Questions from 2016

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Questions from 2016

In this section, you will find questions to the Leader from 2016.

  • Question 28/16

    Q. I was wondering why RDC needed to squander over £1200 giving free parking on Gibbet Marsh to tourists in support of the Christmas festivities in Rye? Every year my permit goes up by 20% to park my vehicle on this car park. What can't the same generosity be shown to local taxpayers? We're told every year that charges needed to be raised above inflation to maintain car parks. Why couldn't parking charges be as normal and the council earn badly needed cash? (12/12/2016)

  • Question 27/16

    Q. Should the very tall crane on the building site in Sea Road, Bexhill have a light on the top? (02/12/2016)

  • Question 26/16

    Q. We are a young married couple who recently bought a semi-detached property in a lovely area of Bexhill.

  • Question 25/16

    Q. Is there a "service level" between councillors and their constituents as to how long a councillor should take to reply to any correspondence? (29/10/2016)

  • Question 24/16

    Q. After the death of the 14-year-old boy in Calais yesterday, there have been many calls for the national Government to do more immediately to take in refugee children, as agreed under the Dubs Amendment. However, as I understand it, part of the responsibility also lies with local councils, as it is down to councils to say how many refugee children they are willing to accept. I would like to ask whether you have committed to welcoming child refugees, and if so how many. I have just returned from 8 weeks volunteering with refugees in Chios, where I met many children desperate to continue their lives. Even if we cannot help the children stuck in Chios, I would be proud of Rother if you were able to help those now in Calais or elsewhere in Europe. (21/09/2016)

  • Question 23/16

    Q. I notice that there have been several issues raised about the poor performance of the contractors Kier, over the past 2 years, who are responsible for delivering the East Sussex Joint Waste Partnership 10-year contract awarded in 2012.

  • Question 22/16

    Q. Please could you tell me if it possible to buy land from Rother council to build a homes for local residents. There is brownfield sites located all over Bexhill which are not used at all. So why not let those who cannot afford to buy in this over inflated housing market build their own homes. People who have grown up here and went to schools around here have no option but to rent and see their dream of owning their own home moving further away by each passing year. So why not help us out and not let the land fall into the hands of developers and land bankers who's only interest is profits. (31/08/2016)

  • Question 21/16

    Q. Are you going to organise a 'new' energy switch again. It was very successful last time and people saved on their energy bills; that scheme has now expire. (25/08/2016)

  • Question 20/16

    Q. Please could you let me know what's happening with the Wetherspoons development in Western Road. This site has been boarded up for many months now and is becoming quite an eye-sore. (24/07/2016)

  • Question 19/16

    Q. Can you tell me why the council does not have qualified beach lifeguards on our beaches? The term 'Beach Patrol' is misleading to the public and gives the impression Rother employs lifeguards. Surely in light of recent events it is time to accept the council has a duty of care to water users. Would it not be reasonable for people who spend up to £10 to park (at Camber) to expect qualified lifeguards on 'Beach patrol'. (24/07/2016)

  • Question 18/16

    Q. Please can you tell me why for the past 4 collections mine and others in my area have not had the garden bins collected on the dedicated day. If they can't collect on the day why have we not been notified? I feel that it needs sorting out so we can organise our bins so they are not just left out on the pavement, which in its self can be a hazard to pedestrians in the dark. As stated the garden bins have not been collected on the right day for the past 4 collections. (05/07/2016)

  • Question 17/16

    Q. I note that the recycling facility on Gibbet Marsh, Rye is overflowing again. People just dumping stuff because they can't get it in the bins. When are RDC going to address the problem of recycling in Rye? (04/07/2016)

  • Question 16/16

    Q. I bought a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV on 27 June 2016. To my horror I have just found out that there are absolutely no EV charging points in Bexhill on Sea. The nearest charging points are in Eastbourne and St. Leonard's.

