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 East Sussex Highways, where you can report problems such as potholes, broken paving slabs and blinking street lights.


Your residents' association held its annual general meeting on September 16th. To comply with Covid-19 social distancing guidelines, it was a much quieter and more sober affair than usual, with only the committee and two prospective new members attending. You can read the minutes of the meeting by clicking here.

East Sussex fire and rescue

Residents will be aware that HOTRA have been pressing EAST Sussex Fire and Rescue Service to purchase smaller size fire appliances since 2003. It was a surprise to learn that West S.F.R.S. had failed its Home Office inspection in every area. Currently there is a small working group at Bohemia Road looking at our request. HOTRA is convinced that our firefighters should have the best possible range of equipment to help them to do their job.

Your councillors

If you live in Hastings Old Town, your Borough Councillors are James Bacon and Dany Louise. To email James click here  or Dany 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.

Isabel Blackman Centre Purchase Appeal

Stage 1 Pledge
A consortium of charities and voluntary groups consisting of Hastings Voluntary Action, Age UK East Sussex, Sussex Community Foundation, Hastings Seniors Forum and Hastings Old Town Residents Association have been working on plans to buy the IBC. Since its closure by East Sussex County Council on 31st March, adult social care provision has been badly affected. The impact on individuals and their families has been far reaching and negative. Our plan is to serve the whole of Hastings and the surrounding villages.
The purchase price is £500,000 + £100,000 VAT + about £20,000 in legal costs – a total of £620,000. Conversations with various groups and individuals have led to promises of just over £400,000. So this Pledge Appeal is asking you to help meet the balance of £220,000.
Stage 1 Action
Please email me dick@hotra.org.uk or write to me at 13 Tackleway Hastings TN34 3DE to let us know the amount of your pledge. PLEASE SEND NO MONEY NOW. We just need to know the total available so we can proceed to the point of purchase.
Stage 2
You will receive a letter in February / March asking you to make your promised payment. All payments will go to H.V.A. into a dedicated account. HVA meet all the statutory requirements to comply with financial regulations. We hope to raise the balance by March. Once completed our plan is to open the IBC on 2 days per week with a Friendship Club including lunches. This will cost about £35,000 per year. After that we will offer many more services. The range will cater for the wider community as well as our important older citizens.
Any questions or comments please let me know. Let us together turn the IBC into a centre for older citizens and the whole town.
Dick Edwards M.B.E.


HOTRA Subscriptions
In early January our New Year newsletter will be delivered to every Old Town letterbox. This time it will include a form to urge you pay your subscriptions. These have been increased to £15 per person – the first increase in 10 years.

Hastings Old Town Residents Association

East Hill House
13 Tackleway
East Sussex
TN34 3DE

Dick Edwards, Chairman

01424-437069 —