Councillors are elected to represent the views of the people, secure affordable housing for locals, jobs, to reduce climate change and to protect heritage assets.







Councillor Susan Stedman, Horam, Wealden planning committee south


We should be concentrating on meeting climate change targets for cleaner air - where at the moment Wealden (and other councils) are failing miserably - and no wonder taking a look at their Climate Action Plan. On the basis of this document we haven't a hope in hell of meeting our 2008 statutory obligations by 2050.


With petrol cars being outlawed by 2040, plans should be in hand for transition to electric vehicles - but Wealden do not even have charging points in their own car park. How many officers and members drive electric vehicles? We wonder. Lead by example, that it how it should be done. As a Conservative Party member, Susan will know that Michael Gove is in trouble with Europe and Theresa May's government has been found guilty of failing to meet air quality requirements by the High Court. Would you like to change party Susan? Visit Councillor Susan Stedman on Twitter.



Susan Stedman is a Conservative party member. According to her bio she has lived in Horam for over thirty years and worked in the district for much of that time. She has represented Horam at the Wealden District Council since 2003. She is very involved with village affairs working closely with the Parish Council. Susan is also a Trustee of The Club Rooms that has recently opened The Horam Centre in the High Street. In addition she has organised The Horam Mile for Sport Relief, three times, raising thousands of pounds. Well done for that Susan, but what about climate change and affordable housing?


How does that sit with a Conservative party member and the wealthy landlords who are by and large also Conservative supporters and may not see the profit motive in lower rents or even houses that the ordinary person could afford on an ordinary wage. Would that not drive many property investors to the wall. We imagine so - and that may explain why in Wealden land this Conservative Council seem unwilling to earmark land for social housing. Wealden is no place to go if you are poor or homeless.



Well water under pressure from property developers


WATER CONTAMINATION OFFENCES - If houses are built on the hill that supplies the last surviving well in Herstmonceux, all of those who presently enjoy a sustainable water supply are likely to be poisoned by pesticides from the gardens of the proposed housing. In addition, where the hard standings of the proposed 70 houses are to be gully drained to a point lower than the twin wells, soakage that supplies the wells will be diverted away potentially starving the wells of water, save that from the garden areas. The amusing cartoon above portrays the situation that perhaps the developers were not aware of, when they bought into a situation that they should have been able to rely on. Unfortunately, the council concerned and the advisers to the original applicants appear to have been less diligent than they might have been in the rush to profit from a windfall situation.



Susan once owned (and may still do so) Tubwell Nurseries and for that reason only we include some information on that property. Members are required to make declarations of interests, so this would be recorded and available on Weaden's official website and must be available for public inspection. We do not intend to offend any member by such inclusion.


For example, we know that Ms Stedman is friends with a contributor to this website, hence could not stay in a room as chairman when planning matters were being discussed relating to that person - and these instances would need to have been recorded in the Register of Interests.


Party:  Conservative Local Website

Ward:  Horam

Parish: Horam


More information about this councillor:


* Attendance Record

* Declarations at Meetings

* Register of Interests

* Gifts and Hospitalities




ACCEPTANCE - District Cllr Susan Stedman's Declaration of Acceptance. Susan Stedman with Wealden District Council’s Returning Officer, Charlie Lant on Saturday 9 May 2015, following completion of her Declaration of Acceptance. Her term of office will run from May 2015 to May 2019. 



Contact Information


Home Phone:  01435 813182


Home Address: 
Tubwell Nurseries
Tubwell Lane
Maynards Green
Horam, East Sussex  TN21 0BY

Facebook: Susan 4 Horam

Twitter: Susan_Stedman 1





Property Type: Home
Sold: February 14, 2014
Estimated Value: £375,000

Last Sale Price: £375,000 on February 14, 2014


Ownership Agreement: Freehold
Construction: Existing Building


Rental Estimate: £1,500 pcm*
Historical Changes in Value

Five Year Difference: 12%
Ten Year Difference: 13%


Purchase Tax Rate (SDLT) at Current Value: 3%
Taxes at Current Value: £11,250*
Local Tax Band: E



Wealden councillor Sue Stedman


Susan Stedman




According to several property websites Susan's neighbourhood will be almost all white British residents as there is a lack of diversity and locals tend to be slightly more mature with an average age of 47. Neighbours nearby should be well educated as 22% hold at least one degree, and say they are in relatively good health overall.

