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Rita is right!

June 16, 2008

Dear (Rye & Battle Observer) Editor,

How right Rita Cox is (Letters, 13/06) to upbraid Rother District Council for losing its oomph on the Udimore Road appeal.

It is a crying shame that the Inspector has decided for the appellant, and that a Greenfield site will be lost.

Once again, this is a result of Labour central government targets, and Conservative complacency locally, combining to disregard the expertise of local people on their own community.

Many of the people I have spoken to on this issue, who know Rye much better than I do, have told me how problematic this development could be in terms of rainwater run-off and the effects of flooding on current housing stock.

Rye has just returned Mary Smith of the Campaign for a Democratic Rye – the local group that, like the Lib Dems on Rother District Council, is arguing for Area Committees – at the by-election of 22 May.

What better example of how an Area Committee could benefit Rye and its neighbouring communities, than to have been able to put the local view to the inspector?

Whilst I may be biased (!) I genuinely believe that Labour and the Tories are not at all committed to enabling the voice of local people to become heard via any meaningful political mechanism.

Rest assured, your Liberal Democrat campaigners are still taking the fight to them.

[Please let me know your views!]

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