Latest Stories

Labour supporters campaigning in Sidley

In response to the announcement of a snap general election to be held on Thursday, 8th June we've started a crowdfunding page to help finance our general election campaign in Bexhill & Battle.

Our target is to raise £3,000 between now and the election. If you donate via our crowdfunding page, your contribution is added directly to the CLP's election fund.

We know there are many other calls for donations out there at the moment in the wake of the election having been called, but this fund has a huge impact on our ability to fight a strong campaign on the ground where you live.

If you want Labour to be a strong, visible presence in Bexhill and Battle in the run-up to June 8th, this is the fund you should contribute to.

Click here to donate to our fund


Any donations over the value of £500, please contact us first (chair@bexhillandbattlelabour.org.uk). All donations over £500 (in cash or in kind) must be from permissible donors and all donations of over £1500 (in cash or in kind) from a single source in a calendar year must be reported to the Electoral Commission, so please reach out to us before proceeding with your donation.

We're crowdfunding our election campaign

In response to the announcement of a snap general election to be held on Thursday, 8th June we've started a crowdfunding page to help finance our general election campaign in...

Please sign the Bexhill Labour Party’s petition (below) calling on Rother District Council to establish a community based Town Council for Bexhill.

The Labour Party is campaigning for Bexhill to have its own Town Council so that residents can have a greater say in how Bexhill is run. Rother District Council is far too remote with a majority of councillors representing rural wards with issues that are different to that of a seaside town like Bexhill. We believe that power should be exercised at the lowest practical level - close to the people who are affected by decisions. A Town Council, based in the community would restore civic pride and build on the strength of Bexhill’s vibrant voluntary sector.

You can read more about Bexhill Labour Party’s proposals here.

Sign our petition for a Bexhill Town Council

Please sign the Bexhill Labour Party’s petition (below) calling on Rother District Council to establish a community based Town Council for Bexhill. The Labour Party is campaigning for Bexhill to...

 Labour party members supporting the proposed Bexhill town council

Bexhill Labour Party have responded to Rother’s Community Governance Review with a resounding vote in favour of reintroducing a Town Council for Bexhill. Handing in their detailed plan to Rother District Council offices in Bexhill, party members argue that Bexhill lost out when its council was abolished in 1974 and that the current arrangements are remote and do not command loyalty from residents.

Vice Chairman of the Bexhill and Battle Constituency Party Christine Bayliss said “who actually tells people they live in Rother? I’m a Bexhillian and very proud of my town”. Bexhill Branch Chair and Candidate for Bexhill East Conor Hill said “A lot of development is taking place in our area and it’s important that local people get to make decisions about how the effects are mitigated”.

The key proposals in Labour’s response are:

  • Reintroduction of a Town Council to restore civic pride and build on the strength of Bexhill’s vibrant voluntary community.
  • Locate the Town Council offices in an empty shop or office in the Town Centre as a cost effective solution to bringing governance closer to local people.
  • Rotate council meetings around the town so that local communities in Little Common, Sidley and Pebsham can access local democracy.

A town council should start by looking after services currently paid for by Bexhill’s special expenses (Parks, Recreation Grounds, allotments) and draw up a Neighbourhood Plan to set high development standards for house builders.

Pictured with Labour Party members are three prospective Labour Party candidates for May’s County Council elections:

Andy Batsford (Bexhill North) “As someone born and bread in Sidley I know how badly let down the residents of Sidley and North Bexhill feel by the current out of touch Tory Councillors”.

Richard Sage (Bexhill South) “Parking is a big issue in Bexhill South. A Town Council could stand-up to a County Council more intent on cutting funding than providing services communities need ”

Sam Coleman (Bexhill West) “Because of Tory cuts, services for young people are non existent in Bexhill. If a Town Council had support from the community – it could press the County Council to do much more”

If you want to access Bexhill’s response to the Community Governance Review please download the document from this link https://goo.gl/zTDqZh

Resounding Thumbs Up For A Bexhill Town Council From Labour

  Bexhill Labour Party have responded to Rother’s Community Governance Review with a resounding vote in favour of reintroducing a Town Council for Bexhill. Handing in their detailed plan to...

More Stories >

The Labour Party will place cookies on your computer to help us make this website better.

Please read this to review the updates about which cookies we use and what information we collect on our site.

To find out more about these cookies, see our privacy notice. Use of this site confirms your acceptance of these cookies.