Hastings Borough Council given a Euro cash boost

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ALMOST £500,000 of European cash is winging its way to Hastings to help fund an eco-friendly project.

Hastings Borough Council (HBC) revealed last week that it had secured a £470,000 grant from the continent, which will now be spent on a pair of schemes here in 1066 Country designed at boosting trade as well as lowering the town’s carbon footprint.

The first project will be a complete of some industrial units owned by HBC, while the rest of the cash will be used to develop a new unit on the Enviro-21 green business park on Queensway.

As part of the deal, staff from HBC will also being working with an existing project in Dunkirk which recycles industrial waste for use as a raw material for other industries.

And there will also be a tie-up with new business parks in Ostend and Ghent in Belgium which are powered by renewable electricity in the hope that similar eco-friendly work can be started here in Sussex.

The funding comes from the Interreg 2 Seas Programme, which funds ventures between the Channel and North Sea coastal areas of southern England, northern France, Belgium and Netherlands.

Councillor Jeremy Birch, leader of the local authority, said: “This is great news, for both the environment and the local economy.

“This funding means that we can launch two pilot projects, both of which will help to reduce our carbon footprint, while creating new and better quality premises for local businesses.”