A future fair for all in Hastings

We will fight for a Hastings that is safer, cleaner, greener, prosperous, active, accessible, better educated, creative, healthy, attractive and fairer.

Once you’ve read our plan, please tell us what you think.

A safer Hastings clamping down on crime and anti-social behaviour:

Involve the public in making the town safer, listening to their views and making use of their local knowledge

Bring council staff responsible for tackling graffiti, dog fouling, noise, etc together with neighbourhood police teams to meet the public at street meetings and neighbourhood panels

Encourage residents to bring forward their concerns about pubs and clubs and how they are run

Clampdown on binge-drinking – ensure licensed premises abide by the terms of their licences on noise, nuisance, drinking outside

Make full use of the government’s new regulations giving councillors the right to object to applications for licences and to instigate reviews into existing ones where it appears that licensing conditions are being flouted

Clampdown on cheap drinks promotions

Enforce the street-drinking ban

Work closely with voluntary and health organisations to provide a service for people suffering from drink and drug problems.

A cleaner Hastings with on the spot fines for litter, fly-tipping and dog-fouling:

Introduce ‘contracts’ between the council and local communities, pledging to keep their area up to an agreed level of cleanliness and enabling local residents to set off an investigation into the cleanliness and safety of their part of town. This will involve the Council, the police and other public bodies and local residents’ groups signing community contracts pledging quality services in a locality

Start a conversation with local people in areas of the town without twin bins about options for better refuse collection- not a one-option/take it or leave it consultation

Support the street wardens that the Tories tried to get rid of and get tough on fly-tippers and on dog-owners who don’t clear up after their animals.

A greener Hastings with local targets for cutting greenhouse gases:

Cut CO2 emissions in Hastings by 10% in the next 12 months. Labour successfully committed the Council to include tackling climate change as a priority. The Tories voted against

Ensure new developments are built to the highest environmental standards and enforce environmental requirements of building regulations

Compel all new developments to make proper provision for protecting green space as well as for adequate play space for children

Identify sites in Hastings for wind turbines

Provide financial assistance for environmental improvements to existing properties

Develop plans for increasing recycling, including collecting food waste and glass.

A prosperous Hastings using the Labour government's investment to regenerate and create jobs for local people:

Ensure the best possible use is made of the £12million additional government money given to Hastings through Area Based Grants to create new jobs, encourage businesses to take up the new business space created and give skills and self-confidence to those out of work. The Tories gave away £¼ million of that money to Bexhill

Continue with the Future Jobs Fund activity where the government is providing a subsidy for 175 jobs for local unemployed young people for six months

Continue to support making Hastings a centre for green industries with the new enviro-business park on Queensway, and make environmental improvements to the council’s own factory units.

An active Hastings with more sport and leisure facilities especially for young people:

Work with Hastings United to help them obtain the improved stadium they need

Welcome the Ore Valley adventure playground funded by the Labour government to the tune of £900,000

Work with young people and Hastings Trust to make a real success of the youth hub to be located in St Mary in th
e Castle thanks to £4.2 million from the Labour government. Work to ensure that the wider community enjoys access to the building, especially the traditional users

Seek statutory status for the borough’s allotments to prevent them from being built on. A Labour council will work with the allotment-holders to encourage full take up of the sites

Support and promote Active Hastings and review the council’s sports strategy

Work to dramatically improve or replace the town’s existing leisure facilities including the swimming pool, look to create a local legacy from the 2012 Olympics.

An accessible Hastings with better public transport and roads to get around:

Press for a 20mph zone without speed humps in the Old Town as a pilot for other residential roads in the borough

Introduce further cycle lanes around the town, including the extension of the promenade cycle lane into the Old Town

Fight any attempt by the Tories to take away free bus travel for the over-60s, maintain the start time for free travel at 9.00 not the 9.30 the Tories wanted

Campaign for improved rail services to London. Campaign to maintain the direct Cannon Street service or for the new Thameslink service to come down to Hastings providing connections to Blackfriars and other London stations

Press for the Hastings-Ashford service to be timed to link with Eurostar connections and with the fast service to St Pancras, and continue to campaign for electrification of the line to Ashford and the reinstatement of the lost services between Ashford and Paris, Lille and Brussels

Work with the rail operator and Network Rail to improve Ore Station as part of the redevelopment of Ore Valley with the college buildings and new housing planned

Keep up the pressure for the Link Road and the Baldslow Link connecting Queensway to the A21 and keep up the pressure for the promised improvements on the A21, especially the dualling of the Tonbridge-Pembury section

Fight any move by the County Council to remove the Borough Council’s influence over parking and highways services by centralising all decisions in Lewes

Prepare for winter weather disruption and arrange for local stocks of salt to keep footways as well as roads safe.

