Hastings Green Party made spectacular gains in the May 2022 local elections, winning three seats from Labour. Central St Leonards, Gensing and Tressell all fell to the Greens, whilst in Castle Becca Horn came within a hair's breadth of taking a fourth seat.
The three seats had all been held by Labour for many years. In Tressell, Glenn Haffenden won in a landslide, with 56% of the vote - a remarkable increase on the 19% achieved by the Green candidate in the ward only a year ago.
We are so proud of this new Green team of councillors. Everybody is ready to work in cooperation with others to do things differently on our council and with our community. We will really make this town as good as it can be for everyone.
– Councillors Julia Hilton and Claire Carr.
The results mean that Hastings Borough Council, which has had a Labour majority since 2010, is no in No Overall Control. Labour holds 15 of the 32 seats, the Conservatives hold 12, whilst the Green group holds five - and the balance of power.
Before the 2021 local elections, Greens had no seats at all on the council. We now have five, and are in a strong position to influence local policy.
Our councillors are:
Julia Hilton - Green group leader, Borough Councillor for Old Hastings, County Councillor for Old Hastings and Tressell.
Claire Carr - Green group deputy, Borough Councillor for Castle.
Tony Collins - Borough Councillor for Central St Leonards
Glenn Haffenden - Borough Councillor for Tressell
Amanda Jobson - Borough Councillor for Gensing.