What difference could a town council make?
How it can help Bexhill people on the issues that they care about and which affect them every day.
Nationally town councils vary, but they all serve their towns at a local level. Below are some ideas about the difference a Bexhill Town Council could make to our town. Because the town councillors would be working in harmony with the new Rother, these ideas are not just fine words, they would be practical and achievable, and good value for money.
- A Town Council could smarten up the town, improve our pavements and streets, provide additional ramps for wheelchairs and buggies, and plant more trees and green areas.
- A Town Council could set up a ‘one-stop’ hub to provide information and support for local clubs and groups, housing advice, local buses or tourist information.
- Bexhill is famously friendly and has fun! A Town Council could take over the events and leisure budgets for Bexhill to work more closely with the people of Bexhill on enjoyment, leisure and fitness for all ages.
- A Town Council could establish a new Bexhill website with a town calendar of events, and a comprehensive directory of local clubs, charities and services.
- Town councils often look after allotments, playing fields, parks, beaches, and other types of leisure facilities. They manage buildings for public events, and give funds to charities. But the larger town councils are more ambitious and set up new services for children, young people or old people, or even initiate projects on housing, trees, employment or loneliness.
- There are town councils up and down the country serving their towns, giving them a facelift, providing a tourist office, giving jobs advice to young people, hiring out e-bikes, improving street lighting or bus shelters, providing information for tenants and leaseholders, setting up children’s playcentres, even creating a cinema or organising ballroom dancing!
- A Town Council can be more personal, involve local communities in doing what needs doing more easily, whether it is volunteering to be pot-hole and pavement wardens, or checking out which landlords are ripping people off. Bexhill’s strength is its friendly and caring residents, who already do so much for each other, and charities – both councils want to reflect that special nature of Bexhill.
- A Town Council could support and work closely with the many active local groups and charities which tirelessly make life better for our residents, including Bexhill Heritage, Bexhill Caring Community, Bexhill Environment Group, Rother Voluntary Action, Heart of Sidley and the Pelham, but also the smaller charities who rely on the time and generosity of so many people.
- A Town Council serves the local area, promotes the town and represents its interests. It can wield “soft power”, influencing important decisions about Bexhill being taken by Rother or East Sussex.
- A Town Council would prepare a Neighbourhood Plan which would have legal status in the planning process.
- In short, since the Localism Act 2011 a town council can provide any services that are within the law, and which their communities want to see and pay for.