Land for the people… how ending the scandal of ‘landbanking’ is one way to solve our housing crisis

Only radical action will solve the scandal of development land lying idle, making fat profits for investors while local families are deprived of desperately needed homes, says a leading Hastings councillor. Stronger compulsory purchase powers (CPOs) would release dozens of development sites for affordable housing, Andy Batsford, lead councillor for Read more…

And we’re off! But what a strange election campaign it’s turning out to be

Labour candidates, with their bright red rosettes, have been seen on the streets in recent weeks – Covid guidelines permitting – to begin what everyone acknowledges to be one of the strangest election campaigns in modern times. Social distancing has precluded mass canvasses, concern about spreading infection has limited person-to-person contact. Read more…

Our pledges to you: read the full details of Labour’s manfesto commitments

As the Labour council working with our partners, we pledge to do all we can to: keep Hastings safe; provide decent, affordable housing; tackle climate change; challenge inequality and poverty; boost the local economy; and promote inclusion and diversity. For more details, read council leader Kim Forward’s introduction to our manifesto. Other sections can Read more…