Forum to hear more on seafront changes

The thorny issue of the future of the Oasis garden on Bexhill seafront will come under discussion at the next Bexhill Town Forum.

Those attending the meeting on Wednesday February 29 will hear about Rother District Council’s response to issues raised at the Forum in November which included proposals to change the garden.

Residents spoke out against Rother’s scheme and voted unanimously for a cheaper alternative which would preserve most of the garden.

In a new initiative, two members of the Forum executive met with a senior Rother officer and a councillor in face-to-face talks to try to move the issues forward. They will be reporting back at the Forum meeting to be held at St Peter’s community hall, Old Town at 6.30pm: refreshments available from 6pm.

The main topic of the evening will be police matters in the town centre and surrounding area. Newly appointed Chief Inspector Warren Franklin will talk about his role and town centre officer Sergeant Mark Evans will speak about issues on his patch.

There will also be a presentation by Ian Hollidge of Bexhill Wheelers on developments for safer cycling.

Residents get a chance to speak for up to three minutes on matters of interest or concern. Anyone wishing to speak should let the chairman know beforehand by e-mailing or by telephoning 843046.

The Forum executive is planning a special meeting in a few weeks time on the subject of parking in Bexhilll. It is hoped to get a panel of representatives of the authorities and organisations involved or concerned about parking problems.