Rother is celebrating 50 years of Public Service!

In one of the most significant Acts of the Heath Government of 1970-74, new legislation was introduced designed to reduce the number of Councils and introduce a two-tier level of local government to cover both urban and rural areas.

As a result of the new Act, on the 1st April 1974, the three councils of Battle Rural District, Bexhill Municipal Borough and Rye Municipal Borough were combined to form a new District Council to service the Rother area, the area taking its name from the River Rother that runs through it.

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Engerton Park entrance

Local services remain of vital importance to the residents of Rother and to this end there remains 34 Parish and Town Councils to service the specific local needs of our residents.

The last 50 years have seen an incredible amount of change and this will no doubt continue for the next 50 years.

A photo of the front of Battle Abbey
Oastbrook Vineyard

Through all the challenges and successes that we experience, our core aim throughout all this time is to deliver the best service we can to all our residents, and deliver a strategy that puts people first.

Published: 28th March 2024

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