Bexhill Town Forum agrees constitution despite past controversy

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The new Bexhill Town Forum chairman managed to get a constitution agreed at her first meeting in charge on Friday (November 18) – something the previous committee failed to do.

People ‘overwhelmingly’ voted to adopt a constitution based on the Guide to the Forum at Pelham Community Café in Holliers Hill.

The former committee was lambasted for its attempts to adopt one it had drafted last year and ended up giving up on the idea.

Chairman Christine Bayliss said: “I have to carry the membership with me when making decisions about how meetings will be run.

“This is good for democracy, it’s inclusive and will make the forum more relevant to people’s lives in Bexhill.”

In her first speech as chairman, Ms Bayliss spoke about the community governance review, the forthcoming consultation on housing plans and the need to have meetings spread across Bexhill.

She also told members about Bexhill MP Huw Merriman’s update on the ‘disgraceful’ rail situation, which ‘makes him determined to do all he can to change it’.

Bexhill Youth Council convener Margaret Jones then appealed to members to get involved and help support her to continue to nurture the civic pride in young people in the town.

“The youth council is the voice of young people in Bexhill. It has run a variety of successful campaigns and it would be a shame if it were lost,” she said.

As a result of Ms Jones’ plea, two members offered to support the youth council in its work, as well as thanking her for her dedication.

The next meeting is at St Peter’s Church in the Old Town at 7pm on Friday, February 10, where the governance review will be the main topic of discussion.

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