Debate to focus on town’s future

The future of Bexhill town centre will be at the heart of a special election hustings on Monday evening (April 20).

The meeting will give the town’s parliamentary hopefuls and district council candidates the chance to outline their proposals for the improvement of Bexhill town centre.

The meeting has been organised by the Bexhill Sea Front Group and will kick off at the De La Warr Pavilion at 6.30pm.

David Gee, from the group, said: “We think it is important that the people of Bexhill who want a brighter, better town, have the chance to listen to and quiz, the people who seek public office on their behalf.

“This is a once in five years’ opportunity and we invite people to come along.”

Parliamentary candidates who have confirmed their attendance are: Huw Merriman (Conservative), Michelle Thew (Labour), Rachel Sadler (Liberal Democrat) and Geoffrey Bastin (UKIP).

They will appear alongside a number of candidates for the Bexhill Central ward of Rother District Council.

Those expected to be in attendance are: Joy Hughes and/or Adul Azzad (Cons); Paul Courtel and/or Ruairi McCourt (Lab), Andrew Crotty, Paul Plim and Mark Plews (Ind), John Tunbridge (LibDem) and Michael Phillips (UKIP).

The Sea Front Group is an ad hoc group of residents with no political affiliation.

Mr Gee said: “As a bunch of neighbours, we came together initially to discuss sea defences but the conversation often turned to how Bexhill can build on the improvements made so far and have a brighter future, for all ages.

“We thought that holding a public meeting would give everyone a good opportunity to meet the election candidates and see what they propose.

“There are other meetings covering the bigger picture political issues, but for this evening’s event we want to concentrate on Bexhill Town Centre.”

The audience are welcome to ask questions from the floor, but can also submit questions in advance to the organisers at

More information is available at

David Gee or other members of the group can be contacted at 07849 058701 or