Scallop week starts here and now

The town will be filled this week with the aroma of scallops: pan-fried, in risotto, crispy battered, with poached pears, butternut squash. The choice is huge. And if you like music to wash them down, there's plenty of gigs, too

A happy 103rd birthday

One of the town's oldest residents, David Wilkinson, whose military career took him to danger spots in many parts of the world, celebrated his birthday this week among family and friends

Birth of a new pressure group

A fresh start has been made by members of what was - until a short time ago - the Campaign for a Democratic Rye. This week activists gathered to work out how they will help to make the most of the town that they are so proud to live in. John Howlett reports . . .

Developers win planning row

Dismayed residents of Meryon Court have learnt that Rother District Council planners have given the developers of 53 Cinque Ports Street retrospective approval for the changes made to the original plans, seemingly without regard to their protests

Rye Bay guide, hot off the press

The 2015 edition of the Rye Bay guide is now available, with lots of useful editorial, adverts and information on how to reach the area, where to stay and what to do. The guide is produced by volunteers and can be picked up from leading retailers in Rye and farther afield

FixMyStreet pleads Winchelsea

As the roads and pavements in Winchelsea continue to deteriorate, frustrated residents complain that no one is interested in genuinely tackling the problem. So local conservation lobby Winchelsea Heritage is making sure East Sussex knows exactly what needs to be done

East Sussex carries on cutting

As the squeeze on funding from central government continues, East Sussex's spending plans for the year ahead see a cut of £18 million. This brings savings made...

Rail shame ‘is customers’ fault’

The annual customer satisfaction survey by "Which?" magazine shows that Southern Railway, which runs trains from Hastings and Rye, and Southeastern, which runs the HS1 from Ashford, are two of the worst three rail companies in the country in terms of customer satisfaction. Southern is keeping quiet but Southeastern blames its customers

Bridge over peaceful waters

A solution has been found to bridging the gap over the river Brede at Sedlescombe. The new lightweight footbridge is the first of its kind...

Skills and ideas to mull over

Members of the Campaign for a Democratic Rye have been pondering how to go forward. Here are some of the answers they made to a questionnaire - seeking ideas and skills - handed out at their recent annual meeting

Its time will come again

Last autumn, the Herald & Heart clock stopped, short but it will go again. Its inner workings are being lovingly restored and soon will be back on the High Street creating time for locals and tourists alike.

Network Rail on track for once

As works began on bridge repairs at Rye station, locals feared that come Monday, travel chaos would be on the cards. But Network Rail managed to complete it on schedule

React in safety tour of Dungeness

The ageing nuclear power station Dungeness B is to go on generating until 2028, EDF announced last month. Rye's risk assessment team React went to see the station for itself. Here is Anthony Kimber's report

Graham’s Way gets final go-ahead

The final stretch of the cycle and pedestrian path commissioned following the tragic death of cyclist Graham Mathews in 2004 has finally been given the all clear now that issues over the availability of additional land and funding have been resolved

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