Rother District Council

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Parking charges on Bexhill seafront would "kill town"

Huw Oxburgh

Local Democracy Reporter

Pay-and-display parking charges will "kill" towns in East Sussex, it has been warned.

Councillor Lynn Langlands, of Rother District Council, said proposals to introduce parking enforcement would be like "killing" Bexhill.

“I’m not sure that if we start charging on the seafront, then we won’t cause an economic problem to the town.”

Conservative group leader Carl Maynard said that excluding the seafront from parking charges would result in spaces being taken up by traders and leave none for visitors.

Rother District Council’s overview and scrutiny committee heard further details of proposals to bring on-street parking restrictions to Bexhill, Battle, Robertsbridge and Rye.

Charges for the seafront would be set at about 20p per 30 minutes and at £2 to stay for more than six hours.

If agreed, parking enforcement would begin in April 2020.

East Sussex recycling changes due at end of June

Huw Oxburgh

Local Democracy Reporter

Recycling collections in East Sussex are set for changes from 28 June, with East Sussex residents no longer able to put Tetra Pak cartons in with their normal household collections.

At the same time, Hastings, Rother and Wealden residents will no longer be required to separate out glass, and will be able to mix it in with the rest of their recycling waste instead.

People living in Eastbourne and Lewes District will not be affected by the change to glass collections, but will be affected by the changes to Tetra Pak collections.

Cafe granted alcohol license

Huw Oxburgh

Local Democracy Reporter

A Rye cafe has been granted a licence to serve alcohol despite neighbours objecting over concerns about noise and disturbance.

Following a hearing on Friday, a Rother District Council licensing panel granted a premises licence to The Fig in High Street – potentially allowing it to serve alcohol with food up until 22:00.

Owner Rosie Furnival told the panel she intended the cafe to be "an asset to the town".

The application had proven controversial with neighbours, with several objecting to the scheme due to concerns around public nuisance. The neighbours had raised a range of concerns, including noise from drinkers and disturbance from smokers potentially congregating around the front door.

Garden centre seeks to open cafe earlier

Huw Oxburgh

Local Democracy Reporter

Staplecross Shrub Centre
BBC

A garden centre’s bid to extend its cafe opening times by one hour has been met with criticism from parish councillors.

In an application to be considered by Rother District Council on 18 April, the Staplecross Shrub Centre, near Robertsbridge in East Sussex, is seeking permission to vary conditions on its railway car cafe’s opening hours, allowing it to open at 08:00 instead of 09:00.

Its owners say the change would bring the cafe’s opening hours in line with those of the main business, mitigate against earlier winter closing times, and enable it to compete with other garden centres nearby.

Ewhurst Parish Council, along with two people living near the site, have opposed the application.

The root of the dispute goes back to 2016, when an earlier application sought to extend opening times to between 09:00 and 23:00 each day.

It was refused by planners but taken to appeal, resulting in opening hours being set from 09:00 to 18:00.

The parish council argues this appeal decision should be respected as the inspector took into account the potential disturbance to the garden centre’s neighbours at the time.

Neighbours have also raised concerns about light pollution and say the earlier opening hours would "harm the character of the area".

Rother planning officers have recommended the proposed opening hours be approved, saying that 08:00 "can reasonably be considered by many to be part of the working day".

Restrictions imposed on bike track

Huw Oxburgh

Local Democracy Reporter

Rother planners have tightened restrictions governing the use of a pit bike practice track near Bexhill.

Today Rother District Council’s planning committee considered proposals for a field off of Coneyburrow Lane to continue being used as a practice track for pit bike riders.

The application had been met by strong opposition from local residents, who say noise from its 15 days of operation each year cause misery in the summer months.

In response to the application for full planning permission, officers had recommended for the conditions to be beefed up in an attempt to reduce noise from the site, including a requirement for engine exhausts to be muffled and for queuing bikes to keep their engines off.

The council also asked for a list of future opening dates and for a noise assessment to take place.

However, in granting planning permission, committee members asked for further conditions to be added, including a requirement for engines to be limited to the smallest type available, and also asked for the site not to open on Sundays despite the applicant’s wishes to operate on this day.

Sussex groups set for community grants from council

Huw Oxburgh

Local Democracy Reporter

Five community organisations are in line for grants totalling more than £60,000 from a Sussex council.

Rother District Council's cabinet will consider the recommendation on how to distribute the second phase of payouts from its community grant scheme on 11 March.

If approved, the biggest shares - £25,000 each - will go to Battle Local Action Planning Group, towards a walking and cycle pathway at Battle recreation ground, and Westfield Parish Council, which is aiming to provide a new pavilion at the village's cricket club.

Another parish council, Guestling, could receive just under £5,000 to improve its community playing fields, and a similar amount is earmarked for Bexhill Senior Citizens Club for an accessible toilet.

Crowhurst Youth Club would receive match funding of £1,478 towards building improvements.

The council spent almost £66,000 from the grant scheme in phase one.

Planners fail to decide on housing plan

Huw Oxburgh

Local Democracy Reporter

Plans for a major housing development at Little Common near Bexhill have been referred to full council after Rother planners were unable to reach a decision.

Rother District Council's planning committee considered an outline application to build up to 160 homes on greenfield land to the south of Spindlewood Drive.

After almost three hours of debate the committee was unable to reach a decision on the application, leading officers to refer the decision to a full council vote.

While committee members rejected officers' recommendations to grant planning permission, councillors were unable to provide planning reasons for refusing the application which satisfied the committee's chairman.

As a result no vote was held on whether to refuse the application outright.

Plans for Little Common
Rother District Council

East Sussex housing development considered

Housing development
Rother District Council

Proposals for a major housing development at Little Common are set to be considered by Rother planners next week.

On Thursday Rother District Council planners are set to consider an outline application to build up to 160 homes on greenfield land to the south of Spindlewood Drive in Little Common.

While details of the proposals are sparse - with all matters other than its access via Spindlewood Drive and Barnhorn Road left to come further down the line - the application is recommended for approval subject to s.106 agreements.

In a report recommending approval, a Rother planning officer said: "Development here would make a significant contribution towards the district meeting it housing delivery requirement of at least 5,700 new dwellings net during the local plan period (2011-2028) in a sustainable location for new housing provision.

"The proposed development would not cause unacceptable harm to the residential amenities of neighbouring properties subject to detailed design and measures to be secured through a legal agreement."

Concerns over Rother council reserves

Huw Oxburgh

Local Democracy Reporter

Rother councillors have raised concerns about the amount of money being drawn from reserves to balance the 2019/20 budget.

At a meeting of Rother District Council's overview and scrutiny committee on Monday, councillors discussed the budget plans for the coming financial year.

According to council papers, the authority intends to draw £5m from reserves in 2019/20 and predicts its earmarked reserves could drop from £16.2m to £6.2m over the next five years.

The council's head of finance, Robin Vennard, said more half of the money expected to be taken from reserves in 2019/20 had already been earmarked for specific capital projects with the remaining £2.4m to be used to support day-to-day services.