Hastings Borough Council

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Election 2018 Results

LAB HOLD
Party Elected in 2018 Total councillors Change

PartyLabour

Elected in 2018 24 Total councillors 24 ChangeNo results

PartyConservative

Elected in 2018 8 Total councillors 8 ChangeNo results
Councillors change compared with 2016

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Hastings Old Town Hall to be sold

Huw Oxburgh

Local Democracy Reporter

The sale of Hastings' listed Old Town Hall building has been given the go-ahead by councillors.

On Monday Hastings Borough Council’s cabinet agreed proposals to put the Grade II listed building in High Street on to the market.

According to meeting papers, the council-owned building has been vacant since October 2018, with the authority looking at significant costs for both day-to-day maintenance and longer term works.

Council leader Peter Chowney said: “We tried for over a year to lease it and find a tenant for it. It is a difficult building to do anything with really and because it is a listed building you can’t divide it up.

“We haven’t written off the idea of leasing it, if somebody does want to do that then we would still be up for that as well.

According to the council, the building needs costly major works to carry on as a rental property in the long term, including redecorations worth about £30,000 and energy efficiency improvements costing about £16,000.

The council said there have also been several incidences of lead theft from the building’s roof and while there is planning permission to replace it with zinc, the cost to do so is likely to come to about £32,000.

While supportive of the proposals, Conservative group leader Rob Lee warned these features may make it difficult to sell on.

Rare ponies to be moved from country park

Sue Nicholson

BBC News

Exmoor ponies at Hastings Country Park
Hastings Borough Council

Rare ponies that have grazed a nature reserve for six years as part of a grass-cutting conservation scheme are to be moved to a different location.

The Exmoor ponies at Hastings Country Park have transformed Warren Glen from bracken to grassland and heather.

The Sussex Pony Grazing Conservation Trust said it would no longer be able to manage the ponies due to the "uncertain future" of its organisation.

Hastings Borough Council said it hoped to find different ponies for the site.

Colin Fitzgerald, lead councillor for environmental services, said: "We are really sorry the trust is taking the ponies away.

"They have been a great attraction for the public and they have done a fantastic job of recovering threatened and rare coastal habitats."

East Sussex recycling changes due at end of June

Huw Oxburgh

Local Democracy Reporter

Recycling collections in East Sussex are set for changes from 28 June, with East Sussex residents no longer able to put Tetra Pak cartons in with their normal household collections.

At the same time, Hastings, Rother and Wealden residents will no longer be required to separate out glass, and will be able to mix it in with the rest of their recycling waste instead.

People living in Eastbourne and Lewes District will not be affected by the change to glass collections, but will be affected by the changes to Tetra Pak collections.

Housing plan overcomes flooding fears

Huw Oxburgh

Local Democracy Reporter

Council plans to build housing at a high flood risk site in St Leonards have been given the go ahead.

On 6 June Hastings Borough Council’s planning committee approved an outline application to build 16 houses on land behind Bexhill Road – a site classified as being at high risk of sea flooding.

The committee heard how the proposals – which had been put forward by the council itself – included extensive flood defences and that additional work done in light of a previous application for the site being refused last year.

New homes planned for Bexhill Road, St Leonards
Hastings Borough Council

The committee also heard that the new flood defences proposed would improve the current state of the site – increasing the protections for existing properties.

Tthe application was approved with five votes in favour to three against and one abstention, but as an outline application, the final details of the scheme will require further planning permission at a later date.

Planners urged to amend housing development legal agreement

Huw Oxburgh

Local Democracy Reporter

Councillors are being asked to lift a requirement for a developer to pay £5,000 towards highway works in connection with a housing development proposed for former playing fields in Hastings.

The borough council's planning committee will reconsider the legal agreement governing Kember Loudon Williams' outline permission for 140 homes at the site in Harrow Lane.

According to the report to planners, if approved, the developer will be required to provide extra bus stops and a suitable pedestrian crossing point but will no longer have to make the contribution to off-site highway works.

