Shopping Centre around 10.15pm on June 1st, last year when he approached the 70-year-old victim. After a brief discussion the victim tried to walk away but Bennett punched him, causing him to fall to the […]

Man charged after incident at town centre pharmacy

Unemployed Craig McNicol, has been charged with burglary at a pharmacy in the town centre. Officers were called to Kamsons Pharmacy in York Buildings around 1.45am on Thursday (April 8th) to reports of a man smashing the windows of the store. A witness intervened and the suspect left the scene. Nothing was stolen from inside […]

Rude, lewd and intimidating – the reason town centre benches had to go

The controversial removal of benches from Hastings town centre last month was a considered and deliberate action by Hastings Borough Council (HBC) to reclaim an area of the town that had become ‘rude, lewd and intimidating’. That’s what Councillor Paul Barnett told fellow councillors last night when HBC met as a full council for the […]

Benches to go as council takes ‘hard line’ on anti-social behaviour in town centre

Town centre benches are being removed from the streets in a bid to clamp down on anti-social behaviour. Tomorrow (Friday 11th) Hastings Borough Council (HBC) will be remove benches from outside Jempsons, that are currently seen as a hot-spot for anti-social behaviour and activity and are causing problems for the businesses in the town, their […]

Town centre parking charges set to ‘almost’ double

ESCC plan first increase in a decade Motorists should brace themselves for a doubling of some parking charges if plans by East Sussex County Council to increase the cost of on-street parking for the first time in more than a decade are approved by a senior councillor later this month. Councillor Claire Dowling, lead member […]

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas as town’s trees arrive

Christmas trees for display in Hastings were delivered and put up in five locations across the town on Friday November 22nd in preparation for the festive season. The trees have been placed in the town centre (outside Debenhams), Courthouse Street, Butlers Gap (George Street), Kings Road and Hastings Cemetery. All of the trees are 15-30ft […]

Hidden in plain sight – BID for town centre success

It’s easy to see the negatives but sometimes it takes someone to point out the obvious before we can see the positives. One of those positives right on our doorstep is that when it comes to the rate of vacant commercial property Hastings punches well above its weight – especially for a town recognised as […]

Different not better? And why is the cost still ‘confidential’?

The cost of setting-up an in-house street cleaning service is still being kept under wraps despite the idea being given the green light at a council cabinet meeting on Monday night. A spokesman for Hastings Borough Council (HBC) told Hastings In Focus today that because the cabinet’s decision had not been ratified by the full […]