Big debts and tiny profits – is it time to call a halt to latest scheme?

Borrowing around £50 million over the last five years has underpinned Hastings Borough Council’s commercial property acquisition programme. Many local people still don’t realise that their council owns the site in Sedlescombe Road North where Pets at Home and  Dunelm are based and also owns the T.K. Max site on Bexhill Road. The council has […]

Lib Dem/Green Party pact – voters are not a tradable commodity says councillor

Voters are not a commodity to be traded between political parties. That’s the view of Councillor Rob Lee who heads the opposition Conservative group on Hastings Borough Council (HBC). Mr Lee was replying to the announcement yesterday that local Liberal Democrats had written to the Hastings Green Party offering them an electoral pact at next […]

Recycling rates are ‘huge failure’ says opposition leader

In the week it has announced that a new contractor will take over refuse collection and recycling from the end of this month Hastings Borough Council (HBC) has also had to contend with the revelation that it is one of the worst authorities in the country for recycling. According to the DEFRA figures compiled by […]

Ambitious, optimistic and fighting for the resources it needs

Earlier this month Hastings Borough Council (HBC) held its ‘Annual Full Council’ meeting at which Nigel Sinden was re-elected as Mayor and Peter Chowney was re-elected as Leader of the Council. Mr Chowney also leads the ruling Labour group on HBC which occupies 23 of the 32 seats. Of the remainder eight are held by […]

Hastings council’s ‘success’ on many levels

In his monthly report to the people of Hastings council leader Peter Chowney has hailed the policy of buying up commercial property a ‘success’ on many levels. Having borrowed close to £50m in the last four years there has been growing interest in Hastings Borough Council’s (HBC) property owning ambitions with many local people unhappy […]

Borough councillors’ attendance record since May 2018

In December we carried a story detailing the level of allowances paid to members of Hastings Borough Council (HBC), the 32 men and women elected almost a year ago to represent your views on local issues. So, as we approach the first anniversary of those council elections, when all 32 seats on HBC were being […]

Britain’s suffering seaside towns need urgent help, says Lords report

Disadvantaged seaside towns like Hastings face massive problems, requiring urgent government action, according to a hard-hitting House of Lords report published last week. In response to the report Hastings Borough Council (HBC) leader Peter Chowney, who is also Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Hastings, said: “Hastings suffers from poor transport links, poor health outcomes, high […]

Staff morale reaches all time low at Hastings council says UNISON

Morale within Hastings Borough Council (HBC) is at its lowest level ever according to UNISON – the union that represents staff there. Tomorrow night (Wednesday) the council will officially set its budget for the coming year. It’s a budget that calls for cuts in the number of staff and increases in charges for many of […]

It’s unanimous – borough will be carbon neutral by 2030

Last night Hastings Borough Council (HBC) voted unanimously to make the town carbon neutral by 2030 – putting tackling climate change at the heart of council policy. Sustainable energy generation on council land could see the council supplying 30 per cent of the town’s electricity in 12 years time. HBC leader Peter Chowney told councillors […]