  • Question 15/16

    Q. Is there a limit to the number of years a councillor can serve on the same committee, and is there a limit to the number of years a chairman can lead the same committee? (31/05/2016)

  • Question 14/16

    Q. Why does the former parks office at Bexhill cemetery, Turkey Road stand forlorn and unloved (and unused)? It makes more sense to me to dispose of that than the delightful St. Mary's Wood opposite. (15/05/2016)

  • Question 13/16

    Q. Councillor Maurice Watson has transferred to the Conservative party. Please can you advise whether he was elected by the Sidley constituents in May 2015 for his personality or his politics. I assume it was for the latter and therefore when can we expect another election for the Sidley ward? Thank you. (19/05/2016)

  • Question 12/16

    Q. The recycling centre on Gibbet Marsh, Rye car park is now overflowing - bottles stacked up in the area, plastics and tins left beside the main bin plus fly tipping of old TVs and other rubbish. When are RDC going to get a grip of the situation? Please see my question number 10. (09/05/2016)

  • Question 11/16

    Q. Could you please tell me what the situation is with the old 'Bungalow Cafe' (Diner) on the A259 Barnhorn Road. This has been in it's current unsightly state for a number of years now and is not a welcome introduction to Bexhill for those entering from the west. (30/04/2016)

  • Question 10/16

    Q. Now that the recycling facility has gone from Jempsons car park in Rye, are there plans to replace it somewhere else? The one on Gibbet Marsh is now overflowing. (13/04/2016)

  • Question 09/16

    Q. when is something going to be done about the phone system. my wife is unable to use the computer and has been trying for two days to get through to the Council Tax dept to pay a bill and for the dept to rectify an error made by the dept after my wife had given the information in August 2015 via the phone. Access via the phone is virtually impossible , not at all customer friendly. whoever set up the system should take a look at bbc1 in the mornings at Wigan Council who take half a million calls from local people for various services and there is a need to remember who pays the local Tax Bills and who the Council staff work for. The present system is very poor. (11/04/2016)

  • Question 08/16

    Q. I am unsure who to contact after a dog attack on my mother a few months ago.

  • Question 07/16

    Q. Why at 09:30 on 30th March 2016 is the telephone line 01424 787000 still saying the offices are closed and then telling me that the opening hours are from 08:30? Thank you. (30/03/2016)

  • Question 06/16

    Q. I asked a question previously - Q31/15. The answer given was incorrect as it was as I had stated not Rother District Councils place to cut the aforementioned hedge. Please be good enough to amend the reply thus. (15/03/2016)

  • Question 05/16

    Q. How often is North Trade Road, Battle, (the A271), swept by the road sweeper. (16/02/2016)

  • Question 04/16

    Q. Thank you for replying to my question (Q3). Your reply does not answer my question, I wanted to know how the license fee of £396 was achieved, which I think is a reasonable question when the license fee has more than doubled in recent years. This year the license fee has again risen by 10% which when taking into account that wages and the CPI are so low is in the opinion of the beach hut owners excessive. Could you please advise why such a increase in the license was necessary. (15/02/2016)

  • Question 03/16

    Q. The charge for sighting a beach hut on the beach has risen again this year by 10% to £396, compared with CPI of 0.1% is there any real justification for such an increase. I understand the charge is made up of VAT, non domestic rates and administration costs, could you please break down these costs individually, plus any other charges that I am not aware of so as I am able to understand how the figure of £396 is reached. Thank you. (08/02/2016)

  • Question 02/16

    Q. Can you tell me why the county council have set a council tax rate of 4% when the consultation period for residents has not yet expired let alone you having the time to see our observations so this was a pointless exercise in consulting us YET AGAIN (10/02/2016)

  • Question 01/16

    Q. My aged mother-in law (88yrs) is extremely poorly served by the refuse collection contractor for Beckley. She is supposed to have an assisted collection. In spite of persistent complaints to the 'team' about her bin being missed they continue to do so. Why is the contractor not being taken to task over this issue ? I know you should not be expected to get involved in this sort of thing, but we are sick of trying to get it resolved for her. (27/01/2016)

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