Through its planning policies, external grant applications, and other interventions, the council can influence the local economy, promoting ‘traditional’ sectors such as tourism, as well as newer sectors such as the creative and cultural sector. 

To achieve this, a Labour council will:

  •  Introduce a post-Covid business recovery scheme;
  • Ensure the revised local plan holds new planning policies for the Bohemia area and Hastings Town Centre to pave the way for its redevelopment;
  • Work with local community-based organisations to support them in developing regeneration projects (such as the Observer Building);
  • Take every opportunity to provide economic advantage for young people, working with others to help provide high skill training, jobs and homes, alongside a safe and exciting cultural and social experience:

  • Promote good quality apprenticeships for local young people, with the council ‘setting a good example’ by taking on apprentices in council services;
  • Work to support the Town Deal Board if it is successful in its bid to gain £25m in funding for regeneration projects that help the poorest people in our communities, while recognising the need to tackle climate change and improve sustainable transport;
  • Create a council task force to identify abandoned development land and investigate ways to bring it into use for housing or other development;\
  • Support the Hastings ‘Music City’ initiative, working with local music venues and event organisers to encourage and develop local musicians of all musical genres to develop a reputation for Hastings as a centre of excellence for contemporary and classical music;

  • Work with partners to produce a strategic approach to marketing the town in a way that links the cultural, heritage and tourism sectors more closely;
  • Increase the availability of good quality overnight accommodation, both through council developments to create new hotels and by encouraging other accommodation providers;
  • Use the council’s newly built business start-up centre at Churchfields to help those from our most deprived communities develop business skills and establish new businesses, especially co-operatives;
  • Work with the County Council to achieve improvements to local roads, especially the seafront road and The Ridge following the completion of the Queensway Gateway road;

  • Develop a ‘Community Wealth Building’ approach to local procurement, using our new procurement strategy and a simplified application processes to ensure more contracts and services are procured locally, keeping the money in the local economy;
  • Encourage other public sector services providers to sign up to a community wealth building local procurement approach;
  • Strengthen planning policies to protect and support local shopping areas;
  • With other local authorities, investigate the possibility of establishing a community bank to provide loans to small and medium sized businesses.
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