Views sought on strategy to protect Rother's unique character

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Views sought on strategy to protect Rother's unique character

Views are being sought on a plan to safeguard the unique character of public spaces and features across the district.

Rother District Council has set out priorities for the management and maintenance of the public realm, including pavements and road surfaces, street furniture, signage, post boxes, telephone kiosks, and planting, to ensure a more co-ordinated and consistent approach.

While no single organisation is responsible for the appearance of these, the district council is hoping its Public Realm Strategic Framework will act as a guide for improvement.

Cllr Sally-Ann Hart, the district council's lead member for public realm, culture and tourism, said: "We are extremely lucky in Rother to have some wonderful and historic public realm, from the cobbled streets in Rye to the Edwardian seaside features in Bexhill, and materials and finishes of repairs and improvements to these areas can have a significant impact on their character. 

"This is an ambitious and forward-thinking strategy which will act as a guide for the various agencies and organisations involved, to ensure works are carried out sensitively and any improvements are appropriate.

"The continuing financial pressures faced by local authorities, including highways authorities, make this approach even more important in ensuring their limited funds have the greatest positive impact on our district."

Members of the public, organisations and groups, along with parish and town councils, highways authorities, utility companies and other statutory agencies, are being asked to comment on the priorities and delivery actions included in the strategy.

Cllr Hart added: "A lot of consideration has been given to the unique character of the district when drawing up this strategy, and we want people to highlight any specific local issues that they feel should be considered in the draft strategy, or approaches that may not work because of specific local conditions.

"Getting this strategy right will not only improve the look of the district and the quality of life of people living and working here, but it will help attract tourists and encourage investment by businesses."

The consultation on the draft Public Realm Strategic Framework begins on Thursday, January 24 and will run for six weeks until Friday, March 8.

Anyone wanting to take part should visit www.rother.gov.uk/publicrealm2019

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