Hastings Borough Council leases Old Town Hall to create community hub
Hastings Borough Council is letting its Old Town Hall Building in the High Street to Eggtooth, a local social enterprise, to create a community hub in the centre of Hastings Old Town.
The building has been vacant since 2018, but on 29 June, Eggtooth officially signed the lease for their new community hub, 'The Nest', which is set to open in the autumn. The Nest will be home to all Eggtooth's projects, including a creative event space and community mental health service, as well as a café and Hastings' first alcohol-free bar.
Cllr Peter Chowney, lead councillor for Finance at Hastings Borough Council, said,
"I'm pleased that we're leasing the Old Town Hall to Eggtooth, for use as an innovative hub which will offer services, such as mentoring and training, to young people. The Old Town Hall was opened in 1823, and served as the main council offices until the Town Hall in Queen's Road was opened in 1881. Since then, it's been used as council offices, a museum, tourism information centre, and a children's play project. Eggtooth were chosen as new tenants after the lease for the building was advertised back in 2019, but we've been working with Eggtooth through the pandemic to help them bring this building back into use. It's great to see it now become home to Eggtooth and the brilliant work they are doing.
"The Eggtooth project will be a real asset to the local community, and we hope those who need it take full advantage of everything Eggtooth has offer, especially at its easily accessible location in the old town."
You can find more information about Eggtooth on their website.