New pedestrian crossing on The Ridge

Local people are able to cross a busy road more safely following the recent completion of a new pedestrian crossing on The Ridge. East Sussex Highways installed the pedestrian crossing to the south of the junction with Chowns Hill, providing safer and easier access to St Helen’s church, Hastings Court Oakland Care Home, Hastings Cemetery, […]

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 […]

What a beautiful town we live in… The sun has got his hat on!

All photos by Peter Norman The sun came out of hiding over the last weekend after a mixed midweek and with it came beautiful weather, making for a lovely weekend to finally, fully kickstart the summer–and in good timing, too, coinciding with the beginning of the European Championships where England started well with a win […]

Hastings and Rye Palestine Solidarity Campaign’s march through Hastings

Report by Tom McCann A week ago yesterday a ceasefire was brokered between Israel and Hamas. The ceasefire was the climax—if even only temporary—of the latest increase in tensions in the region between the two sides which culminated in a 15 day conflict that left hundreds dead, thousands wounded and tens of thousands more displaced […]

Short but sweet planners give the nod to old town changes

Hastings Borough Council’s (HBC) Planning Committee met on Wednesday… it was a short meeting, a third of it was spent confirming who was present, who if any should declare a conflict of interest and agreeing to the minutes of the previous meeting! All councillors were present, they all agreed to the minutes of the previous […]

Local mum with a big HEART wins worldwide recognition for her Covid efforts

Kim Batty, the Hastings-based single parent who co-founded the town’s mutual aid support group HEART, has been recognised for her work with a global award from the international media giant Nationbuilder. Hailed by the firm as an ‘#Everyday Leader’, Kim set up HEART at the start of the Covid pandemic, recruiting a team of over […]

Bank holiday weekend with a difference

Visitors to Hastings are being warned that the weekend’s May Day bank holiday will be quite different to usual. Hastings Borough Council’s marketing manager Kevin Boorman explained: “Because of continuing Covid restrictions, the very popular Jack in the Green festival of Morris dancing, which normally takes place over the May Day bank holiday weekend, will […]

Marline Road man will be sentenced next month

A man has pleaded guilty to two burglaries and two attempted burglaries in St Leonards. John McWhinnie, 46, unemployed, of Marline Road, St Leonards, admitted six offences when he appeared at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, April 15th. The charges included burglary with theft, burglary with intent to steal and two counts of attempted burglary […]