Ask the Leader

Question 20/21

Q: I’m writing to ask you to make the council’s climate action plan as robust as possible. I’m deeply concerned about the extreme weather we’ve experienced this summer. The UK is now getting hit by floods and heatwaves, sometimes within days…

A: Thank you for your letter requesting the Council make the Council Climate Action plan as robust as possible. The Council is equally concerned about the changes experienced in weather patterns, across both the UK and globally. This is why the…

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Question 19/21

Q: The public toilets at Winchelsea Beach and Winchelsea Town are locked causing discomfort and embarrassment for those in need. This policy particularly discriminates against women, the elderly and people with disabilities. I ask that these vital facilities are reopened. Thank…

A: The toilets at Winchelsea and Winchelsea Beach have had to be closed for significant repairs. Porta loos have been installed behind the existing toilet block at Winchelsea Beach. We aren’t aware of any problems with the porta loos but a…

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Question 18/21

Q: Dear Leader, please let us know the position of Rother Council regarding Afghan refugees coming to the UK. The people of our area will I’m sure, welcome the refugees and will be happy to donate what they need. (25/08/2021)

A: We already have experience in this kind of initiative from the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme and UK Resettlement Scheme that we continue to run successfully. Afghan Relocation Assistance Policy We are playing a full role in this policy. The…

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Question 17/21

Q: As Biffa have been fined for lying about what waste they send to other countries, and not for the first time, when will their contract be cancelled? As they were similarly fined previously why were they awarded the contract for…

A: Biffa has recently made Rother aware of a court case which has begun between the Environment Agency and Biffa plc concerning wastepaper exports for recycling, which Biffa are strongly contesting. We would also make clear that Biffa are not responsible…

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Question 16/21

Q: Why, when there are double yellow lines along the road, do no parking enforcement officers visit herbrand walk TN39 4TX and fine them? Usually at weekends, all day, causing mayhem and blocking the road and even worse, behind our beachhuts…

A: Thank you for your enquiry about parking on double yellow lines at Herbrand Walk. This falls under on-street parking restrictions which are enforced by East Sussex County Council. The parking team can be contacted via the following methods: email the: parking…

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Question 15/21

Q: I note there are comments about the reinstatement of the fountains adjacent to the Del La Warr Pavilion and understand the cost maybe around £300k? I also read that RDC cannot afford the repairs. Isn’t it time that RDC considered…

A: As a designated ancient monument the Council will continue to maintain and repair the Landgate in Rye, in line with its obligations. We are working with the Town Council and other local partners to determine future options for the Landgate…

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Question 14/21

Q: Four years ago councils were given stronger powers to fine rogue landlords who do not keep their properties in fit condition for tenants to live in. Please can you confirm how many civil penalty notices RDC have issued for these…

A: We investigate all complaints received from tenants and will take legal action, in accordance with our private sector housing enforcement policy: https://www.rother.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Private-Sector-Housing-Enforcement-Policy.pdf One civil penalty has been issued. (05/07/2021)

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Question 13/21

Q: Good morning, I recently started a thread on Nextdoor.com (titled ‘Not a very merry go roundabout’) regarding Ravenside Roundabout. One contributor suggested I contact you to find out what the latest is regarding the regeneration of this rather tatty eyesore…

A: We appreciate that the Highways England (HE) roundabout at Ravenside is situated at an important gateway into Bexhill-on-Sea and that its unkempt appearance makes a poor first impression on visitors and has been a cause of resident dissatisfaction for many…

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Question 12/21

Q: As Leader of the Council are you aware of the problems within the Planning Department that are a cause for real concern?  I would appreciate a comment on what is being done to rectify the situation. (29/06/2021)

A: As you will appreciate this is not the service that my staff and I want to offer customers and members of the public, but there are a number of mitigating reasons why we have got to this point. Covid and…

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Question 11/21

Q: In a move towards more areas of meadows to attract bees and insects etc, isn’t time RDC thought about not cutting the grass in some parts of large carparks to encourage wild life? Gibbet Marsh overflow carpark in Rye has…

A: The issue you raise about declining bird and insect populations is a concern shared by the Council and in recent years we have changed the grass cutting regimes at a number of our public open spaces across the district in…

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