Full Council meeting, 18th December – Join us!

This will be the meeting that determines whether or not Bexhill will have town council. Join us at 5.30pm as we peacefully demonstrate outside the town hall, reminding Councillors that THOUSANDS of Bexhill residents voted (9,227 to be precise) and a staggering 93.5%  said they want a Bexhill Town Council.

Yes, there will be a few brief speeches but we will also be singing the Democracy4Bexhill song and some appropriately and tastefully re-written Christmas songs. Wrap up warm, bring a flask and join D4B supporters on this final push for a town council for Bexhill.  For any who are unable to get into the public gallery we are planning a live video link to St John’s Church

More details will be given in our next newsletter.

Overview & Scrutiny Committee meeting 27th November 4pm

Overview & Scrutiny Committee meeting 27th November 4pm

We need to continue our own “overview and scrutiny” of the review process by again packing the public gallery. However please be aware that although 2½ has been allowed for discussion given that the report’s recommendation reads “The OSC is therefore requested to consider and debate the four options but not to make any recommendation in support of any particular option”. It is therefore debatable as to how meaningful or relevant any discussion will be. We would welcome your attendance but don’t expect a decision other than that in the recommendation be taken.

Tell your councillor – “We want a Town Council”

 

8,631 votes were cast for option 2, a Bexhill Town Council, by Bexhill residents. This was 93.5% of the total votes cast, and 245 votes more than the combined votes of the top Conservative candidate in each of the nine Rother wards on General Election day 2015.

However we still need to persuade the majority party councillors that they should respect residents’ views and create a town council and hope that you will help us do so. Please contact your councillor, especially if they are a Conservative councillor, and tell them why you voted for a town council and ask them for their support when they come to make their decision on the 18th December.

Points you may wish to make could include:

No other consultation has received such an enormous response.

93.5% of those who voted want a town council – despite knowing this will increase their council tax.

Every other community in Rother district has a town or parish council; Bexhill people want to be treated equally – it’s just natural justice.

It’s not a political issue – a town council has the support of residents of all political persuasions.

A town council could provide services that Rother may be financially unable to fund.

These are just some suggestions. Just write, email, phone or meet them and say in your own words why Bexhill should have a town council. The council may appear to be rock solid but with the ‘drip, drip, drip’ of residents re-inforcing the consultation vote we can start to wear the rock away!

You can find contact details for all councillors on the RDC website or we can provide them to you. There is no need to feel hesitant about writing to them at their home address or contacting on them on their home phone. They are your representatives – It is perfectly in order for you to contact them and tell them your views.

The result is in!

A Big Big Big Thank You

……to all D4B supporters!

It has just been announced that 9,229 people cast valid votes in the second stage. Of these, 93.5% supported Option Two, a town council: 8,631. Only 3.9% voted for No change. This is a magnificent result!

This represents 26% of the electorate of Bexhill. This is of course the largest response to any consultation that Rother District Council has ever held – we estimate 18 TIMES bigger.

You can see the results in full here

CGR Steering Group Meeting

The next step is a meeting of Rother’s Community Governance Review Steering to consider the outcome of the consultation and formulate a final recommendation. The meeting is at 9.30am, Thursday 9th November (this week!) at the Town Hall. It would be wonderful if we could fill the public galleries with D4B supporters. Please come along if you can.

Next steps

The following meetings are also open to the public, each one a crucial step in the decision-making: do come along!

The Overview and Scrutiny Committee (27 November, 4.00pm),
Cabinet (4 December, 11am)
Full Council (6.30pm, 18 December).

D4B hopes to hold a rally to encourage the Full Council to decide in favour of a town council on 18th December at 1730 in the town hall square. Please come if you can, and bring any others who support this historic vote.art of Bexhill, young and old, Tories, Labour, Liberal, Independent and floating voters – and nearly everyone we talked to was enthusiastic and supportive.

The response to the consultation was huge – over 9,000 people. We understand that this is over 18 times more people than ever responded to any other Bexhill consultation.
Thank you Bexhill. Thanks for your patience and good humour and vision.