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SPRING SING-ALONG: Saturday evening’s event in the Hall went very well. Some 80 people took part, raising nearly £1,000 for the church funds of St George’s and St Mary’s.

PROPOSED FILLING STATION ON B2089: As many of you will know, BP Oil UK Ltd recently applied for planning permission to build a filling station and shop at the top of Cadborough Hill, on our way into Rye. Following refusal by the Planning Committee of Rother District Council, a representative of the company was invited to appear before a special meeting of Rye Town Council on Monday evening. He explained that the company had duly modified some details of its application and now intended to apply again. At the Mayor’s invitation, continuing opposition to the proposal was expressed by individual Councillors, by Col. Antony Kimber, chairman of the committee currently drafting the Rye Neighbourhood Plan, and by other members of the public. These objections to the scheme fall into two main categories: its adverse impact on the unique rural setting of Rye, and its generation of yet more traffic on an already dangerously congested section of B2089. The Town Council then unanimously supported a motion that this is the right scheme, but in the wrong place.

If you are at all concerned about the scheme, do look up application no RR/2018/545/P on the Rother website and add your comments when it’s possible to do so. Whatever your views, do remember that, if it is granted planning approval, the impact of this bit of “development” will be with us for many years to come!

CHURCH SERVICE: At 11.15am this Sunday there will be a Sung Family Eucharist in St Mary’s, followed by refreshments in the church.