Money up for grabs for the town’s youth

THE town’s youth council has been given more than £50,000 to help it fund youth projects.

The cash, which came from Hastings Borough Council, is available over the next three years.

Anyone aged between 11 and 19 and living in Hastings and St Leonards can apply for up to £1,000 to help pay for a community project or event that is of benefit to the town’s youngsters.

Oli Fawcett, Hastings Youth Council’s press officer and former chairman, said: “There is approximately £18,000 for each year and £54,000 in total. This was secured by the borough council through the tax rebate last year.

“We set this up because we wanted young people across the town to have the chance to make decisions that affect themselves and get more involved in the local community.

“It is really good for Hastings and St Leonards as it gives young people an opportunity to do something worthwhile.”

Application forms can be picked up from the Information Centre at the town hall and youth clubs in town.

Mr Fawcett added: “We are visiting young people and youth groups wherever possible to promote the project.”

The closing date for applications is July 29 but another round is due to start between October and December.

Members of the youth council will be at the upcoming St Leonards Festival next Saturday (July 16) promoting the project and again in the town centre promoting the council itself at the end of the month.

They can be dropped off at Aquila House in Breeds Place or posted to Emile Tambeh, Grants, Hastings Borough Council, Aquila House, Breeds Place, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 3UY.