Press Releases week beginning 15 January 2018
Elms to enhance Hastings town centre
Hastings Borough Council has replaced five Swedish Whitebeam trees once growing outside the Robertson Street of Debenhams. The trees had declined in health after successive years of Vapourer moth infestation.
Councillor Colin Fitzgerald, lead member for environmental issues said, "We considered the characteristics needed for replacement trees to thrive, such as salt and wind resistance, and balanced this with something that would enhance the environment. We selected Ulmus lutece, a species of Elm that is particularly resistant to Dutch Elm disease. This particular Elm has been widely planted throughout northern Europe. It is a tough tree generally establishing well wherever it is planted, while enhancing an urban townscape."
Council's Plans and Budget Add Up
Hastings Borough Council has launched a consultation on its new corporate plan and budget.
Council leader Cllr Peter Chowney explained :-"Every year we have to produce a corporate plan and a budget which supports it, and, over every recent year, this has become more difficult, as budget cuts have continued. Indeed, since 2010/11 our funding has been cut by more than 65% in cash terms on a like for like basis, so we have to prioritise what we do.
"However, because of careful management over the past year, which includes the extra income raised from our investment in commercial property, I am pleased to confirm that we are proposing that there will be no redundancies this coming year. Indeed, we are looking to build on the good work that we have been doing over recent years.
"So, in our 2018/19 corporate plan, we have set out our vision for Hastings, and how we will achieve that vision.
"Our priorities are economic and physical regeneration, cultural regeneration, intervention where it's needed, creating decent homes, an attractive town, a greener town, and transforming the way we work.
"We are particularly mindful that some parts of the town consistently appear amongst the most deprived in the country, and we intend continuing to work hard with partners to tackle issues such as unemployment, education, and healthcare.
"We are also proposing to freeze car park charges in our car parks.
"Our corporate plan details what we plan to do, and how we will achieve our objectives if the plan is agreed in February. Full details can be found at https://www.hastings.gov.uk/my_council/consultations/draf_corp_plan/
"The consultation runs until 9th February, and we welcome feedback on our plans. The final decision on the corporate plan, and on next year's budget, will be made at our budget council meeting on Wednesday 21st February."