WEALDEN DISTRICT COUNCIL

  Are they working for you or against you? Don't forget that each member has their own agenda. In many cases this conflicts with their duty to represent the people

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What cost to the country incompetence?  Sloppiness and Negligence?

 

 

IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING RELOCATING TO WEALDEN YOU MAY WANT TO KNOW MORE OF THE ADMINISTRATION THAN THE COUNCIL WILL LET ON :

  • The residents of Wealden District Council (WDC) are obliged to pay one of the highest rate levies in the country.  

  • This council's Monitoring Officer refuses to report his administrative errors and other reported injustices to the members of the council as required by law.  Ignorance is bliss for the councillors and hell for the electorate.

  • This council has been found guilty of maladministration several times since 1989.

  • This council has been severely criticised by Planning Inspectors, the County Court and the High Court for its unreasonable behaviour.

  • Nolan Committee recommend no council officer serves more than 5 years to prevent cosy relationships forming.  In Wealden DC most senior officers have served 15 years or more and enjoy working with outside consultants, who employ ex council officers.  Clearly, this is a recipe for disaster

  • Nolan Committee recommend new crime "misfeasance in public office" should be added to the statute books.

  • Some cases would be so damaging to this council, if they came into the public domain, this council have obtained gagging orders when settling claims of compensation.

 

COMMENT: INSTITUTIONALISED DISCRIMINATION IS APPARENT

 

Until the safety net is restored with a fully functional Monitoring Officer, so that members may know the true scale of the impropriety within the Planning and Legal departments, ratepayers money will continue to be squandered to cover up the facts, money going to preserve the jobs of professional staff unwilling to admit their mistakes and keen to hang in there for an enhanced early retirement.

 

Members who challenge officers on any issue will find themselves the subject of embarrassing rebukes, formal letters from officers reminding them of their duties, etc.  The plain fact is, the officers work for the Members and the Members represent the electorate.  All too often we find cases where officers have accused Members of impropriety in public, to eliminate these members from the decision making process.  It works because the Member so accused is then forced to declare an interest and excuse himself.  This tactic is adopted when an officer is about to be exposed and is a last resort.  However, these tactics are also contrary to the Council's constitution, where such public accusations hardly boost public confidence in the integrity of the Council.  It's got to stop!

 

 

Nelson Kruschandl - Still fighting against injustice, no matter what they did to him

 

Read Nelson's incredible story: How this council wasted half a million of ratepayers money trying to avoid their duty to protect a valuable historic building and why? This is a revelation as to the level of discrimination, that councils routinely adopt, when their members will not do their jobs as the elected representatives of the people. We are now in possession of a telling transcript of a planning meeting recorded without this council knowing they were being taped. During this recorded meeting Wealden's officers were deceiving the members of a planning committee - just as they had deceived Inspector Dannruether in 1987. In planning terms that is called "nursing a lie." Yup. They lied to the Secretary of State in 1987 and they are still lying to you now. 

 

 

The Councillors below meet together as a Full Council several times a year.  During these assemblies they decide the Council's overall policies and budgets.  The Council's Chairman, Vice Chairman and Leader are elected annually.  A Cabinet comprising 8 members is appointed by the Leader's recommendation, which group takes major decisions the Council may take.  Other Committees are also formed to decide various issues such as waste management and planning control.  You may ask a PUBLIC QUESTION if you put in your request in good time and the Council must respond in public and confirm their response in writing.

 

Policies are implemented through the Chief Executive and six Chief Officers who manage the departments and services the Council provides.  Therefore, it is essential that Councillors appoint officers fit to carry out their duties.

 

The Development Control Sub-Committees (North and South) meet on a four weekly basis to determine planning applications and deal with other development control functions. This Council employs around 600 staff in offices at Crowborough and Hailsham.  

 

 

 

Peter the town rat loves to kiss officers behinds. He'll do anything for a pat on the back and a nice little check for his expenses each month. It's the easy life for him. Unfortunately for Peter that is at odds with his duty to represent the people. But what the heck, he's been getting away with it for years and nobody mentions about the tan color of his nose anymore, because there are so many other tan noses. When a new member joins with his bright pink nose, it's not long before the officers have him nicely jumping through their loops.

 

 

YOUR RIGHTS

 

Citizens have a number of rights in their dealings with the Council.  They may ask public questions, enquire of the Monitoring Officer as to the legality of any decision, action or refusal to take action - as in the case of Anne Harris, where this council were found guilty of failing to protect this vulnerable farmer.  You may lobby the members and these members, seen below, have a duty to properly investigate issues.  You will find some members less than useless, you may get fobbed off, told lies, etc.  Occasionally though, you will find a very active councillor.  In fact, there are more members than ever, prepared to ask awkward questions and get to the truth of a matter - despite officers fudging replies and misleading them.

