A council 'think tank' has new plans for one of Rye's few remaining assets, the Town Hall Cottage: rent it out for holidays. The same councillors appear to be suggesting that the council buys a couple of properties to rent out to young Ryers at an 'affordable' price. Mary Smith isn't so sure and raises a few issues that need thinking about
The town needs new independent councilors, writes Mary Smith. If you live in Rye and are eligible to vote, you can stand as a councillor. Sixteen or more are needed to prevent automatic election of those standing and then co-opting their friends to fill the vacant places
Some have no choice about travelling by bus, where the stops are, what shelter is provided, and how good the connections, let alone how often services run and where they go. The county council is introducing major changes. As a user, who lives in Rye but also has a "home" in Rye Harbour, Charles Harkness reflects on the practical impact of these cuts - and how "cut off" people could become
Carl Maynard, Conservative leader of Rother council, is doing his best to dilute the effects of a second rebuke from Kris Hopkins, the Tory Minister for Local Government. At the heart of the exchange is a dispute about council transparency. Maynard clearly believes this latest rebuke is badly timed: not only does it come from a fellow member of the Conservative Party but it is also just a few weeks away from local and general elections on May 7
The ongoing dispute between Rother council and Kris Hopkins, the Minister for Local Government, flared again on Wednesday, writes Tony Nunn. Hopkins sent a strong letter to Carl Maynard, Conservative leader of the council, which was headed "TRANSPARENCY: FAILINGS BY ROTHER COUNCIL". In January Maynard had replied to an earlier letter from Hopkins in which he defended his council's behaviour on such matters as not disclosing redundancy packages for senior managers. Those reasons are dismissed by Hopkins
The old school site in Tilling Green is being redeveloped, and the old building is now used as a community centre, run by the Rye Partnership. But current plans include 30 homes (in addition to the 161 in nearby Valley Park) plus a new centre, around a third smaller - and half of that will be taken over by the Partnership. John Wylie's Opinion is what is left is inadequate and unsustainable as a centre, and proposes that alternatives should be considered, and residents involved.
Years of neglect of Rye's Landgate tower ended last week with high-pressure blasts of water to dislodge pigeon waste. But was it the right course of action? Andy Stuart challenges the view that Rother councillors have protected this Grade 1 listed building. The clean-up, he claims, is an object lesson in how not to look after an historic monument
In response to Cllr Mary Smith's Opinions page article in last week's "Rye News" questioning the town council's spending, the town clerk explains the reasoning behind the council's actions, describes the powers it has retained - and invites applications for this year's election of councillors