Hastings Borough Council have unveiled proposals for its 2017/18 budget and it’s not looking like a happy new year for residents and tourists. The council aims to increase the cost of parking costs and council tax, blaming the rise of continuing cuts from their government grant, which has fallen by more than 50 per cent since 2010.’
Labour Council Leader Peter Chowney expressed his desire to raise £5 per annum, but added that the hike "doesn’t go nearly as far as we would like it to in balancing our books".
The budget for 2017/18 is set to be discussed and agreed at the budget council meeting to be on Wednesday, February 22. Updates on the meeting can be found at www.hastings.gov.uk