The process for securing a successor to the late John Izod‘s seat on the Council is in train. The required number of demands for a by-election rather than a simple co-option have been received and this is provisionally planned for July 28. While the alternative to an election – co-opting a new councillor – is without significant cost to the Town, a by-election is likely to cost around £4,600 or, if polling cards are not issued, £3,600.
Proceeds from the sale of Camber Fields will go into the Rother District Council Capital Receipts Fund which can disburse money only to revenue-generating assets. This money cannot, as had been requested, therefore go towards maintenance of the Landgate but Rother advise that they are seeking other ways to provide an equivalent sum [Editor’s note: Rye News hears that RDC Councillor Lord Ampthill has undertaken to see that this happens].
The Council understands that Rye Partnership are looking into funding from the Coastal Communities Fund towards a feasibility study regarding future development of Rock Channel. The town council are not availing themselves of this opportunity. The application process is quite onerous and although employing Consultants/Specialists to submit these applications is possible, it is not being considered at this time.
A committee bites the dust
For practical reasons the Public Services Committee has been discontinued. It no longer serves its original purpose and residual functions will come under the purview of other Council Committees where necessary.
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