Bensons for Beds’ owners go bust – what’s the future for the Hastings store?

The fragile nature of the commercial property market was laid bare yesterday when a number of high-profile, high street names called in administrators. Among those was the Harveys furniture group. While there is no Harveys store in Hastings its subsidiary Bensons for Beds is a tenant of Hastings Borough Council in Bexhill Road. The chain, […]

Only the beginning – ‘we have so much more work to do’

#BLMHastings Over 1,000 people attended yesterday’s Black Lives Matter rally in Alexandra Park. Speakers challenged those attending to ‘be an ally’ – to be actively anti-racist and to spread the word among their families. One man who attended said later: “It had the feel less of a protest, more of a movement that’s here to […]

The finish line is within sight but who will win in Hastings & Rye

This morning we publish three new audio tracks, conversations we’ve had over the weekend with the three main-party candidates standing in the General Election. None will stake a claim saying the parliamentary seat is theirs for the taking but listening to them carefully they confirm what national polls have been saying; that people are not […]

Figures reveal ‘exodus’ of EU nationals from NHS posts in East Sussex

Brexit is making the staffing crisis at East Sussex Healthcare Trust even worse according to the Liberal Democrats. Figures published by the Lib Dems reveal that 84 EU staff working at East Sussex Healthcare Trust have already left the health service this year, including 27 nurses and midwives. In the three years since the Brexit […]

Hollington GP attacks government’s ‘dismal record’ on NHS

Only 81 per cent of patients arriving at accident and emergency in Hastings were treated or admitted within four hours in October 2019, according to figures published by NHS England last week.That’s well below the official target of 95 per cent of patients attending A&E being admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours.Nationally, the 95 per […]

Lib Dems will reverse school cuts in Hastings & Rye says Perry

On the day his party launched its election manifesto the Liberal Democrats’ Nick Perry says if elected his party will: “build a brighter future for every child in Hastings & Rye.” He told Hastings In Focus: “Young people across Hastings & Rye deserve world-class schools and colleges so they can get the best start in life.” […]