Hastings Council Leader’s Report: July 2019

New Waste Arrangements Last weekend, Hastings Council’s current waste and recycling contract ended, and new arrangements began. The previous contract, run by Kier, covered four East Sussex councils (Hastings, Rother, Eastbourne, and Wealden), but had never performed well. In addition, the collapse in value of recycled materials meant the contract was no longer viable, as […]

Hastings Council Leader’s Report: June 2019

Hastings Council Events Reduced government funding has meant Hastings Council, and others, have less to spend on local events and festivals. Despite this, we’ve managed to continue the council’s own events programme. These start with the Mid-Summer Fish Festival on 22nd – 23rd June, on the Stade Open Space. As well as the stalls offering […]

Hastings Council Leader’s Report: May 2019

Local Elections Although there were no elections in Hastings this year, there were in neighbouring Rother Council, where all council seats were up for election. The results were: Conservative 14 Independent 13 Liberal Democrat 7 Labour 3 Green 1 So the council is no longer Conservative controlled. Latest news is that a coalition of non-Conservative […]

Hastings Council Leader’s Report: April 2019

New Business Incubator Units: Update Last month, I reported on a Local Growth Fund grant application we’d submitted to the South East Local Enterprise Partnership, towards the costs of building a new business incubator facility in Sidney Little Road, providing 28 business start-up units and creating over 70 new jobs. The grant application has been […]

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 [...]