WEALDEN DISTRICT COUNCIL

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The rolling downland of Sussex seen here in a December sunset in 2017. This was the heart of the iron industry in years gone by. Copyright photograph Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd, all rights reserved.

 

 

COUNCILLORS SERVING IN 2017 INTO 2018

 

Dick Angel
Councillor Dick Angel

Heathfield Nth & Cenrl - Cons

 


Councillor Kevin Balsdon

Pevensey and Westham - Cons

 


Councillor Jo Bentley

Hailsham South and West - Cons

 


Councillor Bob Bowdler

Heathfield East - Cons

 


Councillor Lin Clark

Pevensey and Westham - Cons

Deputy Chairman Standards

 


Councillor Nicholas Collinson

Hailsham Central & North - Cons

Portfolio Community Leadership Human Resources

 

Nigel Coltman
Councillor Nigel Coltman

Hailsham Central and North - Cons

Chairman of Licensing

 


Councillor Dianne Dear

Pevensey and Westham - Cons

Dep Chair of Planning South

 


Councillor Phil Dixon

Rotherfield - Conservative

Dep Chair of Audit Finance

 


Councillor Pam Doodes

Ninfield & Hooe with Wartling

Conservative - Vice-Chairman

 


Councillor Claire Dowling

Uckfield Central - Cons

Dep Ldr Public Health Safety

 


Councillor Jan Dunk

Heathfield North & Central - Conservative

 


Councillor Philip Ede

Alfriston - Conservative

 


Councillor Helen Firth

Uckfield New Town - Cons

 


Councillor Jonica Fox

Cross-in-Hand/ Five Ashes - Conservative

 


Councillor Roy Galley

Danehill/ Fletching/ Nutley - Cons

Portfolio Economic Dev & Waste Man

 


Councillor Richard Grocock

Hailsham South and West - Cons

 


Councillor Chris Hardy

Hartfield - Cons- Chairman

 

 

 

Jim Hollins
Councillor Jim Hollins

Crowborough West - Cons

 


Councillor Peter Holloway

Forest Row - Conservative

 


Councillor Johanna Howell

Frant/ Withyham - Cons

Ch Planning North

 


Councillor Toby Illingworth

Buxted & Maresfield - Cons

 

 


Councillor Stephen Isted

Crowborough Jarvis Brook - Independent

 


Councillor Andy Long

Herstmonceux - Cons

 


Councillor Michael Lunn

Buxted & Maresfield - Cons

 


Councillor Philip Lunn

Crowborough East - Cons

 


Councillor Barry Marlowe

Uckfield Ridgewood - Cons

Dep Ch Licensing

 


Councillor Rowena Moore

Forest Row - Conservative

 


Councillor Kay Moss

Crowborough St Johns - Cons

Dep Chair Overview & Scrutiny

 


Councillor Douglas Murray

Willingdon - Conservative

 

Councillor Ann Newton, Framfield, Wealden District
Councillor Ann Newton

Framfield - Cons

Portfolio Planning & Dev

 


Councillor Amanda O'Rawe

Hailsham East - Conservative

 


Councillor Mark Pinkney

Hellingly - Conservative

 


Councillor Dr Brian Redman

Mayfield - Conservative

Chairman of Standards Committee

 


Councillor Ronald Reed

Crowborough North - Conservative

 


Councillor Carol Reynolds

Uckfield North - Cons

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greg Rose
Councillor Greg Rose

Crowborough East - Cons

Chair Overview & Scrutiny

 


Councillor Peter Roundell

Danehill/ Fletching/ Nutley - Cons

Chairman Audit Finance

 


Councillor William Rutherford

Frant/ Withyham - Cons

 


Councillor Daniel Shing

Polegate South - Ind Democrat

 


Councillor Oi Lin Shing

Polegate North - Ind Democrat

 


Councillor Raymond Shing

Willingdon - Independent Democrat

 


Councillor Stephen Shing

Willingdon - Independent Democrat

 


Councillor Angela Snell

Polegate North - Conservative

 


Councillor Robert Standley

Wadhurst - Conservative

Leader of the Council

 


Councillor Susan Stedman

Horam - Conservative

Chair Planning South

 


