Horse Sanctuary Trust is following Mr Scott's career with much interest.
We are hoping that Mr Scott heralds a period of greater transparency, with
officers making mistakes, admitting them early on, rather than nursing old
lies, as had been their MO.
a council, Wealden's problems began before 1980 when certain members of
the public noted inconsistencies in decisions and officers only partly
declaring interests, with masonic
fingers in certain pies.
are in a position of enormous trust, where land values are being
determined almost daily, and who benefits from those changing land values
is under their control, with no policing at all from the likes of Sussex
police, or the Secretary
of State, where only very infrequently are decisions called in for an
examination of due process.
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UCKFIELD NEWS 19 July 2018
- Trevor Scott is new chief executive of Wealden District Council
Trevor Scott has been appointed chief executive of Wealden District
Council. He takes over from Charles Lant who is retiring after 16 years in the job.
Mr Scott, whose appointment was agreed at a meeting of Wealden’s full council yesterday (July 18), steps up from the post of director of governance and corporate services.
He said: “I have worked for Wealden for 15 years and I know the district well.”
“We are a forward-looking council in a world which is looking to us to become increasingly self-reliant.
“We have achieved much in recent years, but there is still much to do. I look forward to the challenge of helping to improve public services for everyone in the district.”
The council said Mr Scott had been appointed following a rigorous competitive interview process involving candidates from across the country.
Passion and commitment
Wealden’s Portfolio Holder for Community Leadership and Human Resources, Cllr Nick Collinson, who is Chairman of the Personnel Committee, said Mr Scott had demonstrated his “passion and ongoing commitment to the council and the community”.
“I am in no doubt that Trevor will continue to successfully support and guide the council, just as his predecessor has done. Members and officers alike are looking forward to working with Trevor in his new role.”
Trevor Scott started his Wealden career in 2003 as head of democratic and legal services. He progressed to his current post in 2013, and subsequently deputy chief executive in 2015.
He is married with two children and has strong local ties, having attended Hailsham Community College. He is also chairman of Hailsham
Club [Somewhat ironic where his legal passage has been anything but].
What does a district council chief executive do?
The chief executive is the council’s principal administrative officer and will lead the process of implementation of policies decided by the elected councillors. Advice and guidance will be provided to members of the authority. A chief executive has the responsibility of ensuring the authority always acts lawfully and that the council is managed effectively and efficiently.
problem here is that Wealden have erred in law on many occasions
previously. On a couple of those occasions Mr Scott was involved.
UCKFIELD NEWS Monday, June 4, 2018
- Wealden Council’s chief executive is retiring
Wealden District Council chief executive, Charles Lant, has announced his intention to retire. He has been chief executive for 16 years and in public service for 40 years.
He said: “Wealden has been a very big part of my life and I feel very privileged to have been able to work with such great people, including officers, councillors, and other partners and, of course, the wider Wealden community.
“It’s always sad to leave, especially with some exciting and challenging times ahead, but then there are always exciting and challenging times in this job. I have really enjoyed it. Wealden has a great future ahead of it, and I feel the time is right to hand over the reins to a successor.”
During his time at Wealden, the council has seen great change. Charlie has overseen numerous projects, including: the Transformation Programme, reducing the Council’s running costs by over £4 million a year since 2010; the building of 160 council homes providing much needed
affordable housing across the district, and, more recently, promoting the council’s work on health, wellbeing, and loneliness to a national audience.
[Affordable is a gray area where true affordability has not been achieved,
but rather a percentage reduction over market values]
Council Leader, Cllr Bob Standley paid tribute to Mr Lant saying: “Charlie has dedicated his working life to serving local government and the community, and in particular the district of Wealden.
“I’d like to thank him for the valued guidance and support he has given Wealden’s elected councillors through the years.
“His strong and effective management has helped us deliver considerable success for the council, the benefits of which will be felt by Wealden residents and businesses for many more years to come. We all wish him well in his much deserved retirement.”
Mr Lant will also be retiring as Returning Officer having overseen all elections and referenda in the district for the last 16 years.
The council will be advertising for a successor shortly with the expectation that a new chief executive will be in post in good time to oversee the 2019 district and parish council elections which will see a new boundary structure for the council following the local government boundary changes.
OFFICERS FROM 1983 TO 2018
Trevor - Alcock
Charmain - Ditto - Arnold
Chris (Christine) - Barakchizadeh
Lesley - Paul Barker - Bending
Julian - Boakes Beverley - Bradshaw
Clifford - Brigginshaw
Marina - Brown
Ashley - Coffey
Patrick - Douglas
Dowsett Timothy - Flemming
Mike - Forder Ralph - Garrett
Martyn - Goodwin Daniel
- Henham J - Holness
Thomas - Johnson
Geoff - Kavanagh Geoff - Kay Ian - Kay
- Barbara Kingsford - Lant Charles - Mercer
Mileman Niall - Moon
Craig - Moss Douglas, J. - Nuttall
Christine - Pettigrew Rex - Phillips
David - Scarpa
Victorio - Scott
Kevin Stewart -
Turner Claire - Wakeford
Michael. - Whibley David - White,
George - Williams
Kelvin - Wilson Kenneth - White