At its Cabinet meeting on Monday November 4, Rother District Council (RDC) agreed not to dispose of the old putting green area of the Salts on a 25 year lease.
The surprise decision means the wild flower meadow proposed by Rye Amenity CIC will not now go ahead.
RDC was concerned that Rye Town Council had not responded to the consultation “nor been specifically consulted and the wishes of the local residents for this piece of land was were unknown.” The Cabinet also felt that the Salts is not the correct location for a wild flower meadow and that the land could be put to better community use.
The meeting heard that four letters of objection had been received which contained the objections of: unsightly; weed control; long-term maintenance; lack of consultation; lease details; public access, and setting precedent for future disposals.
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