Need ownership details, property maps and flood risks? The Land Registry's Property Search makes these available for a small fee. Put "Tubwell Nurseries" in for the house number and "TN21 0BY" for the postcode to search for any documents they may have on this property.


We are not sure if Cllr Stedman is still at this address, but if she is we wonder if her and her partner have installed any energy harvesting features? Does Susan drive an electric car, or does she have plans to do so in the future.





All was well in the Wealden District, then along came the Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Act 2006, followed by the Climate Change Act 2008 to put a spanner in the works.


These Acts demand that Wealden put in place a workable plan and encourage development of sustainable housing and transport. These Acts are in response to United Nations targets to fend off a global catastrophe of melting ice caps and rising seas - something that local investors ignore.


A workable plan involves making sure that houses, transport and workplaces in the Wealden area reduce their carbon footprint by 3% a year to get back below 1990 levels by the year 2050.


If we assume that the houses that existed and are still existing from 1990 have not increased or reduced their energy requirement, then we need to work out how many new houses have been built since 1990 - and how many more will be built by 2050 - then add them together to work out what new or replacement houses have to achieve in terms of energy efficiency.


Unfortunately, Wealden have been handing out consents since 2008 for properties that are not energy sustainable and those that are likely to be built in the future will also be substandard in energy terms, taking a look at what is on the cards at the moment.


We cannot find any initiative in the Wealden district to assist the development of an EV infrastructure for 2030, when we are all supposed to be driving zero carbon vehicles. Such an effort would have a marked effect and ease the housing energy deficit somewhat.


Add all of these factor together and it pretty soon becomes clear that new-builds will have to be virtually zero carbon and existing houses and factories should aim to reduce energy consumption to give us some slack.


Houses that are energy self-sufficient will not look like the houses Wealden's planners are used to approving. They are so set in their ways that they have Climate Change blindness.


Buildings that are modified to harvest solar energy will change in appearance somewhat - but this is typically permitted development - and if it is not - the above Acts tend to support what is or will be necessary to improve existing stocks in line with a workable plan.


We have yet to see an appeal decision where Wealden have declined the addition of renewable energy features, but feel sure that one will come soon. At this point the Secretary of State will be able to give some much needed potty training (guidance) for local bed wetters.




NEW BUILD SOLAR HOUSE - The light-filled Home For Life dwelling is a striking contemporary home completed as one of eight experimental Active Houses financed by FKR Holding. The 2,045-square-foot two-bedroom house is filled with natural light and strategically placed to take in 50% of its winter heating from passive solar means. The ultra-efficient home includes a photovoltaic system, solar hot water system, heat pump, energy optimized windows, and an automatic natural ventilation system. It is easy to point a new build in the right direction to capture passive heat. it is not so easy with an existing building such as the industrial building below.




GENERATING WORKS HERSTMONCEUX - This pergola is actually a mount for a bank of solar panels that will generate clean electricity for the old generating buildings, along with water heaters and a wind turbine aiming for self-sufficiency in energy terms. The solar panels are designed to move to track the sun. Using wood like this costs a bit more but it is in keeping with the wooden theme for the rural scene and does not harm the archaeology. Wood is of course a carbon sink. More wooden houses should be built to lock up CO2.


WHAT ELSE? - Glass area is increased where possible to capture passive heat and an underground chamber is being modified to store hot water for heating and washing. The original shell is improved with insulation in the roofs and walls, by way of over cladding for an extra layer of comfort. The occupiers use an electric car, that eventually, could be charged from on-site solar panels. In this way this historic asset uses considerably less energy than it did in 1990 and is heading towards zero carbon status. The problem with such conversions is that town planners do not recognise the benefits they are looking at, when they should be encouraging such efforts.


Future homes could make electricity bills a thing of the past, and even help you earn money in the process. Energy homes are popping up around the world, generating more energy than they use, and can even be set up to sell excess energy back to the grid. Beautiful, energy efficient, and increasingly affordable, these dwellings are proving the viability of renewable energy over fossil fuel sources.




CHURCH ROAD HERSTMONCEUX - What a lovely house, fit for a King or Queen. But, and this is a big but, where are the sustainable energy features? Another missed opportunity and we wonder what the incentive was to allow this development to proceed - where this house is adding to, rather than helping to reduce climate change.


