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Next Council Meeting:

Monday 4 March 2019

Planning and Townscape Committee Meeting


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ANNUAL TOWN MEETING – Wednesday 6th March 2019

Rye Community Centre, Conduit Hill, Rye – from 6.30pm (for registration and chatting with Councillors and staff) for a 7pm start

This is your annual opportunity to meet with your Town, District and County Councillors and discuss issues affecting the town. The Annual Town Meeting is a gathering of the Rye Parish Local Government Electors that is open to the public and press.


1.     Welcome by the Mayor, Councillor Michael Boyd

2.     Apologies for absence

3.     The Vision for Rye College and Rye Primary –
Barry Blakelock (Executive Headteacher) & Kathy Griffiths, CEO, The Aquinas Trust

4.     The Mayor’s overview of the year

5.     Open session (questions, concerns, issues etc)

6.     Mayor’s closing remarks


RYE TOWN COUNCIL is calling on residents, business owners and those who work in the Parish who are passionate about their community to stand in the local elections on 2 May 2019

What do councillors do?

Councillors are the champions of their community and give residents and others a voice on the decisions the council makes. Becoming a councillor will allow you to make a real difference in your community by engaging with residents, local groups and businesses to find out their needs; making decisions on which services and projects the council should take forward – and getting involved locally to ensure the services are meeting your community’s needs.

How much time would I need?

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) Local Councillor Census Survey found that councillors put aside, on average, three hours a week for council work. This often includes attending meetings, reading documents and emails, engaging with residents and representing the council on other bodies. However, it can be less.

Councillors are expected to attend full Council meetings (typically 12 a year). Members of the Planning & Townscape Committee meet fortnightly. Meetings are held normally on a Monday evening.

Can I stand?

Subject to the rules on disqualification you can stand if you are a British citizen (or a citizen of the Commonwealth, or the European Union), are over 18 – and are a registered elector.

In addition, you will be qualified to stand if, during the 12 months before your nomination or the day of your election, you:

  • Resided in the Parish (or within 3 miles of the Parish boundary) or
  • Occupied (as owner or tenant) any land or premises within the Parish or
  • Had your only or principal place of (paid/unpaid) work in the Parish

How can I find out more?

Contact the Town Clerk, Richard Farhall, for an informal chat.      Tel: 01797 223902       Email here.

Getting Married at Rye Town Hall

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


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