Bexhill could move a step closer to having its own town council next week after public support for the proposal.
The plan, which would see nine wards, each represented by two councillors, will be debated by Rother District Council’s cabinet on Monday September 7th.
And if it goes on to receive the backing of the Full Council later in the month, then the first elections would take place in May 2021.
The move, which comes after two public consultations, was recommended in a report to councillors by Martin Johnston, executive director of RDC.
It stated: “In light of the public support for the creation of a Town Council, demonstrated through both the 2017 and 2020 consultation and in line with the Council’s stated objective of delivering a Town Council for Bexhill-on-Sea, the Community Governance Review Steering Group (CGRSG) recommended that the Council established a Town Council for Bexhill-on-Sea.”
The most recent consultation saw the council receive 2,208 responses – 4.6% of the population. Of those responding, 78% were in favour of a town council being created and 22% against.
The younger age group were less likely to support the idea, whereas older residents were more in favour, according to the report.
However, there were no differences between the views of males and females.
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