Exchanges enlivened this year’s annual meeting of Rye Partnership when chairman Keith Glazier was confronted with questions from Anthony Kimber and organic farmer Christopher Strangeways. They wanted to know more about the money trail of the Partnership’s projects: a spending breakdown in detail because the accounts presented lacked the detail sought. At one stage Glazier described a £96,000 loss as “not major”, not one that gave the Partnership “any concern” though he did promise that a breakdown of that loss would be sent to Strangeways - a week later that promise has, as yet, to be kept. It also became apparent, after the meeting, that Rye’s town hall has never received minutes of any Partnership meeting. “No reports, summaries or minutes are sent/received,” said Richard Farhall, the Town Clerk. Neither do councillors on the board represent the town council. Sam Soustser says he represents Rother, Jo Kirkham says she represents Rye Voluntary Services
The debate between directors of Rye Partnership, members and the public had no flash points but there were clear areas of concern. These included Tilling Green's new community centre, projects and financial losses. We publish some of the exchanges word-by-word . . .
Limited tourist information services will move to the Rye Heritage Centre on Strand Quay following the Lion Street office closure. While visitors to the town will find answers to their enquiries, phone calls and email requests will be handled by The 1066 Country website
For several nights, residents of the Ancient Town have found themselves cut off from Rye by roadworks on the A259 and having to get home via Pett. This is despite assurances from the Highways Agency and its contractor that they would be escorted in and out of the village.
Everyone in Winchelsea agrees that the Pipewell Gate, which stands at the corner of the town overlooking Ferry Hill, is in urgent need of repair. Winchelsea Corporation, which owns the monument, claims that in order to get grants they must cater for visitors. But there is mounting concern among some residents that the Corporation's plans look a touch too Disney.
Rye Studio School students visit New York to study art, drama and retail skills; learn about every aspect of opera including costume design as a follow-up to the Rye Arts Festival; and acquire work placement experience in order to focus both on academic exams and future job opportunities
In a scheme believed to cost not less than £15 million, the Environment Agency has just published plans to strengthen flood defences on the east bank of the Rother which will further protect homes in New Road and Kings Avenue. But funding is not guaranteed and it will be seeking 'contributions'
Tilling Green's old school is being replaced with 30 new homes and a new community centre. But while the community grows, with Valley Park eventually adding another 161 homes, the proposed new centre is shrinking. Current plans leave the community with about a third of the space it currently has, while the Rye Partnership takes over half the building. Alternatives are being proposed - and questions asked