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HBC rebuts Lee’s claims over failure of full council to meet

The Labour leadership of Hastings Borough Council has rebutted criticisms from Cllr Rob Lee, leader of the Conservative group, of its failure to hold a meeting of the full council since March. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 13:55 Friday, Sep 11, 2020 In: Local Government Tags: Doug Oliver full council Hastings Borough Council Kim Forward Nick Terdre Rob Lee Rother

Analysing the government’s proposed planning reforms

Two stalwarts of Hastings Urban Design Group, Ken Davis and Chris Lewcock, offer their thoughts on the government’s proposed reform of the planning system, both writing in a personal capacity.

Posted 21:21 Friday, Aug 28, 2020 In: Local Government Tags: Chris Lewcock Ken Davis planning

Is Boris Johnson planning for his mates?

That’s the question posed by Hastings & Rye Liberal Democrats in response to news that the Conservative government is holding a consultation prior to putting new legislation through the House of Commons in respect of town-planning.

Posted 18:41 Tuesday, Aug 25, 2020 In: Local Government Tags: Liberal Democrats Local Plan Nick Perry Tim Farron

Government proposes radical reform of planning system

The government has launched a consultation on its proposals for the radical reform of the planning system in England. HOT has asked for the views of a wide range of parties – MP Sally-Ann Hart and Conservative councillors, Hastings Borough Council, the local Liberal Democrat and Green parties, a local developer, Gemselect, and Hastings Urban Design Group. This is a root-and-branch reform, backed by an 84-page white paper, so before we publish their responses, here is a summary of what is proposed. Nick Terdre reports, photos by Russell Jacobs.

Posted 18:13 Friday, Aug 21, 2020 In: Local Government

Tackling Hastings’ problems of housing and homelessness

The arrival of Covid-19 has worsened the chronic problems of homelessness and rough sleeping which already afflicted Hastings. HOT’s Nick Terdre talked to Cllr Andy Batsford, Hastings Borough Council’s lead for housing and homelessness, about how the situation has been tackled since the virus turned our lives upside down, and the worrying prospects now looming up.

Posted 10:18 Wednesday, Aug 19, 2020 In: Local Government

Tories purged from Cabinet at behest of council leader

HBC council leader Kim Forward has made her mark by removing Tory representation on the Cabinet, in an unexpected move that has drawn criticism not just from the Tories but from Liberal Democrats and elsewhere. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 11:54 Wednesday, Jun 10, 2020 In: Local Government Tags: Andy Batsford Andy Patmore cabinet HBC Kim Forward Rob Lee Robert Cooke

Virtual council meetings start this week!

Council meetings are about to resume, but on a virtual basis while live public gatherings remain forbidden. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 12:28 Monday, May 25, 2020 In: Local Government Tags: HBC Jane Hartnell Judy Rogers Kim Forward meetings Nick Terdre

Despite government grants, HBC is still under the cosh

The government this week announced a second tranche of funding worth £1.6 billion to help councils cope with the extra costs caused by the coronavirus. Hastings Borough Council says the allocation is well below what it really needs. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 16:59 Friday, May 1, 2020 In: Local Government Tags: business rates coronavirus HBC Kim Forward Nick Terdre Peter Chowney
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