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Hastings Democratic Alliance

Could the Hastings Democratic Alliance be revived?

In 2005 the Hastings Democratic Alliance (HDA) was formed, aiming to promote participation and involvement in the democratic process, and to maintain a watching brief on the activities of public and private bodies. HOT’s Chandra Masoliver interviews former local councillor, Sue Palmer, and artist and activist, Colin Booth, both founder members of the HDA. They discuss the background of HDA, the achievements of the alliance and the prospect of its revival.

County Hall in Lewes.

Tories take three Hastings seats off Labour

Hastings Conservatives did well in yesterday’s county council elections, taking three Hastings seats off Labour – both parties now hold four each in the town. Neither the LibDems nor the Greens threatened to win a seat. Nick Terdre reports.

The memorial to Jeremy Birch across the steps to the promenade in Warrior Square (photo: Tracy Hobden/HBC).

Sea-front memorial to Jeremy Birch completed

A community arts project has been completed in Warrior Square in St Leonards in memory of Jeremy Birch, council leader in 2001-08 and 2010-15 until his untimely death in May 2015. HBC media office reports.

Aquila House - HBC headquarters from which the complaints policy is administered (photo: Bernard McGinley).

Council’s ‘refreshed’complaints policy raises concerns over fair treatment of critics

Hastings Borough Council has expanded its powers for dealing with complainants who are judged to be excessively persistent or vexatious. While powers for dealing with excessive complaints are necessary, there are concerns that the council may also use its powers against those lodging well-grounded but inconvenient or embarrassing complaints. Nick Terdre reports.

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.

Community energy group members from Hastings, Rye, Eastbourne and Lewes who will be there to help at the Hastings Big Happy Energy Day

Don’t miss Hastings Big Happy Energy Day!

Energise Sussex Coast is helping people to cut their energy bills and save up to £200 in the process – and for the Big Happy Energy Day at Sussex Coast College on Wednesday 17 February, residents of Hastings are invited to bring their energy and water bills for checking, get tips on how to make their homes cosier and get help with grants to stay warmer, healthier and safer. The event will be dedicated to the memory of Jeremy Birch, leader of Hastings Borough Council until his untimely death in 2015. Richard Watson writes.

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Greens field full slate in by-elections

Buoyed by their performance in the general election, Hastings and Rye Green Party have decided to contest the by-elections for the three seats which have recently become vacant on the local and country councils, as they explain in this statement. Nick Terdre reports.

Jeremy Birch leading a protest against the bedroom tax outside the town hall in March.

Jeremy Birch memorial event this Saturday

An event to honour the memory of the late council leader Jeremy Birch will be held this Saturday evening, 20 June, in Warrior Square Gardens, Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 12:40 Thursday, Jun 18, 2015 In: Home Ground Tags: , , , ,
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