All public meetings of the council have been cancelled in response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak.
In line with Government guidance we will not be holding public council meetings until further notice. This is to ensure the safety and wellbeing of residents, Councillors and officers.
Non-essential decisions will have to wait and we will continue to keep residents updated where and when urgent decisions need to be made.
On 18 March full Council agreed urgent new rules to allow the Managing Director to make emergency* and urgent** decisions when Councillors cannot meet.
Under this rule, The Managing Director must check with at least 4 members of the cabinet, one of whom must be an opposition councillor and one to be the Leader or Deputy Leader of the Council before making decisions.
*Emergencies include events covered by our Emergency Plan as well as unprecedented episodes, such as pandemics.
**Urgency means decisions essential to the Council’s operation during an emergency.
Purpose of committee
Hastings Borough Council is the sole trustee of the Foreshore Trust. The Trust owns a stretch of land on the seafront at Hastings and St Leonards. In order to minimise and manage any potential conflicts of interest between the council and the charity, decision-making powers for the Foreshore Trust have been delegated to the Charity Committee, which is a Cabinet committee.
The Charity Committee is made up of three members of the council’s Cabinet. The Charity Commission appointed a Protector who acts as an independent watchdog over the Trust. Members of the Charity Committee take advice on the management of the Foreshore Trust’s land from the Coastal Users Group. An independent Grant Advisory Panel was also set up to advise the Charity Committee on the allocation of grants from the Foreshore Trust’s surplus.
The Charity Committee meets every three months. The meetings are usually held in the Council Chamber, Muriel Matters House and are generally open for the public to attend. Paper copies of the agenda for Charity Committee meetings are available on request from Democratic Services
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- Councillor Sue Beaney (Chair)
- Councillor Andy Batsford (Vice-Chair)
- Councillor Judy Rogers
- Chris May (The Protector)
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Muriel Matters House
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