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Question 10/21

Q: Given the opportunity tourism offers Rother this summer, it is very disappointing that nothing has been done to repair the children’s water fountains beside The Colonnade, Bexhill. For the short period the actually worked, they were a huge success for…

A: We are disappointed that we are not able to offer this facility at present as it was a popular feature along Bexhill seafront.  After much investigation it has been difficult to ascertain exactly where the fault with the fountain arises.…

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Question 09/21

Q: I purchased an electric vehicle at Christmas and work for ESCC based at the Conquest. I have to rely on public charging due to living in a flat.  When will Bexhill fall in line with governments guidelines and actually install…

A: Rother District Council is investigating a range of options to provide electric vehicle charging points in council owned off-street car parks. The electric vehicle charging market is disparate at present, and there are more than 30 different charging networks across…

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Question 08/21

Q: Could you please explain why Rother have ceased to fund ESCC for extra grass cutting services in Bexhill. Is it a coincidence that the four extra cuts per annum stopped when the majority party changed within the district. Kindly also…

A: Thank you for your enquiry. It was agreed by Full Members in 2019 that as a part of the 2020/2021 revenue budget it was sadly no longer affordable to make a contribution to the County Council for the associated costs.…

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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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