Replacement bench to remember former Rye councillor?

John Izod died on April 7
John Izod died on April 7

A bench in Rye may be replaced and dedicated to a former town councillor.

Rye Town Councill will decide whether or not to refurbish one of the benches outside Grammar School Records on High Street in memory of John Izod tonight (Monday, June 27).

The much-loved councillor and community stalwart died on April 7 after a short illness.

The town council will discuss dedicating the bench to Mr Izod and possibly Bernard James Waters for £979.40, paid for by Rother District Council, according to the agenda.

Other items to be discussed include a proposal to give £5,000 to Rye Harbour Sailing Club for a new shower block and £50 to ARRCC for afternoon dances with older people.

The council’s budget will also be debated which shows a spend of £243,548 for 2015/16, with an allocated £303,639 for this year.

The main increases come from the cottage it rents out as well as the upcoming by-election to replace Mr Izod on July 28.

Its income is expected to decrease by £12,146 from last year despite its share of council tax going up by around £1,000.

At the planning and townscape committee meeting afterwards, members will discuss an application to change the use of the derelict Ashbees shop on High Street to a home.

The meeting starts at 6.30pm at Rye Town Hall.

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