Time for more local governance

Cllr Maurice Watson defecting to the Conservatives (without calling a by-election and seeking the backing of his electorate) might provoke residents in Sidley to ask how their elected members look after their interests.

However, there is also the small matter of St Mary’s Wood.  

This piece of land was up for auction, advertised on Savills website and then, just prior to the auction date in May, it was withdrawn.

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Residents who use the wood for leisure activities drew the sale to our attention and we have contacted Rother District Council to determine how it was that the local community were not consulted before this asset was put up for sale.  

This request was made under the Freedom of Information Act.

We have been told that the sale was discussed by our Conservative-led overview and scrutiny committee and then agreed by our cabinet (the majority of whom do not reside in Bexhill) last summer.

Asked why the site was withdrawn from sale apparently our council suddenly realised that this piece of land could a public open space – surely something Sidley’s elected members could have pointed out 12 months ago!

Perhaps, with the imminent boundary changes now would be a time for residents to push for Bexhillians to enjoy a more local style of governance whether it be town council or a separate area committee.

Rachel Hills


Bexhill & Battle

Liberal Democrats

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