‘Hi I’m Kim…’ Hastings council leader kicks off new weekly video series

“If you need help and support it is here for you,” was the message from the borough council’s new leader on Friday when she released the first of what will be a weekly series of videos. Councillor Kim Forward, who succeeded Peter Chowney as leader of Hastings Borough Council (HBC) in March spoke about the […]

Hastings businesses at forefront of the fight against Covid-19

As well as the sterling work of many Hastings residents on the ‘front line’, others are working hard behind the scenes as local companies play their part in the local and national response to Covid-19. Interface Manufacturing, based at Churchfields industrial estate, is a manufacturer of scientific equipment and test kits for Coronavirus, in addition to […]

Management rationalisation sees Borough Council appoint a managing director

At a special council meeting last week Hastings Borough Councillors confirmed the appointment of Jane Hartnell as the council’s new Managing Director with immediate effect. Ms Hartnell joined Hastings Borough Council (HBC) in 1997 as a committee administrator and worked in several roles before becoming Director for Corporate Resources five years ago. A press release […]

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 […]

Got a plan for the Isabel Blackman Centre? Step forward now…

Community groups with a plan for the Isabel Blackman Centre are being asked to come forward. Yesterday Hastings Borough Council (HBC) announced that it was ‘inviting expressions of interest’ in the Winding Street building right in the heart of the Old Town that is owned by East Sussex County Council (ESCC). At county level councillors […]

St Leonards Festival ‘delights’ local and visitors alike

The St Leonards Festival, held last Saturday was a great success, with thousands of people packing into Kings Road and Warrior Square. Councillor Kim Forward, deputy leader of Hastings Borough Council and lead member for tourism, said afterwards: “I am delighted that the council is still able to support this fabulous festival. It attracted thousands […]