Being positive about shaping a better future for West St Leonards

Local residents made it very clear how much they care about their neighbourhood… Working towards a better future for west St Leonards is the key theme of a campaign that has got off to a flying start. The West St Leonards Forum has received funding support from Common Treasury and Locality, launched its campaign to […]

‘Fantastic’ project at the heart of Hastings

It’s been lying empty and unused for more than 30 years but this week Hastings MP Amber Rudd was given a tour of the Observer Building in Cambridge Road and was told about the plans to bring in alive. Ms Rudd heard that White Rock Neighbourhood Ventures (WRNV) are hoping to put the Observer Building […]

Time to heal ‘nasty divisions’ over pier says Jess Steele

The woman who many see as the saviour of Hastings Pier has spoken out about what she sees as ‘the disturbing level of polarisation’ within the town over the future of the iconic Victorian structure. She is critical of the tone of the debate about the future of the pier which has taken place on […]

Favourite stories from 2018 – The battle for Hastings Pier

There’s no doubt that one of the biggest stories in town this year has been the battle for ownership of Hastings Pier. In November 2017, in the same week that the pier was awarded the nation’s top architecture award, the RIBA Stirling prize,  it was also announced that the Hastings Pier Charity, which ran the […]

The new Battle of Hastings? The fight continues for control of the pier

Friends of Hastings Pier has published a revised business plan and details of its financial projections as its battle to secure community ownership of the pier continues. Both documents can be seen in full by following this link A spokesman for FoHP said yesterday: “We want to acknowledge the amazing contribution and ongoing commitment […]

There is a plan for Hastings Pier… and here it is

Every time we run a story on Hastings Pier we always attach a link to the creative vision that Friends of Hastings Pier has drawn up. Adam Wide, the man who has drafted the creative plan, has huge experience in his field. But perhaps because that link is always at the bottom of our story […]

‘Warm and friendly’ meeting but community bid has deadlines to meet

Representatives of Friends of Hastings Pier (FoHP) had what they describe as a “warm and positive” meeting with the administrators handling the business affairs of the pier but they concede that, “time is not on our side”. Jess Steele and Adam Wide met Adam Stephens of Smith and Williamson to talk about the plans FoHP […]

Pier architects put their money where their mouth is!

The architectural practice behind the Stirling Prize-winning rebuild of Hastings Pier has pledged money to the crowdfunding campaign that it hopes will take the attraction into community ownership. In November, the charity that owned the pier went into administration, less than a month after dRMM scooped the prestigious architecture award for its regeneration of the pier. The practice […]