The process to bring about a town council is almost complete, but vital details still need to be finalised. Rother’s Community Governance Review Steering Group met on 24 November 2020, and will again in January 2021. The Cabinet endorsed their recommendations on 14 December. A part-time temporary town clerk will start in January to help ease the historic process, which is good news. So what is missing?
The budget. It is still to be decided. D4B has always hoped for a precept that would allow the Town Council to employ not only a town clerk, but also an assistant and a much-needed fund raiser (possibly part-time) in the first year. However, although the precept has yet to be set, so far it is not clear whether the town council will get the resources it needs to give Bexhill residents what they need.
In the meantime, community groups are invited to submit their views informally on the role of the council in general to the Chair of the Group, Councillor Christine Bayliss. See the meeting of the Group and Cabinet on Youtube (Rother District Council) and the papers at Printed minutes 24th-Nov-2020 10.00 Community Governance Review Steering Group.pdf (moderngov.co.uk)