Forum outlines its future plans

Bexhill Forum Event SUS-150527-131518001
Bexhill Forum Event SUS-150527-131518001

The future of the town was on the agenda when Bexhill Town Forum held an open evening to talk about their aims.

Attending the event, at St Peter’s Community Centre, was newly elected MP Huw Merriman.

Residents were able to view displays and hear Forum members explain their achievements and plans.

Mr Merriman told the audience he is keen to support Bexhill’s regeneration .

Howard Martin outlined the Chamber of Commerce’s work and the need for it to attract town centre members and become more inclusive.

He said the Chamber is developing exciting plans to find and establish new ways of working so that it can increase its support for Bexhill’s traders.

Ray Chapman, who co-founded the voluntary group East Sussex Rail Alliance, described the proposals to bring the high speed rail service to Bexhill, which would provide a direct connection into London, encouraging visitors to come and spend in Bexhill’s shops, restaurants and cafes.

The evening ended with a talk by Chloe DeRenzy-Martin who explained the background to the link road, its progress and what is left to be done.

She said it is expected to be finished by the autumn of this year but that a definite date cannot be completely fixed as there are so many contractors to coordinate that interruptions to the work by the weather, could have an impact on the rescheduling of the rest.

However, she added good progress continues to be made and the completion of the road can be expected in the not too distant future.

For more on the work of the Forum, visit the new website www.bexhilltownforum,

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