Although Rye is largely urban in appearance, as a small market town on the edge of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Romney Marsh, the Countryside Agency considers it to be a rural parish.
Rye Town Council is a parish council which succeeded Rye Borough Council following local government reorganisation in 1972-74. Rye Borough Council – known formerly as Rye Corporation – was one of the smallest boroughs in the country. It provided a wide range of services and, in addition to the Town Hall, owned all the town’s open spaces and allotments, spacious office accommodation, a works depot and a substantial housing stock. During reorganisation most of these assets were transferred to East Sussex County Council or the newly-created Rother District Council.
The Parish of Rye consists of just one electoral ward. Around 3,000 Local Government Electors (out of a population of approximately 4,250) elect 16 town councillors every four years.
The work of the Council is overseen and directed by a number of Committees. Click here
for their current titles and terms of reference or here
for a Timetable of Meetings. Decisions of the Council are implemented by its ‘proper officer’ (the Town Clerk).
The Council’s offices – the Town Hall – are located in Market Street. The normal opening times
are Monday-Thursday, 9am-1pm. Click here
for a location map. To contact us click here