The local elections are on the horizon, and here in Hastings we have the chance for change. On 3 May, it is important everyone gets out to vote – and I hope many will share my enthusiasm for a new Hastings Borough Council!
It is so important that we choose a council which listens to the people of Hastings and St Leonards and I hope we will have this following the local elections. I have spoken with many local residents who are saddened to see essential local services closed such as the Harold Place Toilets. A Conservative-led Hastings Borough Council has promised to reopen these facilities and build new toilets on the site of those previously demolished under the Labour-led Hastings Borough Council.
Our town has fantastic areas of natural beauty and impressive architecture – just look at our Pier and unique fishing huts for example. Not all parts of our town get to enjoy the same business as our bustling seafront which is why local Conservatives are also committed to regenerating our town’s most deprived areas. We recognise backing our small and micro businesses so they can succeed is important for creating jobs and helping people get on in life. A Conservative-led council would bring back free parking in the town centre after 6pm and will lower business rates.
In Hastings we also need a planning department that makes sensible decisions and is open for business. I have spoken with many constituents who are frustrated with Hastings Borough Council’s planning department and their approach towards business in our town. Several others have voiced their concern with controversial planning development driven by Labour-led Hastings Borough Council. Under the Conservatives we will see a planning department that is open for business and which acts with more transparency.
Another major concern of my constituents is the state of our roads in and around Hastings. Our local residents deserve better, which is why I am delighted central Government will be providing £250 million towards fixing potholes in towns like ours. It is important that we have a local council which efficiently spends this money while keeping taxes low. I am sure many in Hastings will hope for a fresh start with a new Hastings Borough Council, so it’s vital that we all get out there and vote to change our local communities and ensure our voices are heard!
Amber Rudd MP
Hastings and Rye