Heather Bishop: ‘I will do all I can to support those in need’

Heather Bishop is your candidate for Gensing Heather, who was born and raised in Hastings, is enthusiastic about community engagement. As councillor for Ore she helped lead a new charity to save Ore Library. In Gensing, her focus will be on creating a safer, better-lit, more welcoming environment – and also in attracting more affordable homes. She says: “I love the ward’s handsome buildings and tree-lined streets, but it suffers from poverty and poor housing. I Read more…

Maya Evans: ‘I joined the council to make a difference’

Maya Evans is your candidate for Hollington Since being elected in 2018, Maya has been highly visible in Hollington, improving access to homes and starting garden projects. A fitness enthusiast, she combines her passion for the town’s parks with cabinet responsibility for the natural environment and leisure. Growing up in single-parent household, Maya knows all about day-to-day struggles. She says: “I joined the council to make a difference and do what I can to help ordinary people. Hollington Read more…

Judy Rogers: ‘Many residents are struggling, their voices must be heard’

Judy Rogers is your candidate for the county division of Ashdown & Conquest Judy has been a borough councillor since 2012, looking after the residents of Castle ward and is a former Mayor and Deputy Mayor. She is also now a cabinet member responsible for equality, organisational well-being and performance. She says: “Hastings needs more Labour voices at county. Many residents are struggling and their voices must be heard, especially following the effects of Covid-19. I will be that voice Read more…

Anna Sabin: ‘I want to see a lovelier, more sustainable post-Covid town’

Anna Sabin is your candidate for Old Hastings As a gardener on Dartmoor before settling in Hastings, Anna believes Old Hastings should be greener: “Completely, literally greener,” she says. “with more trees, planters and meadow strips.” She aims to build on other green projects she’s involved in. “I want to see benefits for all Hastings’ neighbourhoods: active transport, local community centres and community sharing all contributing to creating a lovelier, more sustainable, post-Covid town.” Anna, Read more…

Nigel Sinden: ‘I’m known to be there for you, and our town’

Nigel Sinden is standing for the county seat of Maze Hill & West St Leonards After three years as Mayor, and nine as a borough councillor, Nigel wants the town to have a stronger presence at county level. He would try to balance any future growth of homes in Maze Hill with preserving its grandeur, and help West St Leonards return to the tourist destination it once was. He says: “I’m known to be there Read more…

Claire Carr: ‘We need a better, greener society for our children’s futures’

Claire Carr is your candidate for Castle ward Born and raised in Hastings, Claire has always had close ties with Castle. She managed an independent shop in the ward and has worked as a stage manager in many of its venues. Claire says: “I have been the person who needed the council’s help the most and want to make sure those services are there for others. “As a mother I think it is important we build Read more…

Margi O’Callaghan: ‘We’ve been neglected by the county council for too long’

Margi O’Callaghan is your candidate for Silverhill and also for the county division of St Helens & Silverhill Margi says: “I am standing for county as I am concerned about the state of our town and how that has been neglected by Tory-run county council. “They make decisions without really knowing what our town is like or the needs of the residents. “I want to ensure the roads are getting fixed and important and essential Read more…

Countdown to elections on May 6… have you got your postal vote yet?

Elections will be held on Thursday May 6 for both the borough and county council, after last year’s borough elections were postponed. So in Hastings & St Leonards you will have two votes. How can I vote? Because of Covid restrictions, we are encouraging supporters to vote early by post. Although there will be polling booths open on the day. You can download a form from Hastings Borough Council. If you’re in Rother, email: [email protected] The deadline Read more…