An independent newspaper is celebrating winning a public notices contract after marking its third anniversary.
The Hastings Independent has announced it is set to run the majority of public notices from Hastings Borough Council, which previously appeared in the Johnston Press-owned Hastings Observer, after being invited to tender for the service in October.
The not-for-profit Independent, which is published fortnightly, was launched in February 2014 and is run entirely by volunteers.
The newspaper aims to promote local creativity, enthuse political debate, promote community issues and citizenship and offer free work experience and media training to members and volunteers.
Director Jon Dunham told HTTP: “Hastings Independent is very pleased to have been chosen to display Hastings Borough Council’s public notices.
“It is rare for an independent publication to be chosen as the preferred vehicle to run these notices and we believe it will further our constitution in offering quality community news across Hastings and St Leonards on Sea.”
The council said it had made the move in order to “minimise spend”, and that the measures satisfied legal requirements.
HTFP has asked Johnston Press for a comment.