A long-time campaigner on peace and environmental issues, Gabriel Carlyle has lived St Leonards for the last 14 years. He works in publishing and is a co-founder of Fossil Free Hastings, which is campaigning to divest the East Sussex Pension Fund from fossil fuels.
In 2015 he brought a legal action against the Borough Council over its plans to build the Queensway Gateway Road in violation of national and EU directives on air pollution, temporarily halting the project.
He is strongly opposed to the proposal to build 1300+ luxury homes on a high-rise concrete structure on the beach at Rockanore in Hastings Old Town.
I have lived in Hastings with my family for the last six years, working in art and film. If elected to be your councillor I promise to fight for each and every one of my constituents in Ashdown.
I will hold the dominant Labour party to account.
I will work to improve local renewable energy network opportunities for householders and businesses. This will reduce reliance on the carbon-producing national grid and reduce the cost of energy.
I will push for a 20mph speed limit on residential roads to save lives and to reduce road accidents.
I will ensure the council increase the amount of affordable housing in the town to cater for the wide range of people who live here.
I will campaign to introduce food waste and greater recycling collection across the town, bringing us in line with the rest of the UK.
I will also oppose the disproportionate plans for a new marina with 1,300 flats on the sea front, which will totally change the atmosphere of the Old Town we all love.
As a Hastings Green Party Councillor I could provide you with an independent voice on a Council that is dominated by one party. We are campaigning for transparency in council decision making and deplore the secrecy about the staff support that the Council are providing for the feasibility study for the monstrous concrete block of 1300 flats on a platform in the sea at the end of Rock-a-Nore road, polluting our fishing waters with a marina for 600 luxury boats. We aim to persuade the council to ensure that when a housing developer builds new they do not wriggle out of their agreement to provide at least 30% of affordable housing.
We are calling for the introduction of 20mph limits on residential roads to reduce the numbers of adults and children killed or seriously injured, mostly by cars driving at 30mph.
We are encouraging licensed restaurants and bars to fulfil their responsibility in law to make free drinking water available and the council to provide drinking fountains to reduce the use of throw away plastic bottles.
I joined the Green Party after moving to St.Leonards four years ago and soon became an active member, having voted Green for years previously.
I believe the Green Party has the most well thought-out and integrated set of policies of any party in the UK. We believe in equanimty, peacefulness, a balance of economy and ecology and a balance of competition and cooperation. We understand that austerity is a political tool to take power away from the population and hand it to a small minority who seek to free themselves from regulation and to greedily privatize everything that can be grabbed from society as a whole.
I want to see more support for affordable public transport, local energy, social services and housing (such as the proposed Ore Valley Regen project at Broomsgrove).
I am a great supporter of walking, cycling and the 20mph limit as a way of reducing pollution and for health benefits. I support the Hastings Greenway Project that seeks to connect people to facilities and open spaces using car-free, off-road routes. I will campaign to protect existing bus and dial-a-ride services and to increase their frequency.
As a councillor in Baird I would focus on supporting local community groups and networks, bringing more community events to the area.
For most of my life I have worked abroad in Europe as a freelance translator and interpreter of Czech and French. I came to live in Hastings two years ago and more than satisfied with my choice. I am actively involved in the life of the town – as a Quaker, as a member of the Transition Town’s sustainable energy group, as a singer with Hastings Philharmonic, and as a performing member of the Stables Theatre. I have been involved for much of my life in campaigning for peace and human rights, and protection of the environment. Having lived for part of my life in a totalitarian police state, I have a deep commitment to civil liberties.
The more I discover of Hastings the more I like it, from its astounding beachscapes that I enjoy when walking the dog, to its green oases, spoilt only by litter, a problem, along with eyesores caused by neglect, and one that I would seek to address.
Sally has lived in Hastings for 30 years. She has worked with people of all ages, from child-minding to teaching adults, working in homes for the elderly and as a volunteer visitor of people with particular needs. She has been a constant campaigner for the environment, peace and taking care of people's needs.
She is working with other local Greens on the problem of dog mess, lower bus fares (initially for children) and keeping nature reserves. She is also supporting the cross-party fossil-free (and sustainable energy) campaign.