 

For further detailed information on how the Council operates download a copy of the new Constitution (pdf file - 236kb) or contact Martyn Garrett, Member Services Manager on 01892 602433 or e mail: martyn.garrett@wealden.gov.uk

 

 

PLANNING COMMITTEE SOUTH

 

The Planning Committee South supersedes the Planning Sub-Committee South and  determines planning applications, tree preservation orders and enforces planning control for the south of the District.   

 

It is possible to register to speak on planning applications that come to Committee, and information is available on how to register for Public Speaking at Committee meetings. We recommend that you do this - for if you don not, the officers could and as we have shown, do not tell the truth.

 

The Committee meets regularly every four weeks on a Thursday please see the calendar of meeting dates for further information.  The meetings are open to the public and are held in the Council Offices in Hailsham.

 

For more detailed information on the role and functions of the Planning Committees - see the Constitution or contact Democratic Services on 01892 602720 or e mail: committee.services@wealden.gov.uk  

 

 

MEMBERSHIP

 

 

Councillor Susan Stedman  (Chairman) 

 

 

Councillor Dianne Dear  (Deputy Chairman) 

 

 

Councillor Dick Angel   

 

 

Councillor John Blake   

 

 

Councillor Raymond Cade   

 

 

Councillor Barby Dashwood-Morris   

 

 

Councillor Steve Harms   

 

 

Councillor Nigel McKeeman   

 

 

Councillor Charles R Peck   

 

 

Councillor Stephen Shing   

 

 

Councillor Stuart Towner   

 

 

 

Councillor Chriss Triandafyllou   

 

 

Councillor Lin Clark  (Reserve) 

 

 

Councillor Ronald Cussons  (Reserve) 

 

 

Councillor Jan Dunk  (Reserve) 

 

 

Councillor Chris Hardy  (Reserve) 

 

 

Councillor Barry Marlowe  (Reserve) 

 

 

Councillor Daniel Shing  (Reserve) 

 

 

Councillor David White  (Reserve) 

 

 

Councillor Ann Newton  (ex-officio) 

 

 

Emma Luck  (Secretary) 

 

 

 

COUNCIL MEMBERS FROM 2006

 

You'll notice that many of these councillors from seven years ago are still in evidence - and those are the members that are most likely to be in the pockets of local developers and of course officers of the council that have struck up cozy relationships with big business, at the expense of the ordinary man in the street who simply wants a fair deal.

 

Fresh faces will be less likely to have succumbed to the wiles of persuasive officers, such as Ian Kay, who was an officer with this council for over 20 years. In 20 years you can get used to the perks of such a position and come to rely on that level of power. Power of course corrupts.

 

 

 

photo - link to details of Councillor Lord Abergavenny
Councillor Lord Abergavenny

Frant/Withyham

Conservative

 

photo - link to details of Councillor Dick Angel
Councillor Dick Angel

Heathfield North & Central

Conservative

Chairman Development Control South Sub-Committee

 

photo - link to details of Councillor Kevin Balsdon
Councillor Kevin Balsdon

Pevensey and Westham

Conservative

 

photo - link to details of Councillor Mrs Christina Berry
Councillor Mrs Christina Berry

Polegate North

Liberal Democrat

 

photo - link to details of Councillor John Blake
Councillor John Blake

Hellingly

Liberal Democrat

Deputy Chairman Personnel Committee

 

photo - link to details of Councillor Bruce Broughton-Tompkins
Councillor Bruce Broughton-Tompkins

Crowborough St Johns

Conservative

 

photo - link to details of Councillor Frank Brown
Councillor Frank Brown

Danehill/Fletching/Nutley

Conservative

 

photo - link to details of Councillor Norman Buck
Councillor Norman Buck

Buxted & Maresfield

Conservative

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Change Management

 

photo - link to details of Councillor Mrs Jane Clark
Councillor Mrs Jane Clark

Crowborough East

Liberal Democrat

Chairman Select Committee

 

photo - link to details of Councillor Nigel Coltman
Councillor Nigel Coltman

Hailsham East

Conservative

Leader of the Council

 

photo - link to details of Councillor Mrs Dianne Dear
Councillor Mrs Dianne Dear

Pevensey and Westham

Conservative

 

photo - link to details of Councillor Mrs Pam Doodes
Councillor Mrs Pam Doodes

Ninfield & Hooe with Wartling

Conservative

Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Health & Public Safety

 

photo - link to details of Councillor Mrs Claire Dowling
Councillor Mrs Claire Dowling