Councillor Roger Thomas

Heathfield North & Central - Cons

 


Councillor Jeannette Towey

Crowborough West - Cons

 


Councillor Chriss Triandafyllou

Hailsham South and West - Cons

 


Councillor Peter Waldock

Uckfield North - Cons

 


Councillor Neil Waller

Crowborough North - Cons

Dep Chair Planning North

 


Councillor David Watts

Chiddingly & East Hoathly - Cons

 


Councillor Graham Wells

Wadhurst - Cons

Portfolio Housing & Benefits

 


Councillor David White

Hellingly - Independent

 


Councillor John Wilton

East Dean - Conservative

 

 

The above are members (councillors) of the Wealden District Council in 2017. They are entrusted to provide an effective administration, taking in taxes from the residents and businesses and doing their best to provide social and other services efficiently. The introduction of the Climate Change Act 2008 and the requirement to provide affordable land for sustainable development is a challenge that most councils in the United Kingdom are finding hard to adapt to, since directed to do so from 2012 in the National Planning Policy Framework Document.

 

Life in England is much harder now for young families who cannot afford to buy their own house, where the cost of living and the high cost of property leaves them unable to aspire to home ownership. This means a life of renting and constant moving as landlords seek to get the highest possible rents for their properties in a market that is geared up to allow them to exploit the next generation, and the next and the next - unless something is done to break the cycle.

 

One of the problems might be that many councillors in the UK are either landlords or have close ties with land and property owners. If that is so, this is a clear conflict on interest that should be addressed. Councillors who do not have any residual interests will be more likely to want both affordable and sustainable housing for their constituents as they aim for a truly circular economy. The same rule applies to planning officers, some of which are known to have ties with the exploitative renting community. It is human nature to take advantage of a trusted position in public office and at the moment there are no outside safety nets to police the planning police - where we know from our investigations that the serious (organized) crime office will not get involved.

 

The fact is that affordable land has not been identified in Wealden land and at the time of writing, there are very few energy sustainable houses being built such as to get anywhere near the UN targets. We fear that Brexit may take England further away from the European lead targets as research funding will be near impossible to find once Horizon 2020 grants dry up.

 

 

 

 

SUSSEX INDEX A - Z

 

ALFRISTON

ARUNDEL CASTLE

BATTLE

BATTLE ABBEY

BATTLE OF HASTINGS

BEACHY HEAD - BELL TOOT (BELLE TOUT) LIGHTHOUSE

BEXHILL

BIRLING GAP

BODIAM CASTLE

BRIGHTON

CHICHESTER

CHIDDINGLY - HORSE SHOW and GYMKHANA

CROWBOROUGH

CUCKMERE VALLEY - EXCEAT

DISTRICT AND BOROUGH COUNCILS

EAST SUSSEX
EASTBOURNE - EASTBOURNE PIER

FIRLE

FIRLE BONFIRE SOCIETY

GLYNDE

GUY FAWKES

HAILSHAM

HASTINGS

HEATHFIELD

HERSTMONCEUX - CASTLE - CE SCHOOL - LINKS - FESTIVAL

LEWES

LEWES DISTRICT COUNCIL

NEWHAVEN

PEVENSEY CASTLE

RYE

SEAFORD

SEVEN SISTERS

SUSSEX

SUSSEX THINGS TO DO GUIDE

THE BATTLE OF HASTINGS

TRUGS

TWISSELLS MILL, OLD HEATHFIELD

UCKFIELD

WEALD

 

 

 

Weald down land December sunset 2017 looking toward Hailsham with the generating buildings below on the right. Copyright photograph Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd, all rights reserved.

 

 

Sustainable energy micro-generation at Herstmonceux in Sussex

 

This is the old generating station at Herstmonceux in Sussex dating from C.1900. It is being upgraded with micro-generation to become energy self-sufficient such as to comply with the United Nations agenda to reduce greenhouse gases to 80% of 1990 levels before 2050 - as embodied in the Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Act 2006. The current occupiers even drive an electric BMW i3 car that they hope to be able to charge on wind generated electricity in the near future. Copyright photograph Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd, all rights reserved.

 


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