New Mayor and Deputy Mayor elected for Hastings and St Leonards

Old Hastings’ Councillor James Bacon was elected Mayor of Hastings and St Leonards tonight (May 19th) in a unanimous vote by members of Hastings Borough Council (HBC) at the Annual Council meeting. Mr Bacon replaced the outgoing Mayor Nigel Sinden, under whom he had served as Deputy Mayor for the previous three years. Replacing Mr […]

Mayor and deputy stay in position for a further year

Hastings’ Mayor Nigel Sinden and his deputy James Bacon will have an additional year in their current roles. Councillor Sinden’s tenure as Mayor would normally have ended at Hastings Borough Council’s (HBC) annual meeting in May and as is the tradition Councillor Bacon would have stepped up in to the principal role after two years […]

Two years in jail – former mayor’s ‘systematic act of dishonesty’

Hastings’ former mayor Paul Smith has been sentenced to two years in prison for defrauding community groups in the town. Smith, 74, of Addington Grove, Lewisham, London, admitted four charges when he appeared at Hove Trial Centre earlier this month when sentence was deferred. Appearing for sentence today Smith’s solicitor Richard Body said Smith was ‘deeply […]