It’s a clean sweep for Labour’s council-run street cleaners

The word on the streets is: things are looking a lot better in Hastings under Labour. Since the council took control of the borough’s street cleaning operation in 2019, the town has continued to see a significant improvement in levels of litter, graffiti, detritus, and flyposting. Out of the 300 borough roads inspected in the latest independent performance review, 99% passed at an acceptable standard. This is a significant 6.4% improvement when compared with the Read more…

Racism is everywhere, but it can be challenged, say speakers in party Zoom call

Imagine your son comes home to tell you that you a woman stopped him from playing on the swings with the other children. And another time, browsing in a newsagents, he is all but accused of trying to shoplift. You would be outraged, yes?  Or you are walking down the street when an altercation breaks out. Someone is being targeted with a stream of racial abuse. What would you do? Back to your boy: he Read more…

Steve Thorpe: ‘It all starts with listening to peoples’ concerns’

Steve Thorpe is your candidate for Maze Hill Steve has always championed people’s rights, during his working life as an active trade unionist, negotiating better conditions for his members. And as chair of his local residents’ association, he encouraged the residents towards improving the environment on the estate where they live. He is now retired, but still helps out as a member of Optivo’s sheltered housing team. Steve believes listening is the key to being Read more…

Godfrey Daniel: ‘I don’t always promise to succeed but I promise to try’

Godfrey Daniel is your candidate for the county division of Braybrooke & Castle Godfrey has first elected for this seat in 1997 and has been re-elected ever since. A former JP and borough councillor, he has a wealth of experience and is particularly pleased that he managed to secure over £9 million to refurbish Hastings Library. He has also been instrumental in the county declaring a climate emergency. Godfrey lives in the area he represents and Read more…

Liam Crowter: ‘I hope to be the voice of young people’

Liam Crowter is your candidate for Ashdown ward and the county division of Brede & Marsham Liam believes that a post-Covid future should embrace the needs of poorly-paid essential workers who made so many sacrifices on our behalf. At 27, Liam, born and raised in Hastings, is one of the youngest chairs of Hastings & Rye Labour party. He says: “I hope also to be the voice of young people who too often are not Read more…

Brian Bostock: ‘I will strive for support services so badly needed post-Covid’

Brian Bostock is your candidate for Conquest ward Brian’s experience in the NHS make him uniquely qualified to take on the challenges of representing this ward. A registered nurse, he fought for a better deal for members as vice-chair of the Royal College of Nursing, and has been a Labour parliamentary candidate. He says: “Covid hit residents in this area hard, from work pressures to illness and isolation. If elected I will strive for the Read more…

Sabina Arthur: ‘I want to address inequality in Braybrooke’

Sabina Arthur is your candidate for Braybrooke ward Sabina is a community organiser and activist, currently co-leading on domestic abuse awareness projects with Hastings charity, Women’s Voice. She also campaigns on animal rights, anti-austerity, ethnic minority inclusion and community engagement. She says: “I want to address inequality in Braybrooke. I know that there is a large wealth gap here and that many people live with pressures of zero-hours contracts and insecure housing. As a councillor, I would Read more…

Warren Davies: ‘We need to create a thriving local economy’

Warren Davies is your candidate for Baird Warren in a lighthearted moment while campaigning with county candidate Ali Roark Warren, a school teacher, is proud to have represented Baird ward since 2012 and helped deliver improved local services: cleaner and safer streets. He says: “We need to keep on building: secure homes, good jobs, in a thriving local economy, with incredible life-chances for our children. “Let’s step, together, into a healthier and sustainable future, enjoying Read more…

Ali Roark: ‘I want everyone in our communities to have opportunities to thrive’

Ali Roark is your candidate for Tressell and also for the county division of Baird & Ore Ali attended local schools in Tressell, Baird and Ore and lived briefly in the USA before moving back to raise her family in Hastings. Ali studied History at Sussex and the University of Colorado with an emphasis on social movements in the twentieth century. She works part-time for a local supported accommodation provider and was previously employed by East Sussex Read more…

Ruby Cox: ‘I will bring a range of skills to the job’

Ruby Cox is your candidate for the county division of Old Hastings & Tressell As a borough councillor, Ruby has dealt with casework and worked hard within the council. She is vice-chair of the planning and environment committees, chair of the Combe Valley Countryside Park board and the council’s Older People’s champion. Ruby says: “As your county councillor I would bring with me a range of skills from my background in parking services, local government Read more…