Europe’s open, we’re shut

The Heritage Open Day weekend allows free access to buildings that are usually closed to the public or for which there is an admission fee. But buildings in Rye are missing from this Europe-wide list which ranges from government buildings in Whitehall normally kept firmly under lock and to residential houses of architectural interest. Seana Lanigan reports.

Who cares? About our streets

Chocolate box Rye. Cobbles, ancient houses, narrow streets. But, argues one of our readers, some parts are the worse for wear. Here, in the first of three articles, he highlights a problem that courses through the town's heart: the lanes and roads themselves

Reach for the off switch

Have you noticed any lights on during the day? Almost certainly the owners will not be aware and will be grateful to be told,...

‘Don’t make these bus cuts’

Rye's local MP explains her position on proposed funding cuts to local bus services. She staunchly supports the retention of the town's 326 and Dial-a-Ride services

How do we cope with history?

We mark Britain's entry to World War One with ceremonies, but celebrate "War and Peace" with uniforms, guns and tanks. Is this wise, asks Charlie Harkness

Where to put new homes

By 2028 hundreds of new homes could have been built in Rye and Rye Harbour. The neighbourhood plan wants your view on where they should go

Our views are needed

Time is fast running out: the Rye Neighbourhood Plan survey must be returned by July 27. One resident gives her views on subjects from parks to parking in the hope that others will be motivated to complete the survey as well

Rother refuse: in a mess

Rother amenities is under fire in Winchelsea & Rye about the new refuse regime. Have officials made an oversight or are they bent on doing what they want? In Winchelsea, Rother is seen as having form on this issue

Controlling interests

Our reporter's description of who controls the county council is challenged by a Tory member of Rother District Council

A very nappy birthday

As the Health Service celebrates its own birthday so the Conquest hospital celebrates continuing happy birth days following the decision to retain the consultant-led obstetric unit - including in-patient paediatrics, the special-care baby unit and emergency gynaecology - at Hastings

Dungeness B powers on

Extending the life of Dungeness B nuclear power station will help us keep the lights on but does raise some concerns

In defence of the Cinque Ports

Were the Cinque Ports really an impotent naval power by the end of the 14th century? That is the story told by most naval historians. But one leading medieval maritime historian thinks otherwise

Weighing the sands of risk

Parts of the Middle East are now mainstream holiday destinations. But a new peril faces travellers - a killer respiratory disease. How serious is it? Rye's emergency community team considered the risks at its latest meeting

Rye News faces a challenge

It's a good start, but to make the paper a success more local people need to become involved

Playden’s web link

Playden Parish Council has a new website It is a new place to find Playden PC meeting notices, agendas and minutes along with a...

A fair rate or legalised theft?

A Rye High Street shopkeeper complains that the extremely high rates are punitive and a contributing factor in the failure of many small businesses

Breed mystery solved

The "Chocolate Sheep" mystery has been solved. Without doubt, they are Welsh Mountain Badger Face breed, writes my brother Christopher from Downton, Wiltshire....

Bin Rother’s wheelie bins

Large bins and recycling boxes will do nothing to improve the appearance of the town or help its residents. A better plan is needed

Why I’ll vote in EU elections

Ten MEPs representing our region will join the European Parliament after elections on May 22. David Cracknell explains why it is important to take part

‘Your paper is brilliant’

One of our readers has written to say she thinks this paper is a very good idea. She came up with a good one of her own: to do a series of interviews for us