Democracy4Bexhill is all about making sure that the residents of Bexhill get more of a say on their town. From 1902 to 1974, Bexhill had its own borough council, giving pride and status to the town, but it was abolished in 1974, taken over by Rother District Council. The Rother councillors now representing Bexhill do not have a majority, even over matters closely related to the town.
A huge campaign was launched and won wide popular support. A town council could do SO MUCH for the town! Rother was obliged by law to hold a consultation. Thousands took part. Most consultations get a few hundred response: this one was massive.
Then came Rother’s decision. On December 18th, 2017, by 18 to 13 votes, at a full council meeting, Rother said er…….no. No town council.
They voted in favour of no change.
9,227 people had participated in the consultation, of whom only 364 had supported the idea of no change. Whereas 8, 631 wanted a town council!
Only one of the Rother councillors representing Bexhill voted for a town council: the others opposed it, or were not there.
This extraordinary decision stunned the residents of Bexhill, but the campaign for a town council has not stopped. Democracy4Bexhill is continuing the fight, and backed up by a public meeting, decided to encourage new people to stand as councillors in the next election for Rother, which will be held in May 2019.