Rough sleepers aren’t statistics – we meet the real people living on the margins

Homelessness and rough sleeping are big news as politicians use the issues to make political capital. But behind the headlines are real people living on the margins of society. Stuart Baillie recently joined the outreach workers from the Seaview Project on one of their regular rounds of the town, to find out about the real... Continue Reading →

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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 →

Hastings Youth Awards celebrate our local stars

More than 240 people attended a ceremony last weekend to mark the return of the Hastings Youth awards, a celebration of our local young people. There were awards to individuals but recognition went too to what were deemed to be 'outstanding' youth organisations, these included Gizmo Kids, Hastings Woodchips, Hastings and Rother YMCA, Xavier Ralph, Hastings... Continue Reading →

A ‘wheelie’ good idea

Hastings Borough Council’s Active Hastings team are staffing the seaside cycle hire hut this summer with adult bikes, balance bikes, adult electric bikes and a powered trike to hire. They will also be hiring out deck chairs for visitor and residents. Councillor Andy Batsford, Hastigs Borough Council's lead member for leisure and sports development said:... Continue Reading →

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