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Peter Chowney, second from left, at the launch of a new edition of the Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (photo: HBC).

Peter Chowney responds to council critics

Rocklands, the Country Park, Sea Change projects – Hastings Borough Council’s handling of such planning and development issues spawn regular critical contributions to HOT’s columns and high levels of readership. We invited council leader, Peter Chowney to respond to some of the criticism, which he did in a recent interview with Nick Terdre.

Hastings town hall. Michael Madden thinks today's local council reminds him of Mugsborough times, 100 years plus ago.

Why Hastings is still Mugsborough

Michael Madden is a stalwart supporter of the Labour Party, but not of the ruling Labour group on Hastings Borough Council. In fact he was recently expelled from the local Labour Party. Here he details his serious falling-out with his former party colleagues over the council’s attitude towards planning, and in particular its actions in the Country Park, and compares HBC with the council described in Robert Tressell’s fictional town of Mugsborough, a thinly disguised portrait of Hastings in the Edwardian era.

How the money's spent. Photo ZR

Public consultation on 2016-17 budget

Hastings Borough Council has started consulting on its 2016-17 budget and is asking for responses to its proposals by Friday 12 February. Since 2010, the government grant for the local council has been cut by 54%, according to an HBC press release. You’re invited to comment on how the money we do receive for this area is distributed. 

Hiroshima skyline Photo CND website

Trident or no Trident?

Do we need to buy new nuclear weaponry to ensure the UK is defended? Are our existing weapons enough of a deterrent? Could the money be better spent in other ways? If we’re in debt, as a country, is buying more nuclear bombs a priority? How much will our alliance with the USA influence our government’s decision? And whatever your answers, will your voice be heard when time comes for the decision to be made? HOT’s Zelly Restorick reports.

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Claiming the space

Hot’s Sean O’Shea interviews Clare Walton, Political Organiser, Red Pepper Magazine regarding their recent interactive evening (Sunday 27th September 2015) held at the BMECP Centre (Black and Minority Ethnic Community Partnership) Brighton.

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Jez we can

Hot’s Sean O’Shea reports on the aftermath of the Labour Leadership Election, some of the challenges facing newly elected Labour Party Leader, Jeremy Corbyn and the East Hastings Labour Party’s victory celebration.

Andy Burnham

Andy Burnham: helping everyone get on in life

Labour Party Leadership Election 2015: On behalf of Hastings Online Times, Sean O’Shea asked all four of the Labour Party leadership candidates for their views on the role of the Labour Party in the twenty first century, the disillusionment with politics, the democratic deficit and the EU. He also enquired about their vision of the good society and what they would do to help people with their everyday struggles and problems.

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