THE director of regeneration at Hastings Borough Council, has been named as a ‘local authority hero’ by Locality, the leading nationwide network for community-led organisations.
Simon Hubbard was nominated by community organisations and Locality members in Hastings as a member of council staff who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to support community organisations in their local area.
Receiving his Local Authority Hero award at a ceremony in central London on June 30, he was nominated by Locality member White Rock Trust for his part in saving Hastings Pier, and for the trust and strong relationships he has built up with the local community sector.
Jess Steele of the White Rock Trust, a community organisation working to improve the White Rock area, said: “Simon was enormously helpful in the battle to save Hastings Pier. Once we persuaded him (and eventually the whole council) of the potential, they became an ‘active partner’. Simon steered us through rocky waters to achieve the Compulsory Purchase Order and convinced both local authorities to strengthen our Heritage Lottery Fund application by underwriting the funding gap.”