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Chance to ask questions on Bexhill governance review

People in Bexhill are being offered the chance to put questions to members of the steering group which is reviewing how the town is governed.

The next meeting of the steering group for Rother District Council's Community Governance Review for Bexhill will be held in public for the first time.

The meeting, on Wednesday, February 22 at 2pm will feature a public question and answer session to address matters relating to the process of the review.

Questions must be submitted in advance by Friday, February 10 and can only relate to issues such as how the review is run and how decisions are made.

Comments and suggestions about options for governance of Bexhill will not be accepted, but can be submitted via the ongoing consultation and will influence draft recommendations for further consultation, to be drawn up later this year.

Robin Patten, independent chairman of the steering group, said: "There is a lot of local interest on this subject and it is important to allow the public to come along, watch the review in action and get answers to any questions relating to how the process works."

Questions can be submitted by emailing democraticservices@rother.gov.uk or by picking up a form from the Community Help Point at Bexhill Town Hall.

As well as answering questions, the group will receive an update on the progress of the review to date, a summary of responses already received and any common emerging themes.

The review is looking at all options for how Bexhill is governed, including the role existing institutions could play and the possibility of setting up a new area committee, town or parish councils.

The initial consultation runs until Friday, March 31, with a further consultation on the draft proposals to follow later in the year ahead of a final decision by a vote of the full council.

Community engagement events have already been held at the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill Leisure Centre and Sidley Friendship Club, while officers have also attended community meetings of Bexhill Alliance and Bexhill Town Forum to help spread the word.

People can find more information about the various options and take part in an online questionnaire at www.rother.gov.uk/CommunityGovernanceReview

They can also submit their views by emailing consultations@rother.gov.uk, joining the discussion on Twitter at https://twitter.com/RDCconsult or writing to Bexhill Community Governance Review, Rother District Council, Town Hall, Bexhill TN39 3JX.

 

Published Friday, January 20, 2017

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