We are pleased that the May 6 elections in Hastings have once again resulted in a Labour run council.

The national swing clearly made these elections less about local issues than usual, and this has been a significant factor in the wards where hard working Labour councillors lost their seats. We thank Antonia Berelson, Margi O’Callaghan, and Warren Davies for their support and commitment to the residents of their wards and to our town.

We welcome the election of three talented new councillors, Sabina Arthur, Claire Carr and Ali Roark to the Labour team.

Council leader Kim Forward said:

‘We are sad to lose three colleagues but proud to welcome three new councillors, all of whom are women. Following the annual meeting of the Labour group Cllr Paul Barnett has been elected as Deputy Leader and the Cabinet team consisting of Cllr Peter Chowney, Cllr Judy Rogers, Cllr Maya Evans, Cllr Andy Batsford, and returning member Cllr Trevor Webb, will, with energy and determination, continue to ensure we deliver the manifesto pledges that residents have elected us on.

We are committed to continuing the regeneration of Hastings and to boosting the local economy and welcoming visitors to this most special coastal destination. We will work to attract investment and improve services to the poorest areas of our town.

Our climate change plan is central to our work across the Council and we will continue to work with our partners who also deliver key services in Hastings to strive for a carbon neutral town by 2030.

As we are still navigating our way through this pandemic, we will continue to work with our partners including voluntary and community groups, prioritising support for our residents and ensuring their needs are met. We are standing with the people of our town and remain committed to a bright future for all.”

Cllr Paul Barnett, Deputy Leader, said:

‘This is an exciting and challenging time for all of us involved in improving the future of Hastings. We will be focusing on continuing to support and devel,op the vital partnerships which our town needs, with both private and voluntary sectors, other service providers such as Housing and Health, and national and regional funders.

We must all come together to address the major challenges of inequality and economic opportunity that are so vital to deliver what our residents expect.

I am looking forward to meeting with all those who share our passion for this wonderful town.’

This Labour party will continue to promote a socialist vision of fairness and equality for all, and our large membership will be active in a wide range of progressive causes to improve local life.

Liam Crowter
Hastings and Rye CLP Chair