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