She enjoys gardening, music, photography, hiking, cycling, astronomy, being with friends and family and attending the Quaker Meeting.
Charlotte Potter Powell
I have lived in Castle Ward for the last five years. I also work here for the NHS and am a member of the Collier Road Allotments. Our local Green Party is a growing voice in local politics. We are concerned equally with protecting our environment, and campaigning on issues that affect the local community. I am deeply concerned about the proposed Harbour Quarter Development which could threaten the unique character of the Old Town, the Country Park and the beaches that we enjoy. I believe the development would profit the developers while posing risks to local tourism and fishing industries and reducing residents’ quality of life. I was involved in local campaigning to oppose the Link Road and the Gateway Roads, which ended up over budget by more than 100 million of public money. We need Green Party representation to call to account wasteful schemes and champion locally driven development
In Castle Ward we are only too aware of the difficulties people face with homelessness and poor quality housing. We want Hastings Council to take a tougher approach when developers back out of their responsibility to include affordable housing in their plans, as happened recently at Station Plaza.
I have lived in Hastings for two years and joined Green Party four years ago. If elected to represent Castle ward on 3 May, I would campaign for:-
· More reliable public transport and cheaper bus fares, including supporting the campaign to save the 28 bus service
· Cleaner streets, particularly finding a sensible and practical solution to the on-going problem of dog mess in the ward, and ensure litter bins are emptied on a regular basis
· The introduction of a 20mph speed limit for residential streets in Hastings, making streets safer for everyone
· Water fountains along the sea front and water refills in restaurants and cafes to reduce the number of plastic bottles in circulation, which will help to cut the amount of plastic waste in our oceans
· More social housing and affordable homes in Hastings, and oppose the plans for a proposed marina development and 1300 luxury flats in Rock-a-Nore.
One of the things that drew me and my family to come and live in central St Leonards in 2001 was the fact that it had real, local shops. We should be hugely proud that we still have our own real Oak Bakery and our own real Greengrocer's (which I still call 'Ken's). We should support all our local shops, including the ones that have set up more recently. We need to keep fighting for the London Road Post Office to stay publicly owned and operated, or at least community owned and operated. In the Post Office campaign it was me who suggested the boycott pledge, where we've promised not to buy the non-PO bits (papers, sweets) of any new privatised shop.
When I first started living on Gensing Road children used to play in the streets. In recent years the roads have become too dangerous. That's why we need the Green Party policy of 20mph speed limits on residential roads to save lives and prevent injuries.
Me, I'm a peace activist, an author and an immigrant. I'm the editor of Peace News which campaigns for a nonviolent revolution which, in my opinion, is what the Green Party stands for.
If you’re looking for cake, creativity or seaside socialising - St Leonards is tough to beat.
I hope, like me, you feel lucky to live in a seafront town rich with history, culture and eccentricity. We shop local, support the hospice, grow our own veg, and swim in the sea, whatever the weather. But there’s another side to our St Leonards: one where people are struggling to make ends meet, where Saturday nights mean the Snowflake shelter and the Post Office means protests.
After 26 years in the UK, saying ‘they should…’, this Canadian is proud to add her voice to the party that speaks most practically for a healthier, happier, more just society.
If elected, I will work to support initiatives that help us all to:
Support each other to live in social, environmental and economic harmony as the implications of Brexit become increasingly apparent
Access local sources of cleaner, greener, affordable energy as wholesale costs increase and the planet heats up
Improve our ability to reduce, reuse and recycle as the cost of living increases and charges are likely to be levied for household waste-disposal
Travel safely, affordably and sustainably as our air quality deteriorates and rail fares increase
I am a built environment design consultant (town planner and former architect) with a passionate interest in creating more sustainable urban environments. I have two adult children, one a teacher and the other a doctor.
I first moved to Hastings in 1970 and have lived in my present house in Old Roar Road since 1985. I have designed a large number and wide range of public and private buildings across the Southeast and London.
