Bexhill Forum focuses on major plans

David Dennis from Friends of Combe Valley. Photo by Bill Coney
David Dennis from Friends of Combe Valley. Photo by Bill Coney

The future development of more than 1,000 homes and a proposed road were the main topics at the Town Forum meeting on Friday, October 2.

More than 150 people listened to delegates from Bovis Homes and Sea Change Sussex talk about their upcoming plans at St Peter’s Community Centre.

Bexhill and Battle MP Huw Merriman. Photo by Bill Coney

Bexhill and Battle MP Huw Merriman. Photo by Bill Coney

Bovis are behind the Worsham development in North East Bexhill and Sea Change have requested planning permission for the North Bexhill Access Road.

Bexhill MP Huw Merriman gave a rousing introduction to the presentations by declaring his support for the projects as it would create a ‘jobs market’ for new businesses.

“I campaigned to try and bring more housing to Bexhill because as I go round and speak to employers, they say there’s no jobs market,” he said.

Mr Merriman said there was a deficit in the business rates accumulated by Rother District Council which, if reduced through companies coming to Bexhill, would mean more income for the area.

David Dennis from Friends of Combe Valley gave a detailed presentation on the geography and wildlife of the park.

He called for further development to be sympathetic to the valley and action on tackling the area’s flooding problems.

Bovis development director Matthew Charnock gave a talk on the Worsham plan.

He stressed the need for it to be a desirable, attractive and sustainable development to attract people to live there.

Forum vice-chairman Theresa Stanbridge believed the meeting achieved what they set out to do which was to inform the town about upcoming housing and road developments.

“We were very pleased at how it went and feel that it fulfilled our intentions which were to enable the people of Bexhill to learn the facts about what is being proposed and begin to understand how the developments will impact on the town and its surroundings,” he said.

“Most importantly it gave people the chance to ask their questions and receive informed answers upon which to base their.

“We are now planning the follow-up on November 3, which will look at other aspects of Bexhill’s regeneration, how local plans are developed and how they will work together with the external developers’ changes.

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