The Friends of the Landgate held their inaugural public meeting on January 21. The purpose of the meeting was to gauge support and to better understand the viewpoints of residents and businesses in Rye.
Over 30 people attended. Gillian Roder, who first set up the small volunteer group, described the aims as “to work with stakeholders and interested parties and individuals to secure a viable future for the Landgate”. Gillian made it clear that it was not the aim to try and take over ownership in any way, whilst working positively with Rother District Council (RDC) to ensure a future for this historic building.
It was explained that the Landgate is not on the Heritage “At Risk” Register, held by Historic England, and a number of attendees spoke about RDC’s recent stakeholder meeting and the ˜Outline Vision” report, prepared by Thomas Ford and Company.
There were many views expressed by those attending, especially about the political framework in which the Landgate sits. The outcome was an agreement to continue to work with stakeholders and local authorities to explore a sustainable future for the Landgate.
It was clear from the meeting that there was strong support for the Friends of the Landgate to continue. Updates of any progress will be made as and when there is news. If anyone would like to be informed, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo: Gillian Roder