I believe we need to radically revise the planning system both to educate and involve local people in making some of the hard decisions necessary to make Hastings a more sustainable and higher quality place to live and work.
I have mentored disadvantaged children and am actively involved in progressing The Greenway cycle and pedestrian route throughout the town as a low carbon and healthy alternative to car or bus travel.
I have lived in Hastings since I was 10 years old, and was brought up and educated here. Most of my working life as a solicitor was spent here.
This is a relaxed, easy-going town where everyone can feel accepted. Whatever you are into, there is a place for you here. However, times are changing and pressures are being brought to bear that might change the special nature of our town if we are not alert and ready to defend the things we value.
Chain-store enterprises descend on the town like vultures, siphoning their profits out of the town to benefit remote financial empires, while taking the livelihoods away from small, local family businesses. Commercial interests threaten to build a playground for rich out-of-towners to buy second-homes on The Stade in the Old Town when we desperately need housing that young people can afford so that they can stay in their home town. Meanwhile dubious deals enable contractors and financiers to cover green spaces with office buildings doomed to stand empty, in a mockery of their empty promises of bringing jobs here.
Enough! Vote Green!
I have lived in St Leonards for the last 25 years, working as a self-employed carpenter. I have seen the area change over the years and have generally been encouraged by the positive changes that have occurred recently. I do have concerns, however, at the increasing difficulty for people to find affordable accommodation and the drop in local welfare services.
Across town, I also have strong reservations about the proposed marina development at Rock a Nore, and feel that more consideration should be paid to the site of the old lido in West St Leonards. And in Gensing, I would also like to make sure that there is not a rush to build more housing causing a loss of local public open spaces, for example on the land next to Summerfields woods.
I was born in the Buchanan hospital and grew up, went to school, work and play nearby. I’ve been a Hairdresser for twenty years; I may have cut yours.
I want to see our local community thrive through sustainable reinvestment in the way we buy our food and energy, how we deal with our waste and how we travel. I believe by strengthening our local economy and infrastructure we make ourselves more resilient and less vulnerable to outside and often unpredictable forces.
I am also a co-chair of Transition Town Hastings, a local community organization, exploring solutions to problems arising from climate change and environmental damage and expanding on the themes above to build a healthy environment to leave to our future generations.
In the spirit of Green Party Policy we are soon implementing a water bottle refill scheme to reduce plastic bottle waste, with an ambition to make Hastings a zero single-use plastic town.
I have lived in Hastings 17 years and joined the Green Party to help make Hastings better through the political process. The Green Party is campaigning for improvements to our public transport as our bus service is disappointing in terms of reliability, frequency and price. We want to introduce a 20mph speed limit on residential roads to reduce deaths and serious injuries mostly caused by vehicles travelling at 30mph. We are the only political party in Hastings that is opposing plans for a huge concrete marina development of 1300 luxury flats and moorings for 600 boats which would be disastrous for Old Town pollute the sea.
I believe that the Green Party hold the right policies to deliver a healthy and sustainable future in Hastings. Having lived in Hastings for over 11 years, I am acutely aware of the need for improved rental accomodation and affordable housing. As an active volunteer in the St Leonards Warrior Square community garden I take seriously the need to improve our local environs and make the town more attractive, cleaner and safer for all residents.
As a regular cyclist I support the 20 mph speed limit for all residential streets. I will also campaign for food waste collection and take an active role in the Refill Campaign to encourage local venues to sign up to refilling water bottles for free.
I will also oppose the plans for a new marina development which would adversely impact the beauty of the unspoiled beaches of Rock-a-Nore.
I’ve lived in Hastings for over 7 years. I work in a senior role within the arts and culture industry and was drawn here by the town’s unique character, inherent creativity and sense of community. I believe that politics is an important means of bringing about social change so I’m standing in the Maze Hill ward for the only party that offers a genuine alternative for those who are concerned about social justice and policies that address environmental issues with the urgency they deserve – on a global scale and crucially for this election at a very local level too. After all, we in Hastings - as with all coastal dwellers - are on the front line of climate change. But it doesn’t stop there. The Green Party offers a radical and progressive opinion on all aspects of political policy.
