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Question 05/20

Q: Due to current events the planning department has requested applicants to agree to a extention of 12 weeks to make a decision. I for one have agreed. This may well assist the planning office but on second thoughts if decisions…

A: The Planning Service is working with agents and stakeholders to maintain a limited service.  However,  it is inevitable that delays will take place.  The officer visits to site as part of the application assessment have now been suspended on Government…

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Question 04/20

Q: I would like to raise concerns regarding the proposed development behind Fryatts Way and Concorde Close. As a resident one of the main reasons for buying our house was it’s rural feel and the lovely views. I found an article…

A: I understand this is a consultation undertaken by the landowner – there is no planning application.  If an application is submitted it will be advertised in the usual way.  The site is not allocated in the current Development and Site…

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Question 03/20

Q: As the Government are stating that all new cars will have to be electrically powered in 15 years time, does the Council have a policy for (a) the introduction of charging points around the district? and (b) will the Council…

A: Thank you for your question.  I trust the following link helps satisfy your enquiry: The Council has recently set up a Climate Change Steering Group https://rother.moderngov.co.uk/mgCommitteeDetails.aspx?ID=250. A draft environment strategy has been produced by this Group, which sets out the Council’s recommendations…

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Question 02/20

Q: It has come to my attention that there have been several posts and comments on Facebook of late, (particularly on the Bexhill on Sea group, and the Bexhill on Sea Politics group) implying some sort of impropriety or rule breaking…

A: I can confirm that there are no formal investigations currently on going into the conduct of any Rother District Councillor. Complaints made to Rother District Council about the conduct of Rother District Councillors and Town and Parish Councillors across the…

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Question 01/20

Q: I am curious to know how a fine of £60 is justified for a parking overstay of 10 minutes. Clearly I was over my ticket time. But £60 for 10 minutes??? I was out with the Rye Runners, a group…

A: The Standard Charge to park in a Rother District Council car park was set at £80 by Councillors in 2005 and has remained static ever since. This charge is not levied if a motorist adheres to the regulations of the…

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Question 18/19

Q: Ref. question 03/19 Future High Streets Fund (FHF) posted in January. RDC posted an answer that an expression of interest in the fund had been made by RDC – my questions are 1. Should the Council be successful in obtaining…

A: Unfortunately we were not successful; and the Expression of Interest (EoI) did not specify projects as it did not require it.   Local Authorities were limited to one town per district and the Council’s EoI related to Bexhill as the district’s…

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Question 17/19

Q: Good morning. Now the alliance have been in place for a quarter I am interested to know which of the many policies all the independents, the greens, the Lib Dem’s, the labour and the independent independent are going to be…

A: Thank you for your interest . As I am sure you will appreciate the first ‘100 days’ created a significant work load with so many new councillors. Additionally the formation of an Alliance Administration provided several new ways of working with…

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Question 16/19

Q: Many homeless people keep dogs for security as well as comfort. Currently only 9% of hostels for homeless people in the UK are dog-friendly, meaning that many dog owners are denied access to shelter and support, simply because they have…

A: Rother District Council will always provide kennelling for dogs when people are forced to use temporary accommodation. It is perhaps illustrative of the extent of the present crisis in housing that there is a significant scarcity of suitable temporary accommodation…

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Question 15/19

Q: As well as many others, there are public use “wheelie” disposal bins in the Bexhill Sainsburys car park and in the small public car park near Tesco’s, in Little Common. They are all overflowing. They clearly have not been emptied…

A: Thank you for concern which is shared by many residents including myself regarding slippage in the collection by the new contractor Biffa of the recycling sites. Officers are liaising with Biffa who in turn are reviewing the collection schedules to…

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Question 14/19

Q: We enjoyed the Bexhill 60’s day last weekend but who pays for the event? If RDC stump up most of it, how is it? (16/07/2019)

A: The 60’s event was supported with a grant from Rother District Council, however you would need to contact the event organisers for a full budget breakdown. (23/07/2019)

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