Rye Town Council must be commended for the way in which it organised the Annual Town Meeting this week.
The Observer has attended many town meetings over the years and is pleased to report Rye Council has hit on a winning formula.
Gone were the lengthy reports by councillors (people could take away printed versions of these).
The meeting quickly got to the heart of the matter by allowing the Rye public to take centre stage and ask questions or raise concerns.
It resulted in many issues being explored in a positive and constructive way and helped everyone to focus on the issues that really matter in the town.
Praise too must go to current Rye Mayor Bernardine Fiddimore.
We cannot remember when Rye last had such a hands-on and proactive Mayor.
The council has flourished under positive leadership and dynamic approach. The town now has a new loading bay to ease traffic problems, a co-ordinated plan for this year’s Christmas celebrations in December and action has been taken to clean up the Landgate Arch.
With a new education quarter announced this week things are looking very positive for the town this year and it is still only March.