Political parties’ responses to our questionnaire

General

In March we sent a heritage questionnaire to the political parties contesting district council seats in Bexhill. We asked about their policies for our town’s heritage.

The Association of Independents don’t have policies in the same way as political parties. Instead, each member decides for themselves what might be best for their constituents.

BH-Election2019Questionnaire.pdf (352 KB)

How we calculate the Heritage Score


Dick Kempson – Green Party Candidate for St Stephen’s

  1. Strong support for all three of Bexhill Heritage’s aims.
  2. In favour of participation, consultation, involvement, listening, partnership and delegation with BH.
  3. High profile issues:
    • East Parade’s Victorian and Edwardian sea-front shelters. Strongly support.
    • Bexhill Cemetery’s Edwardian Lodge. Strongly support.
    • Down Road Drill Hall. Support.

Heritage Score: 96.67%


Ashan Jeeawon – Independent Candidate for St Stephen’s

  1. Strong support for all three of Bexhill Heritage’s aims.
  2. In favour of participation, consultation, involvement, listening, partnership and delegation with BH. Sees Bexhill Heritage as a valued and critical component.
  3. High profile issues:
    • East Parade’s Victorian and Edwardian sea-front shelters. Strongly support.
    • Bexhill Cemetery’s Edwardian Lodge. Support.
    • Down Road Drill Hall. Support.
    • Sea Angling Club redesign. Support.

Heritage Score: 91.18%


Roger McCarthy & Sam Coleman – Labour Party Candidates for Sidley

  1. Strong support for all three of Bexhill Heritage’s aims.
  2. In favour of participation, consultation, involvement, listening and partnership with BH. Potentially in favour of delegation, as long as there was suitable discussion beforehand.
  3. High profile issues:
    • East Parade’s Victorian and Edwardian sea-front shelters. Strongly support.
    • Bexhill Cemetery’s Edwardian Lodge. Support.
    • Down Road Drill Hall. Support.
    • Sea Angling Club redesign. Support.

Heritage Score: 91.18%


Richard Thomas – Liberal Democrat Candidate for St Stephen’s

  1. Strong support for all three of Bexhill Heritage’s aims.
  2. In favour of a partnership and delegating with BH.
  3. High profile issues:
    • East Parade’s Victorian and Edwardian sea-front shelters. Strongly support.
    • Down Road Drill Hall. Strongly support.
    • Sea Angling Club redesign. Strongly support.

Heritage Score: 86.67%


Councillor Charles Clark – St Michael’s Independent

  1. Strong support for all three of Bexhill Heritage’s aims.
  2. High profile issues:
    • East Parade’s Victorian and Edwardian sea-front shelters. Strongly support.
    • Bexhill Cemetery’s Edwardian Lodge. Strongly support, could be used for social housing.
    • Down Road Drill Hall. Strongly support.
    • Sea Angling Club redesign. Strongly support, current design is shocking.

Heritage Score: 82.35%


Conservative Party

  1. Support for all three of Bexhill Heritage’s charitable objects with ‘strong support’ for our role in educating Bexhill’s residents.
  2. Relationship:
    • Along with all organisations, Bexhill Heritage is welcome to participate in consultations initiated by RDC on the same basis as any other group or member of the public.
    • Where we feel it is important, we would consult Bexhill Heritage on important conservation and heritage matters as part of the decision-making process, and would involve Bexhill Heritage when identifying options on important conservation and heritage matters.
    • We would listen to Bexhill Heritage should it wish to make representations on the conservation of heritage buildings or open spaces.
    • Where appropriate, we would seek to work in partnership with Bexhill Heritage when planning conservation and restoration work.
    • Working in partnership, we would seek to delegate some responsibility to Bexhill Heritage for the conservation and restoration of heritage buildings and open spaces.
  3. High profile issues:
    • East Parade’s Victorian and Edwardian sea-front shelters. Support.
    • Bexhill Cemetery’s Edwardian Lodge. Support if it’s possible to deliver ‘housing requirements’.
    • Down Road Drill Hall. Support if possible, as long as the scheme goes ahead.
    • Sea Angling Club redesign. Oppose. This is a matter for the Sea Angling Club and RDC’s planning department, subject to funding.

Heritage Score: 79.41%