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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 Robert Jenrick

Council’s carbon reduction pledge put to vote

East Sussex County Council reports that councillors are being asked to declare a ‘climate emergency’ and back a pledge to achieve carbon neutral status by 2050 at the latest. Council members are recommended to back a cross-party motion committing it to formulating an action plan to meet the target by reducing emissions from the council’s operations.

Posted 09:55 Tuesday, Oct 8, 2019 In: Local Government

ICO upholds complaint over HBC handling of FoI requests

The Information Commissioner’s Office has upheld a complaint concerning the time taken by Hastings Borough Council to respond to Freedom of Information requests and directed it to review its procedures. Data supplied by the council shows a worsening trend in response times. Nick Terdre reports.

Chair should have declared conflict of interest, says critic

The application for installing five kiosks on the pier was passed by HBC’s planning committee at its March meeting, but in the view of local resident Chris Hurrell the committee chair, Cllr Alan Roberts, should have declared a conflict of interest and left the room. In Mr Hurrell’s view, the chair was also remiss in allowing the pier owner to ramble on about irrelevant matters when answering questions from committee members. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 13:09 Friday, Apr 5, 2019 In: Local Government Tags: Alan Roberts Chris Hurrell code of conduct Gulzar Margi O'Callaghan Matthew Beaver planning committee planning protocol Standards Committee Trevor Webb

HBC draws on £1.8m reserves to achieve balanced budget

It’s a tough task again at budget time for Hastings Borough Council to balance the books as government policy increasingly forces it to find its own income. For the second year running there will be a deficit of income against expenditure which will have to be covered from the reserves. Both the budget and the corporate plan for 2019/20 are available on the council’s website and residents are invited to comment on both. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 19:49 Friday, Jan 18, 2019 In: Local Government Tags: budget corporate plan council tax Hastings Borough Council Herring Fair homeless income generation Nick Terdre Peter Chowney rates solar farms Universal Credit

HBC’s Bexhill Road development moves forward

Hastings Borough Council has taken a further step in its plans to build a supermarket on the former Peugeot site in Bexhill Road, which it has now purchased. However, questions have been asked about the scheme, which already has planning permission. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 11:30 Monday, Nov 5, 2018 In: Local Government Tags: Aldi Bexhill Road Nick Terdre Peter Chowney Peugeot Public Works Loan Board Rob Lee Rother District Council Tarncourt
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