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Question 07/21

Q: In Sidley woods at the bottom of the rec a few years ago a bridge was built by one of your employees. After me asking, the man who built it kindly put ramps either side which has enabled me to…

A: The wire mesh on the bridge had been damaged and become a trip hazard so it was removed. Idverde were unable to repair it at the time. The ramped ends of the bridge have now been damaged which we were…

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Question 06/21

Q: I note in that RDC are reviewing the daily parking charges for Gibbet Marsh in Rye and considering a substantial reduction to encourage visitors to use it. How will this affect resident permits? It would be fair to presume they…

A: There is a proposal in progress to reduce the Council car parking charge in Gibbets Marsh to £2/day but it has yet to be approved by Members. The cost of a car park parking permit is £323.00 per annum which…

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Question 05/21

Q: Is it possible to install signage on Cooden beach reminding dog owners to keep their animals under control or on a lead?  Could an area of Cooden Beach be made “dog free” or “dog must be on a lead” for…

A: There is a large beach safety sign located on the beach adjacent to the Cooden Beach roundabout which does display information reminding dog owners that they must clean up after their dogs and keep them under control at all times.…

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Question 04/21

Q: I refer to the statement on the RDC website “We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website”.  Also to the voice over option on the website to assist partially sighted people. Both laudable moves…

A: The council brought in charges to certain car parks in the district that were felt to be most likely impacted by the introduction of on-street parking charges by East Sussex County Council. The quickest method to introduce charges was by…

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Question 03/21

Q: Good morning my planning runs out later this year my builder now cannot do my extension on 14/04/2021 as planned due to COVID-19 he’s saying next year can you please extend my closing date till same time next year please.…

A: Due to the effects of the global Coronavirus pandemic, planning law was changed by Government in 2020. Existing planning permissions (including outline permission) and listed building consents that had a time limit for implementation between 23 March 2020 and 31…

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Question 02/21

Q: Why are camper vans allowed to stay on the beach for months and years on the beach at Cooden both by fishing hits and next to beach huts. Why are the parties and bonfires not prosecuted. Why are water ski…

A: Thank you for your feedback regarding the activities on Cooden Beach, many sections of which is in private ownership, and we share your concerns on many of the points you raise. I will address each of your questions in turn:-…

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Question 01/21

Q: The issue of litter and fly tipping seems to be getting worse across the county and along all the roads and verges. When will the council working with county and local stakeholders start to address this issue with a joined…

A: Thank you for your enquiry and I am sorry that you have felt the need to raise your query regarding litter. It is true to say that Rother District Council has seen an increase in fly tipping in 2020 compared…

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Question 24/20

Q: I am impressed that we are due a black bin collection on Xmas Day (according to your w/s). When might we get 2021’s calendar (not yet on your w/s)? (08/12/2020)

A: We are planning on publishing the calendars by Monday at the latest (my alerts, website etc). (08/12/2020)

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Question 23/20

Q: To save the need for a FOI request. Are you able to please disclose the amount of fines for dog fouling that were enforced over the past 5 years to date? (Bexhill specifically).  Thank you. (15/11/2020)

A: The total amount of dog fouling fines enforced over the past five years is nil. (16/11/2020)

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Question 22/20

Q: I note the proposal to exempt the car park in front of the council offices from charges midweek, unlike all other council owned car parks. Whilst I recognise the need for improved parking control/ traffic management in Bexhill, I do…

A: The parking area in front of Bexhill Town Hall is not currently available for general public use. On weekdays, the car park is primarily reserved for Councillors and visitors to the Town Hall. On weekends and bank holidays, when the…

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