Welcome to our new Chair, Hugh La Trobe and Vice Chair, Roger Gillett.  Christine Bayliss now Treasurer and we look forward to bringing information and views to the residents of Bexhill on Sea.
 
A vacancy has arisen for a Secretary and new committee member and the committee would welcome anyone interested in joining us.  Contact bexhilltownforum@gmail.com for more details 

Bexhill Town Forum on Community Governance RDC Second Phase has been postponed to Friday 22nd September 2017 at Parkhurst Hall, Parkhurst Road, Bexhill.  Refreshments available.  All welcome.

BTF Committee Meeting 2nd June 2017  Minutes 2nd June 2017 

Minutes BTF Committee Meeting 12th May 2017Minutes 12th May 2017 

Bexhill Town Forum Committee Meeting:  Friday, 12th May 2017, The Pelham Community Cafe, Bexhill on Sea.  6pm.      Agenda 12th May 2017  Minutes Committee Meeting 7th April 2017 

BTF Response to Rother District Council – Phase 1 Community Governance  BTF Response to RDC

 Agenda  BTF Public Meeting Friday 10th Feb 2017, St Peter’s Old Town, Bexhill
  1.  Community Governance Review
  2. Malcolm Johnston, Rother District Council, Chief Executive Director Resources
  3. Trevor Leggo, Chief Executive, Sussex and Surrey Associations of Local Councils
  4. Panel Discussion, Malcolm Johnston, Trevor Leggo, Robin Patten (Chair Governance Review Steering Group) Cllr S Elford, Cllr J Hughes, Cllr D Oliver, Cllr S Prochak
  5. Minutes of 18th Nov 2016 BTF Business Meeting, Pelham Community Cafe, Bexhill
  6. Open Forum: members to speak for 5 minutes maximum
  7. AOB
Here is the agenda for this Friday’s forum – a busy, varied and interesting evening ahead for us.
Friday 26 February 2016
6:30 for 7:00
St Peter’s Community Centre, Bexhill Old Town
1. Nick Claxton, ESCC : Flood Risk Management
2. Stewart Drew, Director and Chief Executive : De La Warr Pavilion
3. Howard Martin, Chamber of Commerce : Town Centre commerce
4. Jack Doherty : Fairtrade
5. Luke Blackmore & Sylvia Sigfusdottir : Bexhill Youth Council
6. Theresa Stanbridge : various updates
By the way – have you responded to the survey yet? If not, here it is again:

Survey – tell us what you think

We would love to hear your views on how the Forum is doing.

Please would you all take just a few moments to answer 8 simple questions.

Your views and feedback are essential to the success of your Forum.Please use this link to start the survey:

Thank you
Seagulls and litter in the town centre

At the latest Forum a point was raised about seagulls attacking rubbish that is put out overnight in the town centre. We queried this with RDC and are pleased to report that a trial of seagull proof sacks has already been undertaken.
About 90 sacks were trialled at the seaward end of Sackville Road, on the western side, as this was one of the areas identified as probably the worst affected. This made an immediate improvement and gained the street sweepers a good hour first thing in the mornings due to not having to remove the scattered debris from seagulls.
Further stocks of seagull proof sacks have now been ordered, and the plan is to put them into use in St Leonard’s Road, Devonshire Road and Western Road.

Monday 31 August gave us the second opportunity to hold a stall at a Bexhill event and meet more people.

At Bexhill 100s’ classic car show, we set up our stall and in addition to promoting the Forum we had a tombola which raised £104.50 for Diabetes UK.

Constitution

The committee have concluded that the value of having a constitution is outweighed by the complexity of agreeing one and, for the time being, feel that we would prefer to leave it on the back burner and focus our attention on everyday business.  We shall return to the formulation of a constitution at a later date.

Survey

Thanks to everyone who responded to the survey about where and when the Forum should meet. The 61 replies told us that the strongest preferences are for Tuesdays, using the same venue each time, within walking distance of the town centre and starting at 6:30 for 7:00 (see the chart below).

We will follow these preferences as far as we can in future though sometimes it may not be possible to do so exactly – and we will also bear in mind where the seconded highest votes represent a substantial number of voters.

1 Preferred day of the week
Monday 6 10%

Tuesday

19

31.67%

Wednesday 9 15%
Thursday 9 15%
Friday 14 23.33%
Saturday 2 3.33%
Sunday 1 1.67%
2 Variation of venue

Same always

37

64.91%

Different each time 20 35.09%
3 Location
Walking distance from centre 27 45%
Away from centre 5 8.33%

Don’t mind

28

46.67%

4 Preferred start time
Weekdays 6:00 for 6:30 15 24.59%

Weekdays 6:30 for 7:00

22

36.07%

Weekdays 7:00 for 7:30 18 29.51%
Weekends 10:00 for 10:30 1 1.64%
Weekends 10:30 for 11:00 5 5%
Weekends 11:00 for 11:30 0 0%
2015 AGM

This is a reminder that the Forum’s AGM will take place on Friday 17 July; formal start at 7:00pm; informal chat and refreshments from 6:30pm.

It will take place at St John’s on the corner of London Road and Victoria Road.
As the Forum’s constitution is to be formally signed off at the AGM please make sure that all comments, suggestions and feedback have been submitted, either directly to this email address or via the Forum’s website, by Wednesday 24 June at the latest.  All input received will be shared at the meeting and a final version agreed.
Friday 22nd saw a great evening with a whole range of displays about what goes on in Bexhill plus three speakers telling us about plans and prospects for our town.

We had displays by Bexhill Wheelers, Bexhill Alliance, the Rowing Club, Town Team, Motofest, Bexhill 100, Roaring 20s, Festival of the Sea plus BRAG (Bexhill Rail ACtion Group) and Railfuture.

Our new MP, Huw Merriman, came along for the evening and introduced himself before the speakers gave their very interesting and informative presentations.

Ray Chapman described a future with high speed rail service connecting Bexhill directly into London.  Howard Martin talked about the way forward for the Chamber of Commerce and how it aims to become more inclusive across all the town in future.  Finally Chloe De Renzy-Martin updated us on the link road, taking us through how it was planned and prepared, progress made and what the final stages are up to completion – which is hoped to be this autumn.

The executive committee are very grateful to everyone who put in so much t make it a really good event and look forward to many more like it in the future.

Sunday 24th May was our first time at an outside event with our new stall.

We went along to Pooches on the Prom with our new stall to introduce ourselves to more residents of Bexhill – the Forum’s members!  We are especially pleased that our tombola was very successful and we now have a very respectable sum to donate to Demelza as a result.

25 May – we can now confirm that the profit from the tombola was £80.42 and a cheque is now on its way to Demelza.