‘Improving lives’ investment in St Leonards has borne fruit says HBC

Leading Labour councillor Andy Batsford says the town’s borough council is a “bold interventionist council determined to improve the lives of our residents.” He was talking after Hastings Borough Council (HBC) carried out a review os a 16 year programme of renewal work in central St Leonards. The £32 million public/private investment has been focussed on […]

Amateur artists prepare for their moment in the spotlight

When artist Marcia Buckley throws open the doors of her home for the next two weekends as part of Coastal Currents she’ll be showcasing not just her own work but the work of a dozen of her students – and she’ll be brimming with pride at what she and all of her students have achieved. […]

Ore Valley Campus is a ‘model of excellence’

Solar panels on the roof of the Ore Valley Campus of East Sussex College will save over £5,000 a year on energy costs. Hastings MP Amber Rudd is encouraging more schools and businesses to copy the example set by Ore Valley which at one stage this month was generating 76 per cent of its energy […]

Council agrees wide ranging changes to clamp down on anti-social behaviour

Tighter regulations to clamp down on anti-social behaviour in and around the town come in to force this week. Hastings Borough Council (HBC) is changing its current anti-social behaviour public space protection order (PSPO) as a result of feedback organisations, businesses and councillors across the town. The changes to the antisocial behaviour PSPO were agreed […]

Antiques expert Andy keeps audience enthralled with tales from his travels

Sussex Wildlife Trust raised £1,200 for the Rye Harbour Discovery Centre Appeal from a hilarious and anecdote-packed ‘Evening with Andy McConnell’ held at the Masonic Hall in St Leonards on Friday. More than 100 people came to listen to Andy regale them with fascinating stories of his life, including many years with Antiques Roadshow. The […]

Scene around – it’s a beautiful place where we live

Hastings and St Leonards was buzzing today. There was a huge focus around Warrior Square where the St Leonards festival had it’s base and the promenade opposite the square and stretching along towards the pier was full of colourful characters, dancers and performers. Proving that special events aren’t needed to make our town a fun […]

Open topped bus set to be a big draw for tourists this summer

Seeing the sites of Hastings and St Leonards just got easier thanks to a new open top bus service launched by Stagecoach earlier this month. The open top bus will start and finish at Combe Haven Holiday Park and run between Harley Shute and Hastings Old Town. The journey will take in venues including the […]

Developing a sustainable approach to improving health in our town

Health bosses in East Sussex highlighted challenges and showcased successes when they welcomed a leading government adviser to Hastings. Professor Chris Whitty, the Chief Scientific Adviser to the Department of Health and Social Care and National Institute for Health Research lead, visited the borough as part of a countrywide tour of local authorities to hear […]

Residents urged – burn ‘clean’ and improve air quality

“…people enjoy having an open fire in their home, but… it does come at a cost.”   Residents who burn wood or other solid fuels to heat their homes will be encouraged to cut down their use or switch to less polluting alternatives under a project running across Sussex. One in ten households in the […]