- See also River Rother (disambiguation) for rivers named Rother.
|— Non-metropolitan district —|
|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)|
|• MPs||Gregory Barker
|• Total||197.6 sq mi (511.8 km2)|
|Area rank||91st (of 326)|
|Population (2011 est.)|
|• Rank||258th (of 326)|
|• Density||460/sq mi ( 180/km2)|
|• Ethnicity||98.1% White|
|Time zone||GMT (UTC0)|
|• Summer (DST)||BST (UTC+1)|
|ONS code||21UG (ONS)
|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 offices are based in Bexhill-on-Sea.
The district is second-level in local government. There are 38 members of the Council, representing 20 wards. Bexhill has nine wards: the remaining councillors represent the other 29 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|
|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.
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