Community support needed

A few weeks ago (16 October) your paper reported that the existing committee of The Friends of Egerton Park had decided after doing sterling work since 2007 to wind itself up.

An appeal for anyone interested in helping continue with the friends were asked to contact Rebecca Owen, the parks development officer at Rother District Council.

Since moving to Bexhill a year ago I have heard many people , both with and without children who clearly value the facilities at the park. My grandchildren when first visiting the park exclaimed that it ‘is the best park ever’!

I have been in touch with Rebecca offering my own previous experience both as a parish councillor and as a charity trustee to assist if a new group could be formed.

I had hoped to raise the issue at the recent Bexhill Town Forum meeting but there was no opportunity during the meeting for those present to raise issues from the floor.

Could I therefore use your columns please to appeal to other like minded residents, especially those who value the resources made available through the public open spaces in Bexhill, and who would be willing to give what would not be a great amount of time to help re-form a group, possibly one that supports all parks and open spaces in Bexhill?

All local authorities including Rother face further cuts in their central government rate support grant of at least 30 per cent over the next four years.

This reduction in funding will have serious consequences for local services including libraries and parks.

It will only be with the support of the local community that many of our valuable and irreplaceable facilities continue to be available for our enjoyment.

Anyone interested in hearing more or willing to help please either contact Rebecca Owen direct at Rother or myself:

Simon Read

Woodville Road


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