Labour has launched its manifesto for the Hastings Borough Council elections in May, revealing its plans for improving the town over the next two years.
Labour has been in control of Hastings Borough Council since 2010, in which time it has:
- Invested in and compulsorily purchased Hastings Pier and fully supported the work of the Pier Charity ahead of its re-opening in May as well as restoring the White Rock Baths so The Source could fit it out as a skateboard and BMX arena.
- Grotbusted 650 properties across the town, cleaning up dilapidated buildings with many more to come.
Saved Speckled Wood from development and created a significant new area for protected open space.
Created the ‘Own Grown’ scheme which has provided training, apprenticeships and work experience to over 2,000 local people.
- Spearheaded the promotion of our town with its ‘Famously Hastings’ campaign, attracting major national press attention and seeing tourist numbers rise.
The 18 page manifesto contains details of how we plan to improve and enhance tourist attractions, parks and the street scene, provide better housing and improve safety throughout the town. It also pledges to work with partners to establish a true University of Hastings.
- Continue the restoration of the seafront, with further improvements to the area around the pier, completing the refurbishment of Bottle Alley, and developing a scheme to regenerate White Rock gardens for leisure and entertainment uses;
- Stage the ROOT1066 creative arts festival during 2016, the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings and use it to promote Hastings as a world-class cultural destination;
- Develop a strategy to address long-standing unemployment and income deprivation, principally in the Hollington, Broomgrove, Farley Bank, Halton and Downs Farm estates.
Amid unprecedented cuts to its grant from central Government, local Labour leader and leader of the council Cllr Peter Chowney says there will be a clear choice at the polling booth. He said,
“This election is about how we want our town to be over the next few years. Your vote will be a choice to protect our town or damage it. To resist heartless cuts or gladly implement them. To invest in making Hastings better or to do nothing.
“The last Tory administration in Hastings was marked by indecisiveness and a lack of commitment to our town. They failed to take action over the compulsory purchase of the pier and they wanted to cut the Grotbusting scheme. We cannot trust them.
“Only Labour has a comprehensive plan to fight for our local public services, our local businesses, our local voluntary groups, and our local communities. Labour is fighting for Hastings”.