Mayor back for a second term


Councillor Bruce Dowling has been unanimously elected as mayor of Hastings for a second term, with Councillor Judy Rogers returning as deputy mayor.

Around 50 councillors and officers from Hastings Borough Council and one hundred guests and members of the public attended the annual council meeting at St Mary in the Castle last week.

The meeting started with one minute’s silence in memory of Jeremy Birch, who was leader of the council until is sad death on May 6.

Tributes were paid to Jeremy from members of both political groups throughout the meeting.

Cllr Peter Chowney was unanimously elected leader of the council, and he announced that Cllr Kim Forward would be deputy leader.

Cllr Chowney then advised the meeting that the new cabinet would consist of eight members, two of which would be offered to the Conservative group.