Hastings Council Leader’s Report: March 2019

Climate Change At its February Full Council meeting, Hastings Council unanimously agreed a landmark resolution on climate change, declaring a ‘climate emergency’ and committing the council to doing all it can to make Hastings carbon-neutral (in terms of CO2 emissions) by 2030. Here’s the full wording of the motion, which I proposed: “On the 8th […]

Rother District Council Elections 2019: Meet the Candidates

On Saturday 8th December, Rye Branch held selections for their candidates for the upcoming Rother District Council elections in 2019, with the following candidates announced: Rye and Winchelsea Ward: Cheryl Creaser and Jonathan Lee Southern Rother: Elaine Lee and Nick Warren Brede and Udimore: James Cakebread Sedlescombe and Westfield: Beverley Coupar Eastern Rother: Bob Ball […]

Hastings Council Leader’s Report: January 2019 – Budget Special

Budget Special Hastings Council Budget: A Perfect Storm Over the last eight years, we have been faced with continuing year-on-year cuts to our government grants. Revenue Support Grant, the main grant we received from central government, has been cut over that period from around £10m, to nothing at all (it’s been replaced in small part […]

Hastings Council Leader’s Report: December 2018

Commercial Property Purchases Since 2013, local authorities across the country have spent over £3bn on commercial property purchases – £1.8bn has been spent in the last year. The reason for this is straightforward: desperate to replace the government grants that have been cut almost to nothing, which local authorities used to use to run services, […]

Hastings Council Leader’s Report: November 2018

The Chancellor's Budget Hastings saw the earliest roll out of Universal Credit. Residents became guinea pigs for a system that had major flaws built into it and was designed to punish people for being poor rather than offering them support. Despite an additional £1bn for the scheme in the budget, three-quarters of the £12bn in [...]

Castle Ward Report September 2018

Castle Ward Report September 2018 The summer has been really busy in Castle Ward but there is a lot of good points and progress being made right across the ward as follows: Wellington Square Relationships between the street community and the local residents continues to be problematic and is in common with not only areas […]

Hastings Council Leader’s Report: October 2018

September Festivals September is a big month for festivals in Hastings (as are August and October, and most of the other months). The Seafood and Wine Festival, organised by Hastings Council on the Stade Open Space, was the biggest yet, with the music tent separate from the main festival, on the beach nearby. Around 15,000 […]

Hastings Council Leader’s Report: September 2018

Hastings Pride The last Sunday of August saw the third Hastings Pride Festival take place, with a colourful procession from Cornwallis Street to The Oval, where there was a pretty good turnout, despite the weather. This year’s theme was ‘alienation’, so lots of suitably bizarre space-themed outfits – including me as Obi Wan Kenobi (best […]

Hastings Council Leader’s Report: August 2018

Last year, Hastings Council consulted local people on its ‘masterplan’ proposals for White Rock Gardens, and land from the seafront through to Summerfields Woods. Following on from that, we now need to embark on a more formal process to develop an Area Action Plan (AAP) for this area, covering not just White Rock Gardens, but […]

Hastings Council Leader’s Report: July 2018

Street Cleaning Contract At the Cabinet meeting last Monday, it was agreed to bring the street cleaning contract back in-house, creating a street cleaning ‘direct services organisation’ (DSO) and running the street cleaning service directly, rather than through an external contractor.  This will include removing flytips, and bulky waste collections. Many councils were forced to [...]