Doorstep glass recycling part of council leader’s agenda for coming year

DOORSTEP recycling of glass, improving derelict buildings and tackling street drinkers were due to be outlined as priorities for the council last night.

Council leader Jeremy Birch was expected to discuss his agenda for the coming year at the annual council meeting at the town hall.

Members also decide who will sit on which committees for the year and approve the dates for future full council meetings. The first is expected to be a special meeting on Wednesday June 5.

Cllr Birch was expected to make the following speech: “Over the next year Hastings Borough Council will continue to be an interventionist council, getting stuck in to improve the town and its residents’ prospects,

“We will compulsorily purchase the pier to allow work to start to restore this key seafront structure. We will get 50 or more scruffy or derelict

buildings improved by our Grotbuster squad.

“We will continue our programme of bringing long-term empty homes back into use, including by the threat of compulsory purchase.

“Number four, Southwater Road has just been compulsorily purchased and two more properties will be similarly dealt with very soon.

“The council will licence another 250 houses in multiple occupation in the next year to improve conditions for private tenants.

“And in Central St Leonards, the Coastal Space scheme will see a number of privately rented properties purchased and taken on

by Amicus Horizon housing association.

“Our new street cleaning and waste collection contract starts this Summer and it will offer improvements to keeping the town clean but will also introduce doorstep recycling of glass and of a wider range of plastics. Seagull-proof bags will be distributed widely in those parts of town without wheelie bins.

“We are looking at authorising our street wardens to have the same powers as the police to compel those drinking in public places to pour their alcohol away. We will also be lobbying government to give us powers to restrict the uncontrolled spread of betting shops on our high streets.

“We plan to step up the pressure for more 20mph speed limits in the borough on residential streets where there is the support from local residents.”