Meeting to discuss Rother’s ‘significant failing’

Rother District Council has called an extraordinary meeting to discuss a damning letter from the government which accused the local authority of a ‘significant failing’ by withholding important information from council tax payers.

The letter from Kris Hopkins MP of the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), accused Rother of failing to publish data on the council’s website in a number of key areas, including contracts over £5,000, land and assets, senior salaries and parking revenues.

As a result, the government has opted to withhold RDC’s ‘burdens funding’ for 2014-15 until the data is published correctly.

Council leader Carl Maynard said he was ‘hugely disappointed’ to receive the letter and insisted that Rother had never hidden information from the public.

The meeting will take place on Monday April 13 at Bexhill Town Hall.

The meeting is expected to run between 1.30-2.30pm.

The meeting will be open to the public and all are welcome to attend.