For council ‘austerity is far from over’ says Chowney

Council seeks your view on its budget proposals Council set to cut ten per cent of its workforce £1m of additional savings still required Increasing demand on homeless budget The clock’s ticking down on your opportunity to have a say on the borough council’s budget for the coming year. Hastings Borough Council (HBC) has launched […]

Council has borrowed millions to play the property market

The property market can bring big rewards but there are big risks too and there are plenty of people in Hastings still unaware that their council has borrowed tens of millions of pounds to be repaid by local council-tax payers over the next 50 years. Do Hastings Borough Council’s figures add up and are it’s […]

Committed Brexiteer is Conservative choice for Hastings and Rye

Last night Rother councillor Sally-Ann Hart was chosen by the Hastings and Rye Conservative Association to be its candidate in the General Election. Mrs Hart won the support of a significant number of the members present at the selection meeting and promised to campaign hard and “campaign to win”. She said the campaign would be […]

Backing conservation and offering protection for songbirds

The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) met Amber Rudd MP last week and presented her with a birdbox to encourage conservation in her constituency. It’s that latest in a series of cross-party political meetings by the BASC. The organisation’s Political Affairs Manager Jak Abrahams discussed a range of ongoing conservation projects, including an […]

The wooing of the Greens – parties fight for rival’s affections

Who will successfully woo Hastings Green Party members? Or will they eventually decide to go it alone in a General Election?   It’s a great time to be Green in Hastings as politicians from both Labour and the Liberal Democrats attempt to woo Green party support ahead of a General Election. As we reported yesterday […]

Under starters orders – but just who will be running the race?

We might not know the date but one thing we do know is that a General Election is coming – and soon – writes Stuart Baillie. Whatever your political persuasion the election battle and especially in Hastings and Rye, is going to be a fascinating one. Just a matter of weeks ago all we expected was […]

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 […]