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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.

Cllr Alan Roberts, right, beside Sheikh Abid Gulzar and his agent Brett Maclean at a charity event in 2015 (source: Alan Roberts' Facebook page).

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.

Car park charges are set to rise under the council's new budget (photo: Russell Jacobs).

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.

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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.

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Hefty bill for HBC following pier appeals

Contesting and settling a claim for loss of business when it closed the pier for safety reasons in 2006 has landed Hastings Borough Council with a bill well in excess of £1 million. Nick Terdre reports.

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