Uckfield Central

Conservative

 

photo - link to details of Councillor Nick Ellwood
Councillor Nick Ellwood

Hailsham South and West

Wealden Independent

Leader, Wealden Independent Group

 

photo - link to details of Councillor Mrs Jonica Fox
Councillor Mrs Jonica Fox

Cross-in-Hand/Five Ashes

Conservative

Chairman Development Control North Sub Committee

 

photo - link to details of Councillor Jack Gore
Councillor Jack Gore

Framfield

Conservative

 

photo - link to details of Councillor Dr Ian Haffenden
Councillor Dr Ian Haffenden

Hailsham South and West

Wealden Independent

 

photo - link to details of Councillor Paul Holbrook
Councillor Paul Holbrook

Hailsham Central and North

Liberal Democrat

 

photo - link to details of Councillor Jim Hollins
Councillor Jim Hollins

Hartfield

Conservative

Deputy Chairman, Environment Scrutiny Committee; Chairman Liquor & Entertainments Licensing Committee

 

photo - link to details of Councillor Mrs Pat Kennedy
Councillor Mrs Pat Kennedy

Buxted & Maresfield

Conservative

Chairman of the Council

 

photo - link to details of Councillor Mrs Margaret Kirkpatrick
Councillor Mrs Margaret Kirkpatrick

Heathfield North & Central

Conservative

Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Housing & Community Development

 

photo - link to details of Councillor David Logan
Councillor David Logan

Rotherfield

Conservative

Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Finance & Assets

 

photo - link to details of Councillor Andy Long
Councillor Andy Long

Herstmonceux

Conservative

 

photo - link to details of Councillor Mrs Sylvia Martin
Councillor Mrs Sylvia Martin

Danehill/Fletching/Nutley

Conservative

Deputy Chairman Select Committee

 

photo - link to details of Councillor Roy Martin
Councillor Roy Martin

Polegate North

Liberal Democrat

Deputy Chairman Development Control South Sub-Committee

 

photo - link to details of Councillor Mrs Linda McKeever
Councillor Mrs Linda McKeever

Pevensey and Westham

Conservative

 

photo - link to details of Councillor Ian McKirgan
Councillor Ian McKirgan

Crowborough Jarvis Brook

Wealden Independent

 

photo - link to details of Councillor Ian Mein
Councillor Ian Mein

Crowborough East

Liberal Democrat

Vice Chairman of the Council and Deputy Chairman Development Control North Sub-Committee

 

photo - link to details of Councillor Mrs Anna Monaghan
Councillor Mrs Anna Monaghan

Wadhurst

Conservative

 

photo - link to details of Councillor Mrs Rowena Moore
Councillor Mrs Rowena Moore

Forest Row

Conservative

 

 

photo - link to details of Councillor Mrs Laura Murphy
Councillor Mrs Laura Murphy

Hailsham Central and North

Liberal Democrat

Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group

 

photo - link to details of Councillor Mrs Lynda Myers
Councillor Mrs Lynda Myers

Frant/Withyham

Conservative

Deputy Chairman Regulatory Committee

 

photo - link to details of Councillor Ian Nottage
Councillor Ian Nottage

Uckfield New Town

Liberal Democrat

Deputy Chairman Liquor and Entertainments Licensing Committee

 

photo - link to details of Councillor Mrs Niki Oakes
Councillor Mrs Niki Oakes

Heathfield North & Central

Conservative

 

photo - link to details of Councillor Raymond Parsons
Councillor Raymond Parsons

Forest Row

Conservative

Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Corporate Services and Chairman Personnel Committee

 

photo - link to details of Councillor Mrs Diane Phillips
Councillor Mrs Diane Phillips

Crowborough West

Conservative

Chairman Community Scrutiny Committee

 

photo - link to details of Councillor Major Antony Quin RM
Councillor Major Antony Quin RM

Crowborough West

Conservative

Chairman Regulatory Committee

 

photo - link to details of Councillor Dr. Brian Redman
Councillor Dr. Brian Redman

Mayfield

Conservative

Chairman Internal Scrutiny Committee; Chairman Review Board

 

photo - link to details of Councillor Geoff Rowe
Councillor Geoff Rowe

Hailsham South and West

Wealden Independent

 

photo - link to details of Councillor Mrs Ivy Scarborough
Councillor Mrs Ivy Scarborough

