The Hastings Harbour Quarter company which had put forward a multi-million pound scheme to develop a modern marina complex, including over a thousand new executive homes off Rock-a-Nore, has formally withdrawn its proposal. The idea had been widely condemned in the town as both entirely unrealistic and environmentally devastating.  And while both Ms Rudd and Labour Leader of HBC, Peter Chowney, had at first made favourable noises, local politicians had sought to distance themselves in recent months.

The Green Party claimed credit for mounting vociferous resistance from the outset.  Julia Hilton, their spokesperson, said that the HBC Cabinet should be adopting “an alternative bottom-up approach to creating a vision for this town that listens and works with the huge creativity and energy of our local community, not top-down from secretive developers working behind closed doors”.


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