D4B suspends its activity until after the election on May 2nd 2019.

Pleae note:

For the duration of the Rother District Election Campaign – Democracy4Bexhill will suspend its activity. For information about the campaign to secure a Town Council for Bexhill – please contact the groups who form D4B:

Association of Independent Councillors – Doug Oliver –dougoliver1@hotmail.co.uk 07917 845737

Bexhill Labour Party – Christine Bayliss –bayliss4bexhillandbattle@gmail.com 07904953255

Bexhill Liberal Democrats – Diane Smith – 01424 220994 diane_m_smith@outlook.com

Green Party – Polly Gray – mrspollygray@gmail.com

D4B launches a campaign for better Rother councillors!

Press release 

Democracy4Bexhill has launched a campaign to get better councillors elected to Rother District Council on 2 May 2019.

In 2017 Rother held a consultation called a Community Governance Review on whether to improve local governance. Over eight thousand residents of Bexhill called for Rother to allow a town council to be set up, 93.5% of the entire response. However, Rother Councillors refused.

“We were staggered at the decision, it seemed they did not really care what the residents of Bexhill wanted. “said Doug Oliver, Chair of D4B, “People have been taking a closer look at how Rother treats Bexhill and how they run things, and they are not impressed. So we decided to encourage new candidates to stand against the current councillors, people who would listen and who would bring in some new ideas and enthusiasm to Bexhill, and give the residents more of a voice.  They have come forward. If they get in, we would be one step nearer to getting a Bexhill Town Council too”.

Candidates from all parties are being encouraged to say on their publicity material whether they support the idea of a town council, and display the D4B promise of “If elected, I will support the creation of a Bexhill Town Council.” Having a town council would enable the town to make improvements and offer services that its residents want, and the cost would not be great, as there are over 43,000 residents to share it.

A special D4B newsletter has just been produced and will be distributed to every household in Bexhill by an army of volunteers. It reminds residents which councillors voted against the idea of a town council and gives details of some of the concerns that the public have about Rother.

Democracy4Bexhill is an all-party/independent community group with no political affiliation.

A good idea for the Town Bus Service?

The yellow Town Bus Service, also known as the Community bus, run by volunteers six days a week, can be used by everyone. It costs just £1 a trip or it’s free for the disabled or pensioners with a pass. It has several routes that cover the centre of town as well as some of the outlying areas of Bexhill. HOWEVER, sadly it does not serve the Sidley area. A town council could support the development of this much needed service – and make it more inclusive for all. It could even consider supporting public transport initiatives for areas that have no evening service, like the Conquest. Yes, a town council would work for you!

Parking proposals: will they affect you?

East Sussex and Rother councillors have plans to tackle parking in the town. The detailed draft plans and maps on parking can be tracked down on the RDC website (minutes and appendix 2 of Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting 19th March 2018). D4B has asked Rother that the plans be available in hard copy after they have been signed off, so that you can see them at the library. There will be a public consultation and we will keep you informed. Meanwhile, the police are actively booking cars for illegal parking in the town centre, so watch out!

If you have strong views about the plans, prepare to respond to the consultation. Rother has been known to ignore the results of official consultations (ahem) so you could also write to your two local councillors. On 19th July Bexhill Town Forum held a public meeting on this issue. You can watch the video recording on their Facebook page.

 

 

 

 

Rother didn’t listen to Bexhill residents… Now a national association calls for change

In Rother’s community governance review last year, 93.5% of 9,227 Bexhill residents asked for a town council, and Rother famously said no. Word went round the country, and now the Government has just had a consultation about how to improve these reviews.

The National Association of Local Councils, representing 10,000 local councils, has responded saying that in future the public should have the right of appeal to the secretary of state, and if residents vote for a new council in a referendum, that should be binding. They also say that the process followed should be strictly monitored internally.

If the Government agrees with these proposals, Rother will not get away with it next time.  

 

Don’t rain on East Parade

No further consultation is planned on the East Parade in Bexhill. Rother’s plans to improve it, entitled The Coastal Environments Corporate Project – East Parade Bexhill, are on the RDC website (Cabinet meeting 12th March 2018). But are they exciting? We do get a new building for the Sea Angling Club and a paying car park at the base of Galley Hill but could we do more? One resident has pointed out that this is a beautiful area on a line between the Jerwood, the

Hastings net sheds and the De la Warr Pavilion, and could be a wonderful hub for creative, educational and healthy activities for the wider public, all based on the sea.

