‘Knackered’ after just one night – what must it be like when you’re forced to spend every night on the streets?

I woke up around 3.30am last Saturday feeling the cold wind and light rain on my head – I was momentarily confused and wondering what the hell was going on writes Andy Batsford. Then I remembered I was sleeping in a cardboard box on Hastings seafront – as you do in September! I was taking... Continue Reading →

Council’s cash boost to help the homeless

Hastings Borough Council (HBC) has led a successful bid to the government for money to help reduce homelessness across East Sussex. It applied for a grant from the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government’s Accessing the Private Rented Sector initiative on behalf of Eastbourne, Lewes, Rother and Wealden Councils. The project will work with... Continue Reading →

Pilot scheme hopes to raise fuel efficiency in rented homes

Improving the fuel efficiency of private rented housing can help alleviate fuel poverty and lead to a cleaner environment. That's the message from Hastings Borough Councillor Andy Batsford, Lead Councillor for Housing as HBC plans to host an event called Better Homes for Hastings that will bring together private landlords, housing associations, tenants and businesses, including TrustMark... Continue Reading →

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