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
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
Community Governance Review
Malcolm Johnston, Rother District Council, Chief Executive Director Resources
Trevor Leggo, Chief Executive, Sussex and Surrey Associations of Local Councils
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
Minutes of 18th Nov 2016 BTF Business Meeting, Pelham Community Cafe, Bexhill
Open Forum: members to speak for 5 minutes maximum
Here is the agenda for this Friday’s forum – a busy, varied and interesting evening ahead for us.
Friday 26 February 2016
St Peter’s Community Centre, Bexhill Old Town
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:
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.
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.
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|
|2 Variation of venue|
|Different each time||20||35.09%|
|Walking distance from centre||27||45%|
|Away from centre||5||8.33%|
|4 Preferred start time|
|Weekdays 6:00 for 6:30||15||24.59%|
Weekdays 6:30 for 7:00
|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%|
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.
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.