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Rye Town Council to take on local allotments

At the Cabinet meeting of July 17th, the Rother Alliance administration voted through the Freehold transfer of two allotments in Rye (Love Lane and South Undercliff) to Rye Town Council almost 50 years on from when Rother District and Rye Town Councils formed, when campaigners in Rye argue the allotments should have been taken on by Rye Town Council as per the 1972 Local Government Act.

This decision was met with a positive response by the Rye Town Councillors and Parish Clerk who were in the public gallery for the meeting, having tried to secure this transfer for some time.

Speaking at the meeting, Cabinet member for Economic Regeneration Christine Bayliss said, “These are allotments for the benefit of the local community.” Adding that the best way to secure them for the future was to make them statutory and allow the local Town Council to look after them. On a point about maintenance, Cllr Bayliss reassured members of the public that the Council were in talks with the Community Infrastructure Company to ensure any issues are addressed before the transfer.

Cheryl Creaser, one of the Rother District Councillors for Rye and Winchelsea Ward, said at the meeting, “I am absolutely delighted and thankful to everybody for the extraordinary work to get this done.” Calling the transfer, “partnership working between Rye & Rother at its finest.”

To read the full report, click here.


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