Cash-strapped council wants residents to have their say on services

The cash-strapped district council is asking people living in Bexhill and across Rother what services they want from the local authority.

Residents are being asked for their views on a seven year strategy which sets out ways services can be shaped to make Rother district a better place to live and work. Rother District Council wants opinions from members of the public on its Corporate Plan, which sets out its aims and objectives for 2014 to 2021.

The focus of the strategy is to shape services to continue to improve the quality of life in Rother, while adapting to the current financial pressures on local authorities.

Cllr Carl Maynard, district council leader, said: “We want the district to be recognised for its high quality of life and as a place where there is a strong emphasis on community and neighbourhoods.

“To achieve this, we need to focus our efforts on continuing to support and encourage the development of vibrant strong, safe and inclusive communities.

“We want to hear from residents about what they want from the district council and how they feel services could best meet their needs.

“I would urge members of the public to have a look at the draft Corporate Plan and let us know what they think.”

The draft strategy focusses on four key areas; maintaining an efficient, flexible and effective council, encouraging sustainable economic prosperity, creating stronger and safer communities and boosting the quality of the environment.

In drawing up the draft Corporate Plan, the district council has taken into account the views of residents who have identified a number of priorities including:

Improved job opportunities, better transport links, homes which meet the needs of residents, action on antisocial behaviour, and clean, tidy and prosperous town centres.

A spokesperson for the district council said: “Financial pressures faced by local authorities mean new ways of working have to be considered and the strategy reflects this with more emphasis on partnership working to provide the best services for residents.”

The consultation has started and runs until Monday, May 5. To view the draft Corporate Plan and submit comments, visit