Safer streets… funding to fight crime continues for St Leonards

The Safer Streets Project is continuing to provide support and funding for crime reduction schemes in the Central St Leonards area. Coordinated by Hastings Borough Council’s (HBC) Community Safety Team, the Project began when it became clear there was a significant problem of theft and burglary in the area. Following a successful grant application from […]

Queens Arcade – a new start under new owners?

The auctioneer who sold Queens Arcade yesterday says he expects the sale to mean a new start for the Victorian arcade in Hastings town centre. Sam Kinloch from Clive Emson Land and Property Auctioneers was not able to confirm the identity of the new owners but was able to say that the buyers are property […]

SOLD – hammer falls on Queens Arcade as bids reach £461,000

Queens Arcade was sold at auction this morning for £461,000 – £136,000 above the guide price. It’s just three weeks since news broke that the arcade was for sale as the charity that owned it had lost almost £200,000 in just five years. Figures available on the Charity Commission website show that in 2019 the […]

Changed forever… the new normal needs a new charter on equality

Tempers frayed and voices were raised in Hastings Borough Council’s (HBC) virtual council chamber last night. The issue under discussion was a motion from Councillor Judy Rogers, she told the council: “Hastings has a long tradition of welcoming people from a range of diverse backgrounds and celebrating difference, something which we all should be proud […]

Fireworks in store and it’s not even bonfire night!

There’s the prospect of fireworks tonight when Hastings Borough Council meets in full session for the first time since February and Councillor Dany Louise – who quit the Labour party over alleged anti-semitism last year – asks that the authority endorses the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-semitism. That’s likely to put her […]

Surely fixing what’s wrong with Hastings should be the priority?

Tomorrow evening Hastings councillors will meet, as a full council, for the first time since February. One of the first items on their agenda is a motion from Councillor Maya Evans. Tom McCann asks, in the midst of the current crisis, what relevance her issues have for the people of Hastings and St Leonards What’s […]

Pizza Express saved as locals discuss the fate the town’s Debenhams

There was some good news for the town today as Pizza Express announced its Hastings store was safe. But with the future of Debenhams and its imposing town centre building hanging in the balance the attitudes of local people towards the chain’s Robertson Street store vary widely. In response to our story on Sunday explaining […]

UPDATED – Who will lead the council in its post-Chowney era?

Who are the main contenders and how will the new leader be elected? With the news last week that Peter Chowney is to step down as leader of Hastings Borough Council (HBC) we’ve been finding out how his successor will be chosen. Officially the council’s new leader will be chosen at a special meeting of […]

Trustees map out their plans for iconic seafront landmark

When you’ve been entrusted with the responsibility for a grade II listed former church built in the neo-classical style in the early 19th century and occupying a high profile position on the seafront you could be excused for being a little apprehensive – the trustees of St Mary in the Castle, however, are far from […]