Some councillors are not bothered. One said:

From experience if you consult 10 people you will have a range of views which if you ask the same questions to 100 people by and large those views would just be repeated 10x.

Best not to mention the town council consultation when 8,361 all voted the SAME and were still ignored!

 

D4B Summary Income and Expenditure Accounts to Dec 2017

In the interests of openess and transparancy, this is the income and expenditure for D4B.

DEMOCRACY 4 BEXHILL
SUMMARY INCOME & EXPENDITURE ACCOUNT – 24 Oct 16 to 31 Dec 17
Income
Cash setup donations by committee members 310.00
Launch meeting donations 243.11
Donations – committee members – bills & cash 454.09
Donations – Individual donations 2405.70
Donations – at stalls & shop 63.61
Donations – Christine’s box 10.72
Donations – Cash – no names 110.00
Danations at party for insurance 240.60
Bank compensation 10.00
Interest to 27 Jan 0.06
TOTAL INCOME £ 3847.89
Expenditure
St John’s Hall 30.00
Launch leaflets 25.00
Launch meeting refreshments 15.70
Christmas pitch 25.00
Sweets for stall 20.00
Leaflets & labels 152.00
Banner 50.00
2000 Help make Bexhill Great 120.00
Bexhill Market stall 20.00
Photographer 30.00
Envelopes 102.00
Laminated posters 12.00
Photocopying 21.60
Shop use licence 100.00
Shop refreshments 7.93
SBS – envelopes&labels re petitioner’s letters 38.00
Fastprint – petitioner’s letters 300.00
APW – leaflet printing 30.00
Trevor Leggo meeting -room hire 36.00
Trevor Leggo meeting -refreshments 60.20
4 Domain names 39.59
Vodaphone sim card 15.00
Bexhill Town Council.com domain 14.39
Facebook adverts 204.01
Crowdfunder fees 15.38
Laminated posters 35.00
Leaflet printing 155.00
Roller banners 65.94
38000 leaflets 970.00
38000 postcards 660.00
Stickers 21.99
Photocopying etc 49.00
Postage – letters to cllrs 24.70
Sundries 1.49
Song sheets 20.00
Final Letters to cllrs – print & post 51.28
Vinyl posters for rally 84.00
Insurance for Town Hall Square rally 223.00
3845.20
TOTAL EXPENDITURE £ 3845.20
Surplus / (Deficit) – for the period £ 2.69
DISPOSITION thereof:
Bank 131.14
PayPal 0.60
Cash 6.23
Bills to be paid -135.28
General fund £ 2.69

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What’s next for D4B?

The result of the Community Governance Review wasn’t what we
wanted but it certainly isn’t the end. We will continue campaigning
for greater transparency, openness and accountability in the way
Bexhill is governed. We will do this by shining a light on where we
think the Council is failing to listen to Bexhill residents.
We will also be making sure that, in the 2019 local elections,
Bexhill residents in every ward have an opportunity to vote
for District Council candidates who want a Bexhill Town Council
and subscribe to Democracy4Bexhill’s values of fairness and
transparency.

We will endorse candidates who share our vision for the future of
the town, no matter what political party they stand for.
We want to hear from you! What else would you like us to be
doing? What do you think we could help with?

Come along to our open meeting
Saturday 17th February 2018 at St Barnabas Church, 10 – 12 noon. This is an opportunity for you to air your views and hear what we’re up to.

We  would like to take the opportunity to say thank you to our many volunteers
and supporters for all your hard work and support. Our campaign was very
effective, the amazing result of over 9,000 respondents would not have been
possible without you.
The consultation is now over, but the campaign doesn’t stop there. We will be
fighting hard for greater transparency, accountability and openness and
supporting the people and organisations who share our passion for making
Bexhill a better place to live. Make sure you spread the word among your
friends and neighbours that Democracy4Bexhill are still going and we’re still
just as committed to our wonderful town. I can’t wait to see what amazing
things we can achieve in the next few years.

 

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