Rother shown within East Sussex
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Region||South East England|
|Non-metropolitan county||East Sussex|
|Incorporated||1 April 1974|
|• Type||Non-metropolitan district council|
|• Body||Rother District Council|
|• Leadership||Leader and Cabinet (Conservative)|
|• Total||197.6 sq mi (511.8 km2)|
|Area rank||91st (of 326)|
|Population (mid-2014 est.)|
|• Rank||258th (of 326)|
|• Density||470/sq mi (180/km2)|
|• Ethnicity||98.1% White|
|Time zone||GMT (UTC0)|
|• Summer (DST)||BST (UTC+1)|
|OS grid reference||TQ7388508555|
The District of Rother was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, by the merger of the Municipal Borough of Bexhill, the Municipal Borough of Rye and Battle Rural District. It is one of three districts within the county without borough status and is the easternmost one: the other two being Lewes to the west, and Wealden in the centre. The Borough of Hastings lies surrounded by Rother.
Rother District Council is elected every four years, with currently 38 councillors being elected at each election. Since 1983 the Conservatives have had a majority on the council, apart from between 1991 and the 1999 election when no party had a majority. As of the last election in 2015 the council was composed of the following councillors:-
Rother District Council offices are based in Bexhill-on-Sea. Bexhill has nine wards: the remaining councillors represent the other 11 wards.
|Ewhurst and Sedlescombe||2382||1||2382|
|Old Town (Bexhill)||3780||2||1890|
|St Marks (Bexhill)||4590||2||2295|
|St Michaels (Bexhill)||4629||2||2315|
|St Stephens (Bexhill)||4366||2||2183|
|Ticehurst and Etchingham||4168||2||2084|
The lowest level of local government is the civil parish: there are 29 within the Rother District which are:
|Parish||Type||Area (sq mi)||Population (2007)||Pop Density /sq mi|
|Ashburnham and Penhurst||Parish Council||22.4||370||43|
|Hurst Green||Parish Council||10.4||1451||362|
|Playden & East Guldeford||See note||16.6||327||51|
|Rye Foreign||Parish Council||3.9||354||238|
|Salehurst and Robertsbridge||Parish Council||18.2||2588||369|
Playden and East Guldeford are merged in the statistical analysis although they are both civil parishes in their own right. Playden has a Parish Council whilst East Guldeford holds a Parish Meeting.
Rother District covers two areas of relief: to the south, a section of the High Weald; and to the north the lower land, named the Rother Levels, across which flow the River Rother, which rises on the Weald and flows easterly towards Rye Bay, and its tributaries. For much of the course of the main river it constitutes the boundary between East Sussex and Kent, and is given the alternative title of the ’’Kent Ditch’’. Tributaries of the river include the Rivers Dudwell, Tillingham and Brede.
The district reaches the coast in the vicinity of Bexhill, and on the shores of Rye Bay.
Climate in this area has mild differences between highs and lows, and there is adequate rainfall year round. The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Cfb" (Marine West Coast Climate/Oceanic climate).
|Climate data for Rother, UK|
|Average high °C (°F)|| 8
|Average low °C (°F)|| 1
|Average precipitation mm (inches)|| 43
|Average precipitation days||21||19||22||20||16||19||16||16||19||22||21||21||232|
There are several main roads crossing the district. The major trunk road is the A21, London to Hastings road; it is joined by the A28 road from Ashford road near Hastings; which in turn is crossed by the A268 Hawkhurst to Rye road. There is also the A259 coastal route