A STEERING committee was formed this week with the aim of taking Rye’s Neighbourhood Plan forward.
The committee will be comprised of six Rye councillors and five community members and will hold its first proper meeting on March 18.
Rother Council has confirmed that funding to put together the plan can be carried into the next financial year and is still available.
The aim of the plan is to create a cohesive future vision for the town and give Rye people a greater say in the town’s affairs and the amenities they would like to see in Rye.
Progressing the Rye Neighbourhood Plan was one of the priorities set by the Democracy for Rye Group when it held it’s recent AGM.
Cllr Granville Bantick said: “The importance of Rye having its own Plan cannot be underestimated.
“ Instead of local people being told what to do, the Government think that local communities should have genuine opportunities to influence the future of the places where they live.
“This is given much airing in the Localism Bill recently enacted in Parliament.
“The Bill introduced provision for communities to develop Neighbourhood Plans, but it is emphasized that they must be led by Parish/Town Councils.