Rye Town Council

The Council


The Antient English Town of Rye lies between Hastings and Folkestone on the East Sussex coast. Once virtually surrounded by the sea it is now bordered by three rivers – the Rother, Tillingham and Brede.


Welcoming The Admiral The Lord Boyce, Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, May 2005


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.