May elections will include Bexhill council vote

Bexhill residents will go to the polls in May next year to elect councillors for their new town council.

Following a review of how the town is governed, which included two public consultations, councillors approved plans for an 18-member council to be established when it met on September 21. 

Although the new authority will be a parish council, one of the first items of business for the new councillors will be to agree that the council be styled as a town council.

The decision will see the end of the Bexhill Charter Trustees and the town council – made up of nine wards, will discuss responsibilities within Bexhill with Rother District Council.

Cllr Christine Bayliss, portfolio holder for regeneration and Bexhill affairs, said: “The creation of a town council has been a desire for many residents in the town for some time, and I am delighted that we have finally been able to agree a way forward.

“The town council will bring local decision making closer to the residents and help them feel more involved in issues that affect them.”

Once established after the May elections, the town council will work with the district council to agree what powers and responsibilities should be transferred to the new authority.   Feedback from the public consultations will be taken into account before a decision is made.

Elections in May 2021 will include district and town councils.  The town council election will automatically be added to a ballot paper of those Bexhill residents registered to vote.

Those not registered are urged to do so by updating information sent to households by Rother District Council or visiting www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

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Published: 12th October 2020