Hastings Council Leader’s Report: September 2019

Hastings Council Budget Last week, the Chancellor announced the public spending review in his Autumn Statement, detailing increased public spending across most departments, including local government. The headline additional funding for local government was a £2.7bn increase, but a lot of this was either schemes already announced or additional funding resulting from increased levels of […]

Hastings Council Leader’s Report: August 2019

Regeneration in Hastings: A Short History As August is a quiet month (no Cabinet meeting, not much to report), I thought it would be useful to look at the history, and future, of regeneration in Hastings: what happened, what worked, what didn’t, what the prospects are for the future. So here’s a ‘summer special regeneration […]

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 […]

Canvassers hit the streets in Rye

Turning Rother red! Labour Party canvassers in Rye on Saturday… last knockings in a spirited and well received local election campaign, reports Rick Dillon. Voting this coming Thursday (May 2). Results Friday. Contact rate massively up thanks to help from party members in Hastings and St Leonards. This is just a few of us on […]

Britain’s suffering seaside towns need urgent help, says Lords report

Hastings may appear to be ‘on the up’ – but on housing, jobs and transport links, it is being left behind   Disadvantaged seaside towns like Hastings face massive problems, requiring urgent government action, according to a hard-hitting House of Lords report* out this month (April 4). Peter Chowney, Labour parliamentary candidate for Hastings & […]