I hope all will have their say

At the Bexhill Town Forum meeting next Friday (July 17) I understand that the committee will be putting forward a constitution containing a proposal which would change the original – and current – purpose of the forum.

Rother’s terms of reference spell out the democratic nature of the forum, particularly in relation to local government.

Specifically the terms, as set by the council, say the forum should complement the role of the elected members of the district council.

It goes on to say that it should provide views on local needs and priorities, monitor service performance at local level and act as a public forum for consultation.

These terms of reference were accepted by members of the forum at its inaugural meeting.

In contrast to the above, however, the description of the purpose of the forum set out in the proposed constitution is brief and makes only a passing reference to its democratic role.

The constitution would also seem to transfer power from its members, the residents of Bexhill, to the committee.

Moves should soon be underway for Bexhill to have some form of local governance but as this may take two or more years it is vital that the forum remains a strong democratic body, both in its role and in its own way of operating.

The meeting, which will be a crucial one for the forum, will be held at St John’s church, Victoria Road with doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start.

I hope that all residents who value the opportunity that the forum presents will attend this meeting.

Margaret Jones

Cowdray Park Road

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