Voting for the Green Party will protect what we all love about Hastings and vastly improve the things we don’t.
Chris Saunders (M)
I believe that party politics is an important means of bringing about social change. Like many, I became disillusioned with the main Tory opposition parties following Blair’s appalling decision to invade Iraq, and Clegg’s decision to form a coalition government and renege on election commitments.
I am convinced that voting for The Green Party now offers a real alternative for those who are concerned about social justice, equitable housing, and policies that address environmental issues with the absolute urgency they deserve.
Over the last decade I have seen The Green Party move from a single issue party to one that presents radical and progressive opinion on all aspects of political policy. It is a democratic party in the true sense of the phrase, and it is one that I feel proud to represent in this election.
In this local election The Green Party is campaigning on affordable housing, imposing 20 mph speed limit for all residential streets, we are offering strong opposition to the proposed Harbour Development with the alternative proposition that Hastings and St Leonards should apply for UNESCO World Heritage status, and we are working in support of the Refill Campaign to encourage local traders to make available free drinking water to anyone who requests it. We see this an important alternative to buying water in plastic bottles. It makes so much sense!
I am a landscape architect and artist and have lived in Hastings for ten years. I love the energy and vibrancy of this town but it has become clear to me that there are many local campaigns that have not made the progress they deserve because they have no champion on the local council. In particular working to make Hastings a safer town for walkers and cyclists, promoting healthy streets for all.
My work as a landscape architect involves listening to people’s dreams and wishes for the places they live and turning them into reality. I like problem solving and feel this would be a useful skill to contribute to the local council.
I will campaign hard to prevent the harbor development from becoming a reality that would destroy some of the most precious landscape assets of Hastings. We are already working to build support for a more positive vision for Hastings around the idea of making Hastings a UNESCO world heritage site.
The council has been Labour run with no real effective opposition and scrutiny since 2010. It is time for some fresh independent voices to hold the council to account and push for more transparency around important decisions for the town’s future.
I am on the committee of the Greenway group which campaigns for traffic free accessible routes for walkers and cyclists through the town and am also involved in the recently formed Sustainable Transport Forum which will provide a voice for sensible integrated transport for Hastings. I have been active in the campaign for East Sussex County Council to divest it’s pension fund of fossil fuels. I am also a non executive director of Energise Sussex Coast which is working to provide community owned renewable energy for Hastings and use the profits to help fight fuel poverty locally.
Andrea Needham is a long-time peace and environmental campaigner. She has lived in Hastings for 15 years and is a qualified nurse. She has spent much of the last five years holding local 'regeneration' company SeaChange Sussex to account (www.seachangesussex.info), and is therefore well-placed to oppose the proposal to destroy Rock-a-Nore with a harbour complex and 1,200 luxury homes. Andrea writes for Peace News and The Canary and is the author of 'The Hammer Blow: how ten women disarmed a warplane'.
I work as an adults social worker, so am acutely aware of the negative impact of austerity on the local community.
I have been a Green Party member on and off for probably 30 years and am committed to Green Party policies believing us to be the only party of real change.
I have lived in Ore for 13 years and am a neighbour of the Ore Community Centre which plays an active role in supporting local people. I have volunteered in the weekly lunch club there and know first hand what a valuable asset it is.
Improvements in public transport locally is a big interest of mine, especially to enable and encourage people in Ore to get out more easily and save the need for short journey car use down the town requiring parking spaces on a road infrastructure that is becoming overwhelmed.
Jenny de Vuyst
I am keen to work hard for Ore where I have lived and worked since 1979.
Working at St Helens Hospital and later at Conquest I was a union and a Labour Party member back then. Now retired, I still enjoy my part-time work as a carer at Old Hastings House.
Clear and mounting evidence of air and water pollution, dangerous underfunding of essential services, lack of affordable housing and badly deteriorating road safety led me to join the Green Party, for the clarity of its policies and unwavering voice on all these urgent issues.
Locally we are calling for 20mph speed limits on all residential roads, and for swift progress on the Greenway pedestrian and cycle routes to link Ore with and beyond the town.
