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

Hastings Borough Council spends it’s way into a deep financial ‘storm’

Hastings Borough Council is going into a steep deficit this year due to its failure over the last few years to make adequate savings, including job reductions. At last years budget council meeting, the leader of the Council proclaimed that we were “having a year off from austerity”. It was handy for the Labour administration to decide this during an election year and the spending has continued.

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In the House with Huw Merriman SUS-151007-132058001

Resourcing our schools in Bexhill and Battle

In addition to visiting local schools, and jobbing as a lollipop man, I have had three schools visit Parliament this week for a Q&A. I have also been using my voice in Parliament to support the funding needs of our local schools. This week, I focussed on local provision for pupils with special educational needs.

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The Borough Leader with Cllr Peter Chowney

Discover a rich treasure trove at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery

Hastings Museum and Art Gallery (HMAG) has been open to the public for around 120 years. It has a collection of 97,000 objects, and attracts around 45,000 visitors a year. It’s a popular wedding venue, using the Durbah Hall, relocated from the Colonial and Indian Exhibition held in London in 1886. It houses significant collections of ceramics, local history exhibits, exhibitions on prominent Hastings people including John Logie Baird, Robert Tressell and Grey Owl, a substantial art collection and of course, dinosaurs. It’s owned and managed directly by Hastings Council, with the help of an advisory Museum Committee. There’s also a continuing programme of temporary exhibitions.

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The Borough Leader with Cllr Peter Chowney

Despite funding cuts and increasing costs we still plan to be positive for Hastings

Last week, The Observer published an article explaining the budget crisis that Hastings Council is facing. Coupled with huge cuts to government grants, we’ve had big additional costs, including the new waste contract and escalating homelessness, leaving us with a gap in a £15m budget of over £3m. There’s not much cheer in that. But this week, I want to concentrate on the positives – what the council can and will still be doing.

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Hastings Country Park SUS-190124-065808001

Hastings Country Park should not be harmed for the sake of the environment

The last few weeks have seen the latest failure of Hastings Borough Council revealed for all to see. It is blatantly obvious to the whole town, except the Labour administration, that the industrialisation of the Country Park is a bad idea. The ten-acre area in question is part of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and is next to an area of Special Scientific Interest (SSI). Creating energy from solar and wind is positive as it will help us create a long-term future where our energy needs can be met without harming the environment. What shouldn’t happen is the ironic situation we have now where the Council is proposing harming the environment in the name of the environment.

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From House to Home with Amber Rudd MP

Making healthcare fit for the future

Sometimes we can get caught up in the moment (Brexit in this case!) and lose sight of what is really important for our communities. While no one can deny the importance of making sure our departure from the European goes smoothly, we need to look outside of Westminster at what really matters such as our schools, businesses, and of course our NHS.

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The Borough Leader with Cllr Peter Chowney

Hastings needs to take every opportunity to find green energy

There has been considerable interest recently in Hastings Council’s proposals for solar energy generation, especially in the Country Park. No decision has been made on that yet – assessments on the ecological and environmental impact will be needed before public consultation takes place and plans are submitted, if it gets to that stage.

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