Council secures vital status for European funding

THE BOROUGH has been awarded special status to help it secure more European funding.

Hastings teamed up with Rother District Council and the county council to successfully apply for Assisted Area status.

Simon Hubbard, director of regeneration at Hastings Borough Council, said: “We have come a long way over the last few years, and this latest good news is yet another example of what we can achieve by working in partnership with others. We developed the bid with the support of the local business community, Rother District Council and East Sussex County Council, our local MP , Seachange Sussex and the south east local enterprise partnership.

“Assisted Area status puts Hastings and Bexhill on the map for getting European and UK regeneration funds. Businesses can potentially benefit from a higher rate of state support than previously, so helping create much-needed jobs locally.

“Colleagues here put a lot of work into presenting a strong case for Hastings and Bexhill, and we were supported by lobbying from local businesses and other organisations. I’m obviously delighted that that work paid off.

“The proposals are subject to ratification by the European Commission. The new Assisted Areas for 2014-2020 is expected to come into force in July.

“We now look forward to working with local businesses so that we can make the most of this extra support.”