We oppose the absurd Harbour Development proposal at Rock-a-Nore for 1200 flats. This iconic area and its fishing industry must now be protected. We will work to get truly affordable homes built with full involvement of the local community.
We also want new water fountains along the seafront and support the Refill Campaign to help reduce reliance on plastic.
I would love to serve the Ore community which welcomed me so long ago and has always nurtured me and all my family.
Chris Saunders (F)
I became active in The Green Party shortly after I retired from 10 years working with the Harm Reduction team on a Brighton drugs and alcohol programme. At that time I also met Caroline Lucas and was impressed by clear thinking and views on the problem of homelessness and substance misuse.
For me The Green Party is the only political party that has got to grips with the real issues of our time – social inclusion, social justice, and the protection of our living environment. These issues need to be addressed with urgency and at all levels.
Hastings is a wonderful town, and it is a privilege to live here. However I am aware there is much that needs to be done to ensure that we do not lose our amazing heritage on the back of bad planning decisions, such as those that might arise from the Harbour Development Proposal. It is also important that everyone who lives in Hastings and St Leonards shares the benefits of this heritage.
If elected as your Councillor I would listen to your concerns and views and work hard on your behalf.
Dave Carey Stuart
I have lived and worked in St Leonard's for 22 years, enjoying all the quirkiness our wonderful town has to offer. As a self-employed roofing contractor the amazing and varied architecture provides me with an interesting and satisfying career, giving me the opportunity to meet and work for local people.
I am fully supportive of the local Green Party's opposition to the plans for 1,200 luxury flats at Rock-a-Nore. The effect such a development would be disastrous to the rich heritage of Old Town Hastings, exacerbating lack of parking and other traffic issues. What we need is more affordable, community housing, on brownfield sites such as the Broomgrove power station site in the Ore Valley. Volunteering for the Snowflake Night Shelter has given me a small insight into the needs of the disadvantaged members of our community.
Another Green Party policy which I wholeheartedly support is the implementation of a 20 mile an hour speed limit within all residential areas, as has successfully improved community life within towns both in the UK, such as Lewes, and many towns in Germany and the Netherlands.
I moved to Hastings in 2001 and set up Shore Sounds, its first community choir. Since then I have played a big part in the cultural life of the town teaching singing in schools to hundreds of children and young people, performing at the Stables Theatre and other live music venues. I’m proud to call Hastings my home. What keeps me here is its vibrant, creative, quirky character, its numerous free festivals and the friendly, feisty people. I joined the Green Party in May 2017 because I felt it was time to re-engage with politics and stand up for what I believe in. As a working class feminist and lesbian I have been part of movements for social change throughout my life. I relish the opportunity to tackle the real issues of our time: social inclusion, social justice and the protection of our living environment. I’m a keen walker and cyclist and took part in the local 28 bus campaign which is holding Stagecoach to account for the poor service we receive in the West Hill area where I live. I totally oppose the disastrous plans to build a marina and 1300 luxury homes at Rock-a-Nore and support the idea of making Hastings a UNESCO world heritage site. As a lifelong drinker of tap water I completely support the water bottle refill scheme to help reduce plastic bottle waste which is a blight on our environment and eco-systems.
Lucy Brennan Shiel
I have lived in Hastings since 2010. It’s a wonderful town and I am very proud to call it my home. I have two children one in primary and one in secondary school. I was secretary of Blacklands Parent Teacher Association before it changed to an ARK Academy. I am a visual artist and art educator.
I joined the Green party to support their campaign locally for affordable housing, accountability in planning and development and mostly for their focus on environmental issues. The Green party are committed to effecting positive change, where possible, at local level. In a town like Hastings, with such a strong community spirit, this is a very powerful strategy.
Since I have been here I have watched this town change and develop and grow. And there is so much more that could be done better, cleaner and wiser with Green Party elected councillors.
I have lived in Hastings for four years and joined the Green Party to grow local support for environmental issues.
I think that the town will be much better with sustainable public transport systems giving clean air and safe routes for everyone.
Access for all means children's and elderly peoples' needs to be dealt equally with car drivers.