Polegate South

Wealden Independent

 

photo - link to details of Councillor Tony Seabrook
Councillor Tony Seabrook

Willingdon

Liberal Democrat

Deputy Chairman Community Scrutiny Committee

 

photo - link to details of Councillor Stephen Shing
Councillor Stephen Shing

Willingdon

Liberal Democrat

 

photo - link to details of Councillor Paul Sparks
Councillor Paul Sparks

Uckfield North

Liberal Democrat

Deputy Chairman Internal Scrutiny Committee

 

photo - link to details of Councillor Robert Standley
Councillor Robert Standley

Wadhurst

Conservative

 

photo - link to details of Councillor Mrs Susan Stedman
Councillor Mrs Susan Stedman

Horam

Conservative

 

photo - link to details of Councillor Robert Sweetland
Councillor Robert Sweetland

Uckfield Ridgewood

Liberal Democrat

 

photo - link to details of Councillor Mrs Sylvia Tidy
Councillor Mrs Sylvia Tidy

Chiddingly & East Hoathly

Conservative

 

photo - link to details of Councillor Andy Watkins
Councillor Andy Watkins

Willingdon

Liberal Democrat

 

photo - link to details of Councillor Brian West
Councillor Brian West

East Dean

Conservative

 

photo - link to details of Councillor David White


Councillor David White

Hellingly

Liberal Democrat

 

photo - link to details of Councillor Keith Whitehead
Councillor Keith Whitehead

Alfriston

Conservative

Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Sustainable Development & Regeneration

 

photo - link to details of Councillor Alan Whittaker
Councillor Alan Whittaker

Uckfield North

Liberal Democrat

 

photo - link to details of Councillor Mrs Chantal Wilson
Councillor Mrs Chantal Wilson

Crowborough North

Non Group

Chairman Environment Scrutiny Committee

 

 

 

 

THIS SITE CONTAINS MANY EXAMPLES OF THIS COUNCIL'S UNREASONABLE BEHAVIOUR - With thanks to Action Groups across the country for the supply of real case history and supporting documents.  *THAT THE PUBLIC MAY KNOW*

   

 

Vicarage Lane, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 2AX T: 01323 443322
Pine Grove, Crowborough, East Sussex, TN6 1DH T: 01892 653311

 

 

 

CONTACTS

 

Anti Corruption in Wealden

 

Email: info@bushywood.com



 

During the 2nd World War, the Pevensey Levels hosted an underground radar tracking station. The emplacements seen in the photograph above were to protect the early warning station from land attack. The underground installation was flooded the last time our local historian visited. These remains are of historic importance. The above ground buildings on the adjacent hill have been converted to residential use. This is archaeological evidence of the fight against fascism that our forefathers carried to eradicate dictators, that we may enjoy our land peacefully and without interference from local authority with Nazi like agendas.


LINKS

 

http://www.independent.co.uk/the-real-scandal-behind-horsemeat-is-the-struggle-of-smallholding-british-farmers

http://www.farmersguardian.com/home/business/princess-anne-calls-for-uk-horsemeat-market/60182.article

http://www.equinerescuefrance.org/campaigns-2/horsemeat-in-france/

https://www.gov.uk/keeping-horses-on-farms

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1550742/We-should-eat-horse-meat-says-Ramsay.html

http://www.fwi.co.uk/business/horsemeat-scandal/

 

 

 

 

Historic buildings like the Castle above survive in the Wealden area, despite the efforts of council officers to avoid their duty to the built environment. This is testimony to the grit of the public, rather than the blood sucking nature of an organisation that bleeds taxes to pay staff that are in some cases negligent, power hungry and therefore a liability to freedom of the people from state interference. If such matters are allowed to escalate unchecked, it would not be long before England becomes a Nazi satellite.

 

 

 

The Immaculate Deception

 

Sexual cannibalism in humans is commonplace where the (UK) state still pays bunny-boilers to fabricate allegations - despite the untenable ratio of false allegations. This is called Noble Cause Corruption, so named because the cause (more convictions of rapists and perverts) is noble, but the means (convicting significant numbers of innocent men) is corrupt. A decent justice system is one where convictions are safe; where an appeal is guaranteed and where the court system does not refuse appellants the evidence for their barristers to perfect grounds of appeal. Unlike most European countries, the right of appeal in the UK in not mandatory and the discretionary single judge paper system is open to startling abuses. This book is based on a real case study, that reveals the fatal flaws in the English justice system. No man in England is safe until these issues are dealt with - it could happen to anyone. Let us not forget that the simplest way for councils under attack is to make an allegation against a person who is questioning their authority.