For everyone living and working in the Old Town
Stay informed

Stay up to date on everything that's happening in the Old Town: click here to download the latest Parish News.

Keep in touch with your committee's decisions  by reading the minutes of our latest meeting here.


Report Street Problems

roadupClick here to go to Fix My Street, where you can report problems such as potholes, broken paving slabs and blinking street lights.

Campaign in support of Ore Library — an apology from Dick Edwards

The January newsletter may have misled readers. It listed the opening of the central Hastings Library after a substantial – and long overdue – refurbishment.

It then indicated that the decision to close Ore Library had already been made by East Sussex County Council. That is not correct. The consultation period is over but the final announcement will be made in March. I apologise to those who have campaigned for Ore library, It continues to operate as before.

There is no dispute that for ESCC to close a library in one of the poorest parts of the county is most unwelcome. For residents, especially those with children, access to a free service like this is crucial. If you want to do more follow this link.

Good News!


At a meeting on Wednesday August 23rd Hastings Council Planning Committee UNANIMOUSLY approved the relocation of the Old Town doctor's surgery to the Ice House, Rock-a-Nore Road.
1,723 people signed the petition pressing for this. Thank you for this display of unity.
Dr Craig Namvar has spent years trying to get this to happen. Now the building will be fitted out to provide the modern and safe health care that Old Town residents deserve.
Dr Namvar deserves the whole hearted thanks of the Old Town community for his investment of time and money to give local residents an up-to-date facility.


Your councillors

If you live in Hastings Old Town, your Borough Councillors are James Bacon and Dawn Poole. To email James click here  or Dawn here. You can contact your East Sussex County Councillor Tania Charman by clicking here.  For regular updates on what is happening in the Old Hastings Ward, as well as information on upcoming events, please visit and 'like'  James' Facebook page.





Graffiti are not a new problem in the Old Town but in recent months there has been a blitz of tags on some of our walls. Hastings council will remove them if you complain – but only if they are on your property. Vivien Harrison has written a quick guide to notifying the council, which you can download by clicking here.

Our Croft Road one-way scheme survey has now ended.  Of those who responded, 57 agree that there is a traffic problem; just 14 disagreed. But support for a one-way scheme was not so decisive: 48 thought it would help, but 23 were opposed.
Croft Road residents’ responses were almost evenly divided (9:8) about one-way working.

Watch this space for a more detailed summary

Hastings Opportunity Area

In October 2016 the government launched Opportunity Areas, aiming "to build young people’s knowledge and skills and provide them with the best advice and opportunities." Click here to learn more.
This  intitiative is to run for 3 years in 12 towns around the country where social mobility is believed to be a key factor that impairs the performance of local children. There is a total of £78m available with £1m initially in Hastings.
HOTRA  cautiously welcomes the money but holds deep reservations around monitoring outcomes and securing lasting improvements.
At a meeting held on 9th May, the HOTRA management committee  unanimously agreed this resolution...

We call upon Hastings Community Network to help secure the best possible outcomes from the Hastings Opportunity zone. In particular we ask that :

  1. Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Schools be involved in independent monitoring and advice;
  2. a robust mechanism be set up that allows the local community to be involved;
  3. that the initial 3 year period be extended where successes are clear.

It is hoped that this matter be discussed by the Local Strategic Partnership at the earliest opportunity.

Please send comments to  dick@hotra.org.uk


Anti-social behaviour and dogs

Are you fed up with agressive begging, drug and alcohol misuse or thoughtless dog owners ?
Hastings Council are consulting on new Public Space Protection Orders.

You can read a summary of the proposal on dogs by clicking here, and on anti-social behaviour here. The full proposals are weighty documents of many pages. You can look at the dogs proposal here, and the full anti-social behaviour proposal here.
HOTRA has prepared a response which you can download by clicking here. If you wish to respond individually, take a look at this web page.

Hastings Old Town Residents Association

East Hill House
13 Tackleway
East Sussex
TN34 3DE

Dick Edwards, Chairman

01424-437069 —