Rye councillor steping down after 16 years

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Long-serving councillor Granville Bantick will not be standing in the forthcoming Rye Town Council election.

Cllr Bantick said: “I shall be standing down as a Rye Town Councillor on May 7 having been on the Council for 16 years.

“In that time I have seen many changes, some good and others not so good.

“My main interest has always been to seek better traffic management in Rye, and I was pleased to have been asked to chair the newly formed Rye Highways Forum The position of Chairman of the Forum will now be vacant following my retirement, but I hope it will continue under its new chairman as a force for the good.

“I continue to feel concerned about the continued traffic problems in Rye.

“In the absence of my proposal to create the post of a Community Warden, which was rejected, I agree with Lord Ampthill that the only way left is to decriminalise parking.

“Since the dissolution of the CDR a new Group has taken over calling itself Campaign for Action in Rye (CFAiR) which is in the process of forming a committee and a constitution.

“I am asked to say that if anyone is interested in knowing more about this Group’s aims, and perhaps wish to be involved, there is to be a special meeting on Thursday, 21st May at 7pm in the Board Room of the Tilling Green Community Centre.

Although aged 80 Cllr Bantick is a tri-athlete and keen cyclist.

He has take part is several gruelling long-haul cycling challenges to raise money for charity.

In 1998 he cycled across India to raise £2,500 for Mencap.

He also raised thousands of pounds for charity by taking part in the Great Wall of China to Tiananmen Square bike ride and riding through the Grand Canyon.

Cllr Bantick commented: “My time on the Town Council was interesting and rewarding.”