Neighbourhood Plan referendum

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This advice draws on instructions issued by the Rother Elections Unit.

Voting papers are on their way to Rye constituents ready for the Referendum on the adoption of the Rye Neighbourhood Plan to be held on Thursday June 27, 2019 to decide on the question below:

‘Do you want Rother District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Rye to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?’

For those who are not on the register of Rye electors, applications to be included on the register of electors for this referendum must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Town Hall, Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex, TN39 3JX by Tuesday June 11, 2019.

New applications for, or amendments or cancellations of postal votes and amendments or cancellations of existing proxy votes must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Town Hall, Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex, TN39 3JX by 5pm on Wednesday June 12, 2019.

Applications to vote by proxy at this election must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Town Hall, Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex, TN39 3JX by 5pm on Wednesday June 19, 2019.

Applications to vote by proxy at this election applied for on grounds of physical incapacity, or because of work reasons, that occurred after 5pm on Wednesday June 19 2019, must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Town Hall, Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex, TN39 3JX by 5pm on Thursday June 27, 2019.

The voting arrangements are expected to be as for a local election.

Copies of the plan remain in the Rye Library and Rye Town Hall. Summaries can be found in the latest Fixtures. Full details are on the Rother Neighbourhood Plan webpage or the Rye Neighbourhood Plan website.

If you want to be part of a process to shape Rye’s future then do please VOTE on June 27.

Image Credits: Rye Town Council.

2 COMMENTS

  1. I know that many years of effort have gone into developing Rye’s Neighbourhood Plan. Dr Kimber, the Local Plan team and Rye Town Council should be congratulated on a fine piece of work, which seeks to offer guidance and a framework for sensible and appropriate development of the town — correctly described as “an ancient town of national historic importance and high architectural value”. Without this Plan, Rye will be, in effect, exposed to untrammelled development. In my view, it’s vital that Rye people approve it on 27 June. As someone who’s been involved in planning issues for my small area of Rye/Playden for a couple of years, I can assure residents that NOT having a Neighbourhood Plan presents a major obstacle for those of us struggling to protect our local area from inappropriate development. Amazingly, developers are even targeting villages which have been given no housing allocations by Rother DC. Planning is something that affects everyone’s quality of life as well as the natural environment — and so I urge people to look at Rye’s Neighbourhood Plan and I certainly hope it will be approved on the 27th of this month. Thank you.

  2. I endorse David Worwood’s comments. The excellent RNP, once adopted, will not only protect the town from unsuitable developments, but will also encourage appropriate development in areas where welcomed by residents. Please turn out to vote!

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