Committee to discuss future governance of Bexhill


Committee to discuss future governance of Bexhill

The way in which Bexhill should be governed in the future will be discussed by a committee after more than 9,000 people shared their views.

The Overview and Scrutiny Committee will meet on Monday, November 27 to discuss the results of the consultation and make recommendations on the next steps.

A consultation closed on October 31 after it was extended by Rother District Council to encourage more people to take part. The responses are now being checked and recorded.

Due to the detailed discussions that are expected to take place the Overview and Scrutiny Committee will meet earlier than planned, at 4pm, to discuss the review. Other business will be dealt with in a second session starting at 6.30pm.

"It is important that councillors and officers can focus fully on the future governance of Bexhill without  discussion being cut short because of the need to deal with other council business," said Malcolm Johnston, executive director at Rother District Council.

The consultation asked residents, local business owners and organisations to give their views on way Bexhill is governed.

Options included no change, the creation of a parish council for Bexhill, the creation of a Bexhill Area Committee and the creation of four parish councils. All options would be in addition to the district council.

The Overview and Scrutiny Committee will make recommendations to Cabinet and Council, where a final decision will be made.

The meeting on Monday, November 27, will be held at Bexhill Town Hall and is open to members of the public.

To find out more about the review and options, the process so far and the responses to the consultation, visit

At a meeting on Thursday, November 9, the Steering Group agreed that all four options should go forward for discussion at the Overview and Scrutiny Committee. A motion to only put option 2, a town council for Bexhill, forward was defeated.


Published on Thursday, November 9, 2017

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