Club sale will help cancer charities

A former committee member of the Royal British Legion Club, now the Brewery Yard Club, which is up for sale, believes that proceeds from the sale should be used locally

Tilling Green ‘rethink needed’

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.

Fairtrade fortnight needs support

Fairtrade Fortnight is intended to help third world producers to get a fair price for their produce, but most local retailers didn't get the message.

Local problems, local solutions

Common sense has triumphed. The appointment of a local Town Steward to deal with local problems is working, writes Christopher Strangeways. What other local problems could be tackled, and dealt with efficiently in this manner?

Oyez, oyez . . . time to speak up

Rye's Town Meeting is looming - this is your chance to find out what is going on and voice your opinions. It's an election year and town and district councillors will be looking for your vote as well as your MP candidates.

RDC ‘fails again’ to care for tower

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

A grassy illusion

I can assure Richard Comotto that, whilst the photograph of the Rye Town Steward appears to show that he has parked on a verge...

Town council far from toothless

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

Tackling or creating grot-spots?

Dear Editor I applaud the appointment of a town steward by Rye. But your photograph horrified me. Parking the steward's 4x4 on a grass...

Council’s spending ‘is all wrong’

Rye Town Council spends on projects without any publicity or discussion with local townspeople, including the appointment of a town steward and, probably, the sale of Town Hall Cottage and purchase of two housing units. Isn't it time residents were part of a robust debate on local priorities, asks Mary Smith?

Should we get in the (car) club?

A car club could help reduce Rye's parking problems, at the same time providing a cost-effective and efficient solution for drivers, suggests Christopher Strangeways

CDR’s ‘false promises’

Dear Editor The 10 Campaign for a Democratic Rye candidates in 2011 were elected on false and unachievable promises, such as: “We aim to take back...

Watch out: scam council calls about

Dear Editor If anyone gets a call from someone with an Indian accent purporting to be from Rye Town Council put the phone down on...

Kino – a warm welcome

Dear Editor What a joy it is to enter our newest business in Rye: the Kino. The ambience created in the café is fantastic and...

Help the town steward clean up!

Rye Town Council has recently appointed a town steward to help keep our streets clean and safe. But we residents need to step up, change our own behaviour and take responsibility for our environment

Points scoring at rail summit

Amber Rudd hosted another rail summit at Hastings last week and had a Transport Minister there to make an on-message speech for the defending Conservative candidate in May's general election. But not all went clackety-clack for Rudd. She always talks of the Javelin project with absolute confidence, but the minister wasn't quite so definite, reports Nick Taylor

CDR members to rethink its future

Thanks to the filming of "Mapp and Lucia", Rye is now the place to go. Local pressure group, the Campaign for a Democratic Rye, is examining its own role in boosting the town's future

Henry James’s favourite walk

Sewer work has destroyed the footpath that runs along the middle of the valley between Rye and Winchelsea. The route was the favourite walk of Henry James, writer and famous erstwhile occupant of Lamb House

Tweets help to sort shuttle service

Commuter Paul Barker doesn't take a bad service standing up - not on a cold, wintry platform at 6am. When Rye's diesel shuttle service went awry earlier this month, he started a twitter account specifically to give fellow travellers a voice and to spread the word. He describes here why he wants you to follow . . .

Planning process ‘ineffective’

Neighbouring residents have long supported the need to develop the unsightly plot in Cinque Ports Street and participated constructively in the original consultations with the architect. But what do they think of the planning process now? One of them explains