In the Rother District Council elections in May , the Bexhill councillors who are part of the Rother Alliance, promised voters in the D4B promise that ‘If we are elected, we will support the creation of a Bexhill Town Council’. They won in a landslide and one of their first acts as a council was to get the ball rolling. Now, a new Community Governance Review (CGR) steering group has been formed, with Councillor Christine Bayliss elected as Chair.
The steering group met for the first time on 30 October. It was made clear that in law, while Rother can take into account the feedback from the Review of 2017, when a massive 8,600 people “voted” to support the idea of a town council, Rother need to hold another Review, albeit a much shorter and less complex one, and reflect on it before the final vote. They also agreed:
- all steering group meetings will be open to the public;
- the first election of town councillors to a new Town Council will take place in May 2021. (subject to the Review findings);
- respondents will be asked to express a preference for either the creation of one Parish Council for the whole of Bexhill (to be styled as a Town Council) – OR – nothing changes;
- the Review will also ask residents about the services they would like to see a town council deliver; and
- a communications plan will publicise the review and how to respond.
The next meeting of the group is on 19 December at 9.30am. The papers on the steering group can be found here.
D4B will hold a public meeting on Saturday, 18 January, to which steering group members will be invited, so please put it in your diary! Thanks