Rother District

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Rother District
Rother shown within East Sussex
Rother shown within East Sussex
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionSouth East England
Non-metropolitan countyEast Sussex
StatusNon-metropolitan district
Admin HQBexhill-on-Sea
Incorporated1 April 1974
Government
 • TypeNon-metropolitan district council
 • BodyRother District Council
 • LeadershipLeader and Cabinet (Rother Alliance)
 • MPsHuw Merriman
Sally-Ann Hart
Area
 • Total197.6 sq mi (511.8 km2)
Area rank90th (of 317)
Population
 (mid-2019 est.)
 • Total96,080
 • Rank252nd (of 317)
 • Density490/sq mi (190/km2)
 • Ethnicity
98.1% White
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code21UG (ONS)
E07000064 (GSS)
OS grid referenceTQ7388508555
Websitewww.rother.gov.uk

Rother is a local government district in East Sussex, England. Its council is based in Bexhill-on-Sea. The district is named after the River Rother which flows within its boundaries.

History[edit]

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.

Governance[edit]

Rother District Council is elected every four years, with currently 38 councillors being elected at each election. From 1983 until 2019, the Conservatives have had a majority on the council, apart from between 1991 and the 1999 election when no party had a majority.

Since 2019, the 'Rother Alliance' has controlled the council, formed of a mixture of Independent, Liberal Democrat, Labour and Green Party councillors.[1] As of the last election in 2019 the council was composed of the following councillors:-[2]

Geography[edit]

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[edit]

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).[3]

Climate data for Rother, UK
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 8
(46)
8
(46)
11
(52)
13
(55)
17
(63)
19
(66)
23
(73)
22
(72)
18
(64)
14
(57)
10
(50)
7
(45)
14
(57)
Average low °C (°F) 1
(34)
1
(34)
3
(37)
4
(39)
6
(43)
9
(48)
12
(54)
11
(52)
9
(48)
6
(43)
3
(37)
1
(34)
6
(43)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 43
(1.7)
30
(1.2)
28
(1.1)
43
(1.7)
28
(1.1)
41
(1.6)
89
(3.5)
38
(1.5)
61
(2.4)
48
(1.9)
43
(1.7)
66
(2.6)
550
(21.8)
Average precipitation days 21 19 22 20 16 19 16 16 19 22 21 21 232
Source: Weatherbase [4]

Demographics[edit]

Rother has one of the oldest populations (with a median age of 52 years)[5] and the lowest per capita income[6] in the UK.

Transport[edit]

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

The Hastings Line, East Coastway Line and the Marshlink Line are the three railway lines in the District; The Kent and East Sussex Railway tourist line terminates at Bodiam.

Long-distance footpaths include the Sussex Border Path; and the Saxon Shore Way, which links with the 1066 Country Walk.

Landmarks[edit]

Major landmarks include Bodiam and Camber Castles; and Battle Abbey.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rother District Council's new leader confirmed as parties form alliance". www.bexhillobserver.net. Retrieved 2019-06-23.
  2. ^ "Local election results 2015 in full". The Guardian. 15 May 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  3. ^ Climate Summary for Rother, UK
  4. ^ "Weatherbase.com". Weatherbase. 2013. Retrieved on July 9, 2013.
  5. ^ ONS - Median age for local authorities, mid 2015
  6. ^ ONS https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/earningsandworkinghours/bulletins/annualsurveyofhoursandearnings/2018 and data tables

Coordinates: 50°50′59.24″N 0°28′13.81″E / 50.8497889°N 0.4705028°E / 50.8497889; 0.4705028