Town forum attendees warned to watch manners

A warning has been issued to members of the public attending Bexhill Town Forum next Tuesday evening to watch their behaviour.

A Code of Conduct has been drawn up asking all attendees to treat everyone present - including Rother District Council representatives - with care and respect.

This follows on from the last meeting which saw feelings run high on a number of local issues including Next Wave spending and the new seafront shelter design.

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The code of conduct states: “The use of abusive, threatening, dangerous, inflammatory or violent behaviour and foul or abusive language at any meeting will not be tolerated at any time.

“Anyone found to be behaving in such a way will be requested to leave by the Chairman.”

This code forms part of the new Constitution, Making The Most of Meetings, put together by the executive committee which proposes to allow consitutional matters to be its responsibility rather than take up “valuable” time at meetings.

The Forum will be asked if it approves the consitutional changes and vote on its adoption.

Also up for discussion at the meeting which starts at 6.30pm at the De La Warr Pavilion is the regeneration of Bexhill with ideas invited on how this might be achieved.

Members of the public are asked to make suggestions and each speaker will have two minutes. Their suggestions will not be debated but passed directly to the council.

Chairman Paul Plim commented: “At this forum we are asking for people to come forward and give their ideas as to how or indeed if Bexhill should be regenerated.”

He said the meeting was about discussing improvements should Rother District Council should be looking to bring about, and finding out what the people of Bexhill want.

He added: “Suggestions will all be passed on to the council and comments as to their merits good or bad will be required from the council.

“The changes in our terms of reference is really just to tidy up things up a bit and give the forum some boundaries.”

Anyone who wishes to speak at the Forum should contact Mrs Carolyn Turner, Democratic Services officer on 01424 787814, or email [email protected]

There will be no Question Time at this meeting.