Peter Chowney Selected as Hastings & Rye Labour’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate

Hastings & Rye Constituency Labour Party is proud to announce the result of its parliamentary candidate selection meeting. Our members have selected Peter Chowney to be our candidate in the next general election. As the leader of Hastings Borough Council, Peter knows the problems we face and the opportunities we must grab to ensure we […]

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 [...]

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 […]

Good news for the Walk-in Centre

Location, location, location – lead petitioner Erica Smith is pleased to report that the Labour Party campaign about the Walk-in Centre appears to have been heard by the CCG officers who have been pushing to replace the popular town centre resource with an Urgent Treatment Centre at the Conquest Hospital. To begin with… if you […]

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 [...]

Tressell ward report May 2018

To comment on any of the items below or obtain further information, please contact Cllrs Tania Charman and Peter Chowney. Borough Council election Hastings Borough Council elections took place on 3rd May, with Labour gaining two seats: one from Conservative (St Helen’s), one from Independent (Castle) and losing one to Conservative (West St Leonards). So […]