‘Successful’ first year for Bexhill Town Forum committee

Hugh La Trobe dressed as a town crier to draw some attention for the upcoming Bexhill Town Forum meeting. Photo by Bill Coney
Hugh La Trobe dressed as a town crier to draw some attention for the upcoming Bexhill Town Forum meeting. Photo by Bill Coney

The Bexhill Town Forum committee members believe they have had a successful first year, 12 months on from its first public meeting.

The voluntary committee were elected in September, 2014, and held the first meeting two months later.

The forum has held talks to inform residents on high speed rail, major housing developments and the Bexhill-Hastings Link Road, as well as successfully campaigning for a local governance review from Rother District Council.

The past 12 months have not been without its challenges as some have criticised the Forum for being undemocratic but chairman Alan Peirce hopes to put that behind them.

“Over this first year we have worked to develop a strong foundation from which to continue bringing, to all the people of Bexhill, topics that will affect the future for all of us,” he said.

“There is a lot happening here and enabling everyone to have their say in what is planned is our greatest aim.

The committee has tried to modernise the Forum by introducing a social media presence and email correspondence.

It also helped residents communicate their concerns to those in charge including Sea Change Sussex chief executive John Shaw responding to worries about the North Bexhill Access Road and the Worsham housing development.

Attendances to meetings have increased since September, 2014, and vice-chairman Theresa Stanbridge said the committee have ‘professionalised’ the Forum.

Vice-chairman Theresa Stanbridge said: “It’s been a fascinating year, developing the Forum to meet the demands of Bexhill’s future, benefiting from today’s excellent means of communication and investigation.

“In today’s world, communication and involvement are no longer limited to actual attendance at meetings and we are making sure that this is reflected in how the Forum now works.”

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