At the Bexhill Town Forum meeting next Friday (July 17) I understand that the committee will be putting forward a constitution containing a proposal which would change the original – and current – purpose of the forum.
Rother’s terms of reference spell out the democratic nature of the forum, particularly in relation to local government.
Specifically the terms, as set by the council, say the forum should complement the role of the elected members of the district council.
It goes on to say that it should provide views on local needs and priorities, monitor service performance at local level and act as a public forum for consultation.
These terms of reference were accepted by members of the forum at its inaugural meeting.
In contrast to the above, however, the description of the purpose of the forum set out in the proposed constitution is brief and makes only a passing reference to its democratic role.
The constitution would also seem to transfer power from its members, the residents of Bexhill, to the committee.
Moves should soon be underway for Bexhill to have some form of local governance but as this may take two or more years it is vital that the forum remains a strong democratic body, both in its role and in its own way of operating.
The meeting, which will be a crucial one for the forum, will be held at St John’s church, Victoria Road with doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start.
I hope that all residents who value the opportunity that the forum presents will attend this meeting.
Cowdray Park Road
Don’t miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live.
Here are four ways you can be sure you’ll be amongst the first to know what’s going on.
1) Make our website your homepage at www.bexhillobserver.net/
2) Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bexhillobserver
3) Follow us on Twitter @BexhillObs
4) Register with us by clicking on ‘sign in’ (top right corner). You can then receive our daily newsletter AND add your point of view to stories that you read here.
And do share with your family and friends - so they don’t miss out!
The Bexhill Observer - always the first with your local news.
Be part of it.