Survey says our town is among best to live and work in

HASTINGS is the ninth best place to live and work in the country, according to a new survey.

The Centre for Cities 2014 report looked at 64 of the largest towns and cities in the UK.

Researchers examined life satisfaction, inequality, carbon dioxide emissions, house price growth, education, jobs, patents, businesses, population growth and even broadband speed.

Hastings features in this report with encouraging results, according the borough council.

The leader of the council, councillor Jeremy Birch said: “According to the most recent figures available our historic town is the greenest town in the UK, producing less carbon dioxide per person than anywhere else studied.

“This is excellent news for our residents and visitors and demonstrates that we have a really good carbon footprint.

“We have also been ranked in the top 10 for the number of patents per 100,000 residents. Patent data is widely used to measure innovation so being in the top 10 in the UK shows that the vacuum cluster is obviously having a very positive impact on our town.”

The report also looks at population flows into and out of London. It shows how nearly everywhere is exporting people to London as the capital enjoys faster economic growth.

But Hastings is one of only five places where there is a net inflow of people from London. It shows that the capital is leading the economic recovery, and its long-standing economic strength continues to attract talented workers from across the country. It also makes the case that devolving more funding and powers to UK cities – London and others – so they can generate more of their own income and respond to the different strengths and weaknesses of their economy will be critical to ensuring this is a sustainable, job-rich recovery.