Welcome

Welcome to Democracy 4 Bexhill. On this site you can learn more about how Bexhill is governed now, and what the options are for the future.

Community Governance is the way in which local communities are represented and governed . It is also about the way in which individuals and groups within the community are listened to and able to influence decisions that affect them.

Following a long campaign, A Community Governance Review (CGR) is now in progress here in Rother. This enables  Rother District Council to  create a new form of governance for Bexhill.  Stage 2 of this consultation is underway, and residents are being asked for their views. Their votes are not binding, but the more people vote, the more likely it is that Rother will listen!

Every other area within Rother District has a town or parish council who are able to decide locally, in consultation with their residents, what and how some services, such as bus shelters, play areas, allotment, visitor information, grants, are provided.  Since 2011, town councils now have greater powers and access to special funds which allow them to  run or introduce any services that are thought to be needed for the good of their community.  In Rother, Rye, Battle, Lewes and Peacehaven already have town councils, and most towns Bexhill’s size (40,000) already have them.

Government guidance says that town councils are “the foundation stones for other levels of local government. Their directly elected councillors represent local communities in a way that other bodies, however worthy, cannot.”

Your view counts—read on to find out more about how you can have your say.