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Don’t confuse councils when voting

In a ‘two-tier’ council area such as Hastings, people are often confused about what the borough council does, and what is the responsibility of other agencies. So as we approach the council elections on May 3rd, here’s an overview of who does what, and how that might change in the future.

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Katy Bourne

Sussex PCC's video log: #StandUpToStalking

Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, explains why it is important that we all #StandUpToStalking

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Streetlight received a 5,000 grant from Sussex Community Foundation

The human cost of modern slavery

Sussex Community Foundation has two funds – the Nick and Gill Wills Fund and the Brenda Ford Fund - that specifically support charities and community groups in Sussex, supporting women who are vulnerable or at risk of abuse, exploitation or violence.

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Dr Martin Warner, Bishop of Chichester

Life and faith is about more than entertainment and the survival of the fittest.

I’ve been watching the new Netflix series on the tale of Troy.

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From House to Home with Amber Rudd MP

The attractions of an English summer

Us Brits are famous for our obsession with the weather - our need to start every ice breaking conversation with some meteorological observation, and never more so than the grateful way we shake off the end of winter. Hopefully we are finally at that moment!

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The Borough Leader with Cllr Peter Chowney

Take dangerous litter off the street- no butts

Last year, Hastings Council brought in additional wardens to deal with littering and dog fouling. This was done through an external contractor for a year’s trial period – there was no cost to the council, as the wardens are funded by the income from the fixed penalty notices they issue. We’re intending to review the service at the end of the year’s trial and consider whether to employ wardens directly to do this.

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From House to Home with Amber Rudd MP

A rich tapestry of things to look forward to

It is somehow already Easter and what a busy few months it has been: We have seen 100 years pass since some women were finally granted the right to vote, a strong Spring Statement from the Chancellor which means better funding for our towns, and the potential for the Bayeux tapestry to come to Hastings!

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Rt Revd Richard Jackson, Bishop of Lewes

Everything changed at the first Easter

A few years ago I gave up caffeine of any sort for Lent.

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The Conservative View with Cllr Rob Lee SUS-170623-111550001

Empower yourself on voting day

The local elections are now just around the corner and I am sure all of you will soon have literature from several parties come through the door. The importance of the elections should not be underestimated. You get the oppertuinity to change your town for the better and possibly forever and what is more empowering than that?

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The Borough Leader with Cllr Peter Chowney

Council plans for exciting times

Over the next few years, we’ll be embarking on a major redesign and redevelopment of White Rock Gardens, and the ‘Bohemia Quarter’. This will probably be the biggest public space redevelopment in Hastings since the last war, and would mean new, modern facilities for sport, leisure, and culture, developing this space to complement Hastings Pier, and become a new destination for our town.

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Dr Martin Warner'Bishop of Chichester

The relevance of making time and space

The season of Lent is a period of 40 days when Christians prepare to celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ at Easter.

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From House to Home with Amber Rudd MP

Apprentices step on the career ladder

Apprenticeships are there for people from all walks of life enabling them to learn skills for the workplace of their choosing, earn a wage, and get on in life. Last week was National Apprenticeship Week which was a great opportunity for companies to learn how apprenticeships can work for them. I spent last Friday visiting businesses in Hastings to hear how apprentices have helped their employers while also gaining a valuable step onto the career ladder.

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The Venerable Edward Dowler, Archdeacon of Hastings

Life begins at 40

In Lent, forty is a very special number.

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From House to Home with Amber Rudd MP

Standing up for our future farmers

When I am asked about the future of our country’s farming and agricultural sector following Brexit, I can give reassuring news! This week, the Government launched an open consultation on the future of farming to get farmer’s views on new agricultural proposals.

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The spin class

On Your Marks: I’m spinning around, move outta my way!

When I started this challenge - to be able to run a half marathon from scratch - I knew my main issues would be getting fit and avoiding injury.

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The Conservative View with Cllr Rob Lee SUS-170623-111550001

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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