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Cllr Peter Chowney

The Borough Leader with Cllr Peter Chowney

Discover a rich treasure trove at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery

Hastings Museum and Art Gallery (HMAG) has been open to the public for around 120 years. It has a collection of 97,000 objects, and attracts around 45,000 visitors a year. It’s a popular wedding venue, using the Durbah Hall, relocated from the Colonial and Indian Exhibition held in London in 1886. It houses significant collections of ceramics, local history exhibits, exhibitions on prominent Hastings people including John Logie Baird, Robert Tressell and Grey Owl, a substantial art collection and of course, dinosaurs. It’s owned and managed directly by Hastings Council, with the help of an advisory Museum Committee. There’s also a continuing programme of temporary exhibitions.

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The Borough Leader with Cllr Peter Chowney

Despite funding cuts and increasing costs we still plan to be positive for Hastings

Last week, The Observer published an article explaining the budget crisis that Hastings Council is facing. Coupled with huge cuts to government grants, we’ve had big additional costs, including the new waste contract and escalating homelessness, leaving us with a gap in a £15m budget of over £3m. There’s not much cheer in that. But this week, I want to concentrate on the positives – what the council can and will still be doing.

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The Borough Leader with Cllr Peter Chowney

Hastings needs to take every opportunity to find green energy

There has been considerable interest recently in Hastings Council’s proposals for solar energy generation, especially in the Country Park. No decision has been made on that yet – assessments on the ecological and environmental impact will be needed before public consultation takes place and plans are submitted, if it gets to that stage.

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The Borough Leader with Cllr Peter Chowney

The thinking behind Hastings council buying property to let out

Since 2013, local authorities across the country have spent over £3bn on commercial property purchases – £1.8bn has been spent in the last year. The reason for this is straightforward: desperate to replace the government grants that have been cut almost to nothing, which local authorities used to use to run services, they’ve borrowed money to buy commercial properties in an attempt to keep basic services running.

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Steps Hasting Council takes to help curb climate change

A recent report by the United Nations International Panel on Climate Change said that we have 12 years to stop climate change. If we don’t, we risk creating conditions on earth that will no longer support human life. We’re not destroying the planet, nor even life on earth, that will go on for another billion years, whether humans are still here or not. What we’re destroying is the environmental conditions that sustain us.

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