A better educated Hastings making the most of its university and new college:

Welcome the £90 million of government money for new Sussex Coast College Hastings at Station Plaza and Parker Road

Support the extension of University Centre Hastings and the development of further halls of residence

Continue to work with other local organisations to ensure our schools meet the needs of all our children and the requirements of the local economy, press the County Council to provide additional funding for our schools in recognition of the challenging position in Hastings.

Campaign to retain our Sure Start Children’s Centres serving our pre-school children.

A creative Hastings encouraging culture and the arts for all:

Maximise the cultural and economic potential from the Jerwood Gallery

Provide finance for local artistic and community events on the Stade open space

Take cultural activity out into the local communities around the borough

Continue support for the Coastal Currents Arts Festival

Maintain the Council’s arts development post that the Tories tried to scrap

Continue to support the different festivals in the town that can attract visitors and bring different sections of the borough’s population together, like the St Leonards Festival, the Old Town events etc.

A healthy Hastings with top class care in GP surgeries and at the Conquest:

Welcome the new health centre with walk-in facility freely available to all in the heart of the town centre on the Station Plaza, built with £14million from the Labour Government

Work with the Primary Care Trust to realise their ambition for two further health centres – one in East Hastings and one in Upper St Leonards

Press the health authorities to recognise the extra needs of Hastings and to allocate additional resources to the town.

An attractive Hastings tackling derelict properties and preserving the best of its historic architecture:

Compulsorily purchase the Pier and pass it on to Hastings Pier & White Rock Trust, who are campaigning to raise the money to repair and refurbish the structure

Restore the seafront – new decorative lighting, cleaning up and improving Bottle Alley, making worthwhile use of the White Rock baths and surrounding area

Preserve the best of Hastings architectural heritage

Maintain the ‘grotbuster’ squad that the Tories cut back

Establish a planning consultative forum bringing together developers, councillors and the community to talk about significant developments before a formal planning application is put in

Introduce an additional tough licensing scheme for privately rented accommodation to protect tenants form bad landlords

Take tougher measures including compulsory purchase to bring empty homes back into use.

A fairer Hastings improving the position of the poorest households and communities:

Work to narrow the gap in incomes and quality of life between our town and the rest of the county and the rest of the South East. But equally we will work to narrow the gap between the most deprived parts of Hastings and the rest of the town. The Tories scrapped ‘narrowing the gap’ as a council priority

Develop an anti-poverty strategy for the town

Work to make Hastings a more harmonious town, involve every part of the community in the life of the town using the Connecting Communities money provided by the government to improve community involvement in Hollington and Ore Valley

Make a commitment that the council will aim to have at least the same proportion of people from a black and minority ethnic background within its workforce as there are in the town at large; the Tories deleted the council’s Equality and Diversity officer post

Require the council to lead the adoption by all public agencies working in the town (police, health, education, Job Centre etc) of an Equalities Charter jointly committing themselves to provide services that meet the differing needs of all communities in the town – disabled people, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, the black and minority ethnic community and others

Establish a zero tolerance of hate crime against anyone due to their disability, sexual orientation, race etc

Work with disability groups to press shops, hotels, restaurants, pubs etc throughout the town to make their premises fully accessible

Involve local people in debating alternative options for future policies, work to rebuild public trust and confidence in politics

Continue support for the town’s four area management boards, the Young Persons Council, the Seniors Forum, the Hastings Intercultural Organisation, Disabilty Forum, the Rainbow Alliance and other important organisations speaking up for the community

Introduce a new culture of openness to the Town Hall – to ensure proper accountability for the way residents’ money is spent; Hastings Borough Council will publish online details of all expenditure over £500 (like Windsor & Maidenhead Council) and will publish the salaries and fringe benefits of top council officers, as well as the register of members’ interests

Look to sell council services to the wider world – making income for the council tax-payer and keeping services in the public sector.

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