Planning row: answers at last

In the dispute over the development of 53 Cinque Ports Street, Rye, two questions have repeatedly been raised. Who gave the go-ahead for work to begin and which plan were builders working to? The answers - just days from a site visit by Rother's planning committee - seem, finally, to be clear. Tony Nunn reports

Business help for women

Following on from the roll-out of super-fast broadband, East Sussex County Council is promoting the Government's Swift project, which is designed specifically for women to give potential entrepreneurs and business owners training in computer-based techniques and business programs

The CDR is dead – long live CDR II

The Campaign for a Democratic Rye might have been dissolved at its recent annual meeting, but the members will carry on working to raise the profile of Rye, establishing its status as a great place to live and a wonderful venue to visit. They'll be doing it with a new focus, greater vigour and renewed enthusiasm - and under a different title

Buoyed up at Rock Channel Marine

Rock Channel Marine has been trading in Rye for nine years now and is firmly established as one of Rye's premier boatyards and maintenance...

Town steward tackles grot-spots

Fed up with its decaying appearance, Rye has appointed its first town steward. Nicky Ledger, a local man, is busy cleaning up the streets, solving problems and making our town a better place in which to live and to visit

More give than take on Marshlink

A faster, direct rail service to London is jam tomorrow - if it comes off. For now, commuters on the Marshlink line would settle for a service they could count on and for rail operators to keep them in the loop when things go wrong. Stuart Harland went to the rail summit to get a handle on what goes on

Rye has a new Christmas wish list

It was the talk of the town: a poor, poor show last December. Too much fell on too few shoulders. But Rye's mayor and her citizens want to go to the ball again. Together they will forge a new, brighter, dreamy Xmas that we can all be proud of. Derick Holman and the town clerk give us the inside story

Making quick work of potholes

The county council has employed new technology to help keep our roads in good order. Jetpatcher, a device that cleans out crevices with a blast of high-pressure air before filling them, enabled more than twice as many repairs to be completed in the last three months of the year, at a fraction of the cost

Tourist centre’s glory short lived

Despite being a winner in the Beautiful South awards, the Tourist Information Centre in Lion Street won't be able to compete in the nationwide competition as by then it will have closed down. Sad news for the staff and their supporters, but it does mean there are some bargains to be picked up before the last day of opening on March 7

Warm welcome for WI blankets

The "knit and natter" group of the Landgate Womens' Institute, which meets once a month, gets a lot of knitting done among all the nattering, writes...

Winchelsea loses sole tea shop

Want to get a cup of tea in Winchelsea? Forget it. There is no longer a tea room in town. The latest closure continues the downward spiral of the businesses operated by Winchelsea Farm Foods, a trading subsidiary of a charity run by local retired hedge fund manager Stephen Rumsey

Recruitment drive at Pontin’s

The Rye Partnership Rural Employability Project is supporting Pontin's with a recruitment drive on Tuesday January 27 to fill 25 local vacancies at the Camber Sands' park, writes Flora Williams.

Charities cheque-in at town hall

A large cheque was distributed between 10 deserving groups earlier this week, when members of the Rye Fund and its awards panel joined the most recent recipients of its annual grants for a celebration at the town hall

But who said: ‘Yes, build it’?

Rye rejoiced when plans were approved for a modern development of shops and new homes on the site of the town centre's eyesore in Cinque Ports Street. Now there is acrimony as residents and others accuse the developers of making unauthorised changes to the works and of showing a blatant disrespect for planning approval

Train timetable derailed

Why have there been so many cancellations recently and why does Southern Rail leave it till the last minute to alert travellers? The Marsh Link Action Group is looking for answers and, more importantly, solutions

Loading bay: 10 mins only

Rye's experimental loading bay in the High Street came into force on Friday February 6, writes Tony Nunn. It means goods vehicles have sole access...

Primary passes with flying colours

Northiam primary school has received a glowing report from Ofsted. In 2013 it was one of the county's schools earmarked as requiring special measures, so the judgment after its recent inspection is all the more remarkable

Kino welcomes its first customers

Five films, comfy seats, good food and a well stocked bar are bound to attract cinema fans but, before the doors were opened to the punters, invited guests flocked in to watch "Testament of Youth" and to toast the opening of Kino Rye

Thumbs up to ‘idyllic’ Rye

The latest article on the Guardian's website's "Let's Go To. . . " travel series is about Rye, writes Tony McLaughlin. In her feature Clare...

Winter clothes appeal for Iraq

Refugees in Iraq are living in the most appalling conditions, often in freezing temperatures. We can help them by donating warm clothes, shoes, towels and duvets via St Mary's church, Rye