I will work for the residents in Tressell ward and represent their views on Hastings Borough Council.
I've lived on the West Hill in Hastings for over 2 years and I love the town and its people with a passion. Prior to that I was a university research fellow and now I work freelance. We're lucky to live in such a beautiful place, with so many talented, friendly people and so much going on, although some things could always be better.
Everyone complains about dog mess, fly tipping and litter, especially where I live and it annoys me too, so I'm determined the council needs to do more on this, as well as recycling more waste. I am also committed to opposing the disastrous plan for a high rise concrete marina complex at Rock a Nore.
I've always been a campaigner for social justice too, having been part of UK Uncut, protesting against tax avoidance and needless austerity. Hastings desperately needs better quality and more affordable housing for local people, not more holiday homes. I also want our streets to be safer for walkers and cyclists, so I support the introduction of more 20mph zones for residential areas.
I am fairly new to Hastings and to the Green Party, and I settled upon both for the very same reason: community. To me, community means a safe and healthy space, a sharing of resources, a place where each person is valued as an individual and as part of the whole. I love the sense of community down here and, as a passionate environmentalist, am ready to stand up and protect it.
The Green Party plans to push for Hastings Old Town to achieve UNESCO World Heritage status; a bold and positive move. It will ensure any development proposals (such as the current Marina proposal) are sympathetic, sustainable and ethical: not another block of unaffordable luxury flats. It would benefit the local economy and ensure our community gets the support it deserves for generations to come.
My name is Mat McDonnell and I was raised in Hastings. I was educated, work and live here with my family; it’s my home. I have seen it continue to change for the good and the bad and want to help make it a better place to live for everyone here in these challenging times. We need improvements in many areas of our Hastings lives including key areas of transport, town planning and food systems. The Green Party have the policies and attitude to tackle these pressing issues and what they are proposing will substantially benefit our economy, our health and our well being for the long term. I would never have considered being a Councillor, I thought this was somebody else's job, but seeing the serious problems that we all face – whether its the rising cost of living, an unwanted badly designed development on your doorstep or a lack of serious alternatives to driving a car – I'd like you to give me and the Green Party in West St Leonard’s the opportunity to help understand and tackle these problems for us all.
Hastings is my home. I come from a family of Health workers, Teachers and Craftspeople. I work for Pea Pod Veg, growing and supplying fresh, organic, seasonal vegetables for the Hastings Community. I also write music and create illustrations. I live for my Partner and Daughter and my community, many of whom I am honoured to have become friends with. The community of the future is based on true values; fair treatment of all, security for all, health for all and a truly sustainable and fulfilling shared existence. The Green party is the only party with these central principles.
I support the Green Party because I'm tired of the counter-productive policies of the Conservatives and their obsession with crippling society whilst pretending it is improving, causing the national debt to increase by billions and insecurity the very air we now breathe. It is time to face the truth of our current political folly and look to alternative strategies that are viable, sustainable and healthy. The Green Party manifesto is this; a practical guide to sustainable growth and development for one and all. Policies of health, support and growth.
Is it revolutionary to believe we can make the world around us better?
I believe it is common sense.
The green party has community, social justice, the environment and a fair economy for all at it's core. We need a caring politics that understands and unites communities rather than spreads fear and divides. That is why I joined the green party. As councillor for Wishing Tree ward I will listen to and campaign for residents needs. I will use my position to hold the council to account on development schemes to make sure public money is spent wisely. Local issues that I'd campaign for are:
Affordable housing and targeting bad landlords.
An accessible and affordable public transport system that works.
Food waste collection and improved recycling.
Safe speed restrictions in residential areas.
Accessible renewable energy options.
Apprenticeships and mentoring schemes for young people.
Quality care options and anti-loneliness schemes for older people.
I'm an organic vegetable grower and founder of local veg box scheme, Pea Pod Veg. I believe that everyone should have access to healthy and nutritious food that doesn't harm the environment.
4th April 2018 : All Hastings Green Party candidates' nominations have now been confirmed. We have a FULL SLATE. Well done all!!