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The Conservative case for council change

In my last column I went through Labour’s stale offerings in the form of the local plan they would like to implement. Since then I have been continuing work on amendments that we, the local Conservative party, would like to make to the Council’s budget. What is clear over the last few years is that the Labour administration have become entirely detached from the priorities of the residents of Hastings and St Leonards and are keen on pursuing a narrow, ideological agenda and the town has suffered as a result. This is exampled by the threat of closure of Ore toilets, a lacklustre strategy in dealing with street sleepers in the town, the virtual absence of a strategy on dealing with drugs on our streets, no real desire to physically and literally keep our streets clean and the now derelict Harold Place toilets, which serve as an obvious reminder of the failure of the Council under its current Labour administration.

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The Borough Leader with Cllr Peter Chowney

Money, money, money…

In my last column, I explained the difficulties all councils are having making the books balance. I mentioned that one way to cope with this was for the council to generate its own income. So here’s how we’ll be doing this.

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Dr Martin Warner, Bishop of Chichester

Recognising contributions to society

One of the big events coming up in Chichester is the ceremony in which Tim Peake will be granted the Freedom of the City.

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Ashley Highfield, CEO of Johnston Press Newspapers

Ashley Highfield: MPs need to vote against ‘harmful, backdoor threat to local and regional papers’

Last week the Prime Minister announced a review into the health of the news media, including the regional and local press. It is very much to be welcomed. There are real, long-term challenges facing our industry – not least the role of the role of the tech giants, Facebook and Google, who hoover up most ad revenue – profiting from journalism they do not produce - and preventing publishers from generating a fair return on their content.

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The Borough Leader with Cllr Peter Chowney

We have avoided cuts to front-line services

On February 21st, Hastings Council will meet to agree a budget for 2018/19. 
Each year, it gets increasingly difficult to make the books balance. But this year, thanks to efficiency savings and income generation, we’ve managed to produce a budget with no cuts to front-line services.

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Patrick William James Reville, 52, unemployed, of St George's Road has been jailed for 32 weeks.

'Prolific' Hastings shoplifter jailed

A Hastings man described by police as a 'prolific shoplifter' has been jailed after admitting to thefts from a number of local businesses.

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Liam Barrett

On Your Marks: Fellow cricketer 'Bazza' is taking up a similar challenge

Part of the joy of taking up this challenge of a half marathon is seeing how many people do similar events.

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British Airways Run Gatwick Half Marathon

On Your Marks: The challenge is set, Run Gatwick Half Marathon here I come!

At the beginning of this column I set myself a target of running a half marathon in six months.

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BLAISE TAPP: Is micro-cheating the first dumb trend of 2018?

BLAISE TAPP: Is micro-cheating the first dumb trend of 2018?

There must a point in everybody’s life when they say ‘I am not sure if I belong here anymore’, as if the world has moved into a different gear and left them behind.

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From House to Home with Amber Rudd MP

Helping children is vital for our future

Our children and young people must be given every chance to make the very most of their potential. This begins with a high-quality education. Whilst I wasn’t the best student, I was lucky to have many excellent teachers and wonderful opportunities at school.

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pdsa

Right diet and exercise vital for your pet

With a New Year comes a new start, meaning many of us are all too aware of the need to shed a few pounds for the year ahead.

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Press freedom - or a totalitarian Britain

Press freedom - or a totalitarian Britain

Heaven only knows what they would call me now in this at once sensitive and insensitive age. As Margaret Thatcher’s Press secretary for 11 years, I copped a lot of abuse and ridicule.

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Pete Airey, myself and Tony Airey

On Your Marks: Getting over that tough festive period

It was always going to be a bit tough over Christmas and New Year.
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pdsa

How to banish those New Year blues

Tinsel and turkey may seem a distant memory now and after the Christmas and New Year celebrations have faded, some people can feel a little blue as they get back into their normal routine.

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Ven Fiona Windsor, Archdeacon of Horsham

Taking time out to pause

The last of the turkey curry has been eaten, and just a tiny bit of Christmas cake left (well in my house at least!)

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The Conservative View with Cllr Rob Lee

Cllr Rob Lee: The right deal must be made for the pier

Now that 2017 has come to an end it is time to reflect on what a busy year it has been and look forward to the year ahead.

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The Borough Leader with Cllr Peter Chowney

Cllr Peter Chowney: It’s getting harder to balance the books

It’s that time of year again – the time that local government finance officers dread. Just before Christmas, the government tells councils how much money they’ll have to spend in the coming financial year. And in recent years, there’s not been much seasonal cheer to that announcement.

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Rt Rev Richard Jackson, Bishop of Lewes

Finding hope in a bigger story

This year I saw the first Christmas TV ad on September 15th.

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The Borough Leader with Cllr Peter Chowney

Cllr Peter Chowney: The Source BMX park - ‘Hastings ingenuity and originality at its best’

Last week, Rich and Marc Moore from The Source BMX park received the prestigious ‘Heritage Angels’ award, for the best rescue of a historic building. And it’s well-deserved.

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Ed Cassidy

On Your Marks: Startling statistic opened my eyes

In my conversion with Ed Cassidy a senior manager in mental health commissioning for Crawley, Horsham and Mid Sussex CCGs (see last week’s column) he told me a startling statistic that approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem in their lifetime.

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