HASTINGS BOROUGH COUNCIL
& ST. LEONARDS OBSERVER 22 MARCH 2019 - Hastings council leader expresses frustration with pier reopening delay
HASTINGS BOROUGH COUNCIL
In common with all shire counties, the whole of East Sussex County Council is elected every four years. The first election to the reconstituted council took place in 1973, to prepare for the handover of services in April 1974. The 1997 election was the first at which no representatives from Brighton and Hove were elected, as a result of that area acquiring a unitary council. The Conservative Party has always held the largest number of seats on the council, though among the existing divisions of the council (excluding wards from Brighton & Hove), in 1993 the Liberal Democrats won 23 of the 44 seats, which would on current boundaries have given them overall control. Since the removal of Brighton and Hove, the Labour Party influence has been reduced although the party retains the majority of seats in Hastings.
East Sussex has five District and Borough Councils, each with a border on the coast. From west to east they are:
There is also East Sussex County Council as the provider of services to the 5 East Sussex districts.
As near neighbours and with councils now sharing facilities and working together, these area of Sussex are included in our remit and an area where climate change and affordable housing are issues that need urgent attention. Where the coastline is a feature in every Council, Blue Growth is a food security issue, especially where this side of of our local economy is under-exploited.
St Anne's Crescent
CLOSED FOR REPAIRS - But no sign of any repair works going on, adding to the fishy smell from the fishing boats to the east. Hmmmm. No wonder the locals are getting fed up with the delays to re-opening. Come on Mr Gulzar, we know that you have £76,000 to pay to HMRC, but that is small fry compared to the £120,000 fines and costs you paid to Natural England. We are sure that you have assets that could be liquidated to settle any backlog of payments, to then put your back into making Hastings and Eastbourne pier lovers proud.
THE LEADER 2018 - Councillor
GLOBAL WARMING - The Sun provides us with an infinite supply of energy upon which all life on earth depends. Our blue planet has experienced many climate changes in its history, including the ice age when amazing creatures such a the Dinosaurs and Mammoths suffered extinction. Man is artificially warming the planet by burning fossil fuels in some kind of economic arms race that cannot be sustained and must be brought under control if we are not to extinguish the lives of many more species such as the Polar Bears in the Arctic.
COASTAL TOURISM - Hastings has a lot going for it, a pier, this fabulous fleet of fishing boats and the historic net sheds, two museums, smugglers caves and cliff escalators, St Mary in the Castle and the White Rock Theatre. More features by number than Eastbourne.