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 [...]