Town meets to question council

Rye Town Council with the then Mayor (top row, centre) face the public at the Town Meeting two years ago

Rye’s Annual Town Meeting will be held on Wednesday  April 4 at the Tilling Green Community Centre in Mason Road for the Mayor’s overview and an open session for questions, concerns, and other issues from 7pm. It will be preceded by a drop-in session, also in the centre, on Rye’s Neighbourhood Plan from 6pm to 7pm.
Doors open for the drop-in session at 5:45 pm and registration starts for the Town Meeting at 6:30pm.
Following extensive consultation since mid-2013 the Town Council invites those who live, work or study in Rye to attend the “drop-in” to view the draft Neighbourhood Plan and discuss any aspects of it with members of the Plan’s Steering Group.
The plan, which is currently up for consultation, and its supporting documents can be viewed at and paper copies – as well as response forms for comments – can be viewed at the Tilling Green Community Centre, Rye Library in the High Street, or the Town Hall in Market Street.
The Town Meeting is the annual opportunity to meet the current Mayor, Councillor Jonathan Breeds, your Town, District and County Councillors, and discuss issues affecting the town with them and other townsfolk.
The meeting is for Rye Parish Local Government electors but is open to the general public and the press.
(Source: Rye Town Council)

Rye News Library


  1. The draft Rye Neighbourhood plan is the culmination of years of dedicated work by Anthony Kimber and his team. It reflects a love of Rye and for the most part an understanding of the needs of its residents. As I will be abroad on April the 4th, I am sending in my comments on the form provided in the library where I read the core papers.
    I would like to state here however that I am appalled and flabbergasted at the suggested prices for the new terraced houses/properties being thrown up on Rock Channel.
    At almost £1 million pounds for these houses beggars belief and I can only assume that they have been hastily built before the neighbourhood plan is agreed as in no way do they reflect the stated need both in the plan and national policy for affordable housing. I have been advised by a reliable source that the company responsible for this build has built a limited number of properties so as to avoid the need for 30% of affordable homes in a planning application. I also hear that these houses have moorings. New Winchelsea Road have riparian rights and moorings too but this impacts little on the valuations of the houses.

  2. It is important to give credit where it is due, and I would like to echo Julia Farrington’s comments about the team of people behind our Neighbourhood Plan. Having been involved in the formulation of a Neighbourhood Plan elsewhere in East Sussex, I know what a huge amount of work goes into it. Anthony Kimber and his team are to be congratulated for the dedication and diligence they have shown in developing this plan for the benefit of the whole community. Thank you.


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