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Next Council Meeting: To be confirmed

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Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Rye Town Hall is now CLOSED. We can be contacted by email or by telephone as normal.


Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue (or your sleeve) when you cough or sneeze.

Put used tissues in the bin immediately.

Wash/Clean your hands regularly.

Avoid shaking hands.


Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:

  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.

Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home.

Click here for further advice from the nhs.


At local level, the Rye Emergency Action Community Team (REACT) has a generic plan for handling civil contingencies available to view here.

REACT have a facebook page that also contains regular updates and useful information.






SGN Roadworks


Work will be commencing on Monday 23rd March. During phase one, a stretch of Military Road will be closed at the junction with Rye Hill for approximately 2 weeks. For the duration of this phase, there will also be traffic lights on Rye Hill at the Military Road junction, due to the works encroaching onto Rye Hill (A268).

Click here for the road closure plan.

The designated diversion will be:

B2080 Appledore> A259 Folkestone Road> A259 Guldeford Road> A259 New Road> A259 Fishmarket Road.   Click here for a map


Work on Phase 2 will begin when Phase 1 has finished. This is estimated to be by 3rd April, but will depend on how works progress on Phase 1.

Rye Hill (A268) will be closed at the railway bridge, with vehicles only able to turn right out of the bottom of Landgate. This is due to last for approximately 2 weeks, however this is dependant on how the works progress.

Click here for the road closure plan.

The designated diversion will be:

A268 Fishmarket Road> A259 Fishmarket Road> A259 Winchelsea Road> A259 Rye Road> A259 Grand Parade> A2102 London Road> A21 London Road> A21 Sedlescombe Road North> A21 Sedlescombe Road North> A28 Westfield Lane> A28 Station Road> A268 Whitebread Lane.   Click here for a map


These diversions are identified by East Sussex Highways as suitable for larger vehicles and HGVs, and also take into consideration any other work taking place on the road network. There are alternative routes suitable for cars, but will not be signposted as official diversions.


Playden Parish Council have received the following explanation from SGN regarding the need for the works:

“To give some background to this project, the section of gas main in question is one of our high priority ‘mandatory mains’, and as such needs to be replaced by the end of March 2020 under the HSE enforcement policy. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has an iron gas main risk reduction enforcement policy which addresses the potential failure of ‘at risk’ iron gas mains. Old metal gas mains that have reached the end of their useful life need replacing with new yellow polyethylene (PE) plastic pipe. All cast iron gas pipes within 30 metres of a building are entered onto their risk register and monitored with a score continuously, once the gas pipe reaches its life span / score, that pipe then needs to be replaced to ensure SGN continue to provide a safe and reliable gas supply to the local area.

Throughout the planning process we’ve been in close liaison with East Sussex Highways, who initially granted us permission to commence the replacement at the start of January 202. However, due to other utility works we had to postpone our project until Monday 2 March. Following concerns raised by the local community and stakeholders, a meeting was held with East Sussex Highways and our contractor, I&G, on Thursday 27 February, where it was decided we will start our project on Monday 23 March, utilising the Easter Holidays. We do fully understand how works of this nature can cause disruption to local communities, schools and traders, and while initially the project was planned for six weeks, after listening to the concerns of local stakeholders I am pleased to say we’ve agreed to compress the works to four weeks.”


Annual Town Meeting

Rye’s annual town meeting was held on Wednesday 6th March 2020 at Tilling Green Community Centre.

Reports circulated on the night are available to download here:

Mayors overview of the year         East Sussex County Council Summary 2020         REACT Handout          Heritage Centre update


Audit 2019

Notice of Conclusion of Audit 2019


Getting Married at Rye Town Hall

For more information and to download an information pack – click here.


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