Mayor re-elected in Hastings

Huw Oxburgh

Local Democracy Reporter

The mayor and deputy mayor of Hastings have been re-elected for a second term at the borough council’s annual civic meeting.

Silverhill councillor Nigel Sinden and Old Hastings councillor James Bacon were returned to their positions as mayor and deputy mayor respectively.

Both councillors ran unopposed.

Deputy mayor James Bacon (left) and mayor Nigel Sinden (right)
Hastings Borough Council
Deputy mayor James Bacon (left) and mayor Nigel Sinden (right)

Council appoints climate change post

Huw Oxburgh

Local Democracy Reporter

Hastings Borough Council has created a new cabinet post charged with ensuring the town becomes carbon neutral by 2030.

At the authority’s annual civic meeting on Wednesday council leader Peter Chowney confirmed the appointment of a cabinet member for climate change, biodiversity and sustainable development.

The role was tasked to Maya Evans, a peace and human rights campaigner who was elected as a Labour councillor for Hollington in 2018.

Mr Chowney said: “The biggest challenge facing the council and indeed all of us is climate change.

“I’m hoping Hastings will be taking a lead in demonstrating to other councils what can be achieved."

Plans for former pub amended

Huw Oxburgh

Local Democracy Reporter

Developers have put forward plans to demolish a former pub in Ore following its sale at auction last month.

In an application to Hastings Borough Council, developers are seeking planning permission to demolish the Kings Head Public House in Rye Road and build nine maisonette-style houses in its place.

The Old Kings Head, Ore
BBC

The pub sold in February with an existing planning permission for a block of 12 flats, which developers say they aim to improve upon with the new application, by building nine two-storey terraced houses.

In a design and access statement, a spokesman for the developer said: "There is already consent to redevelop the site in the form of a two-storey apartment building, containing 12 two and three-bedroom flats.

Developers say the new application aims to improve on the approved scheme by providing more parking spaces for the site; individual gardens for each of the houses; and new designs to reduce the building's mass from the approved plans (although its height will not reduce).

As part of the previously approved scheme developers would be required to provide 40 per cent affordable housing - either on-site or through a financial contribution elsewhere.

Hastings Pier log cabins given go-ahead

Huw Oxburgh

Local Democracy Reporter

Hastings Pier
Getty Images

Plans for log cabins on Hastings Pier have been given the go ahead by town planners.

Hastings Borough Council granted temporary planning permission to put up five retail sheds on the pier, each to remain for a period of five years, at a meeting on Wednesday.

Before making a decision, the planning committee heard representations both from the pier’s owner Sheikh Abid Gulzar and objectors.

Speaking about his long term plans for Hastings Pier, Mr Gulzar said: “Having done for four years Eastbourne Pier – which has become one of the most popular – we have invested a lot of money, we have done lots of improvement."

Plans for the cabins
Hastings Borough Council

The committee heard the sheds would only be licensed for a retail use – not for the sale of hot food and drink.

The plans have proven controversial with a number of residents and local groups, with planners receiving more than 87 letters of objection, many raising concerns about the impact on the Grade II-listed building.

Following a short debate the application was approved with eight votes in favour and one vote against.

Town's carbon neutral bid

Huw Oxburgh

Local Democracy Reporter

Borough councillors have committed to making Hastings a carbon neutral town by 2030.

The Labour-led council agreed to take on new measures aimed at reducing and offsetting the town's carbon dioxide emissions.

The measures - including investment in sustainable energy across the town - were put forward in a notice of motion from council leader Peter Chowney, seconded by councillor Maya Evans.

The measures agreed include: changes to the council's procurement policies; installing more electric car charging points; a commitment to lobby and work with other organisations, such as East Sussex County Council; and the appointment of a 'climate change champion' to oversee the council's efforts.

The council plans to continue and expand its programme of sustainable energy generation on its land - aiming to provide as much as 30% of the town's electricity by 2030.

It will also look at changing local planning policies, requiring new buildings to meet the most rigorous possible energy efficiency standards possible.