As we said, Wealden are talking the talk, but not walking the talk. This is a house in Church Road that was still being built in December 2017. Next door to this new house there is a similar large house also new-build and also devoid of any micro generation features. It appears that that Wealden are hell bent on building more of the same that got us into the climate change mess - and stopping anyone from adding micro generation and other passive energy harvesting features to existing property. What are they playing at?




FOSSIL FUEL BILLS IN LIME PARK - By way of example, we see here two deliveries of fuel oil on two consecutive days in December 2017 in Lime Park, an area just a few hundred yards from the new builds above. Heating the old Victorian manor house, that is divided into four residences, appears to use a lot of heating oil that is contributing to global warming and fueling climate change.


These terraced houses have high ceilings and little insulation. The occupiers have done virtually nothing in terms of micro generation and so rely on regular deliveries of fossil fuels to keep them warm in winter. The Old Rectory also uses a disproportionate quantity of heating oil, but could fit ground heat pumps or solar panels or wind turbines to help the rest of us meet UN targets for 2050. It seems like many years away, but at the present apathetic rate, Wealden are (not) progressing at, we can kiss goodbye to arctic ice. So save a place for a polar bear in your garage. They are going to need it.




FOSSIL FUEL USAGE STUDY - Two more deliveries of fuel oil and gas in Lime Park. Older properties were not designed to be energy efficient. This is the proof. One reason that the Church sold the Rectory in the early 1980s, was the high cost of heating oil for a house that is poorly insulated. There is though much scope for improvement. Added to the cost of the fuel oil is the cost in terms of transport for each delivery and the carbon miles this generates.


On site water heating and solar panels for electricity would help enormously in the battle to contain a warming planet. We hope that any new occupiers will do something about this - and that unlike next door, Wealden may actually encourage the owners. Maybe there should be a law about energy efficiency upgrades at exchange, where the vendor and purchaser agree to contribute to improvements that are agreed by an expert. If a unit has already been upgraded, then no contribution is necessary. Fuel for thought. Below are some of the civil servant officers that appear not to have their eye on the climate change issue, some of which might be more concerned with keeping buildings in the hands of preferred people - contrary to Articles 8 and 14 and Article 1 of Protocol 1. Any violation of a person Human Rights by a council is of course unlawful and may become illegal if it is a prolonged assault on a person, when Article 3 also comes into play.



Patrick Scarpa, solicitor Wealden District Council David Whibley, enforcement officer Wealden District Council  


Victorio Scarpa, David Whibley, Julian Black, Daniel Goodwin, Christine Arnold


Christine Nuttall, solcitor, Wealden District Council corruption and monument protection English Heritage David Phillips, perjury and corruption Wealden District Council, the Energy Age, Nelson Kruschandl Douglas Moss 


Christine Nuttall, David Phillips, Douglas Moss, Ian Kay, Charles Lant



Abbott Trevor - Alcock Charmain - Ditto - Arnold Chris (Christine) - Barakchizadeh Lesley - Paul Barker - Bending Christopher

Black Julian - Boakes Beverley - Bradshaw Clifford - Brigginshaw Marina - Brown Ashley - Coffey Patrick - Douglas Sheelagh

Dowsett Timothy - Flemming Mike - Forder Ralph - Garrett Martyn - Goodwin Daniel - Henham J - Holness Derek

Hoy Thomas - Johnson Geoff - Kavanagh Geoff - Kay Ian - Kay I. M. - Barbara Kingsford - Lant Charles - Mercer Richard

Mileman Niall - Moon Craig - Moss Douglas, J.Nuttall Christine - Pettigrew Rex - Phillips David - Scarpa Victorio - Scott Trevor

Kevin Stewart - Wakeford M. - Whibley David - White, George - Williams Kelvin - Wilson Kenneth - White Steve






SUSSEX STEDMAN'S - A Year Book of the Sussex Provincial Grand Lodge reveals two entries for Stedman. This probably has no bearing at all on this Councillor. We are sure she will advise if there is a connection. But, Ian Kay's father in law was a mason in the Tyrian Lodge as was another councillor. Hence, there is or was a masonic element within Wealden District Council that presents a potentially criminal conflict of interest where those interests are not declared. By looking back at old year books it is possible to build a picture of who is likely to influence what and why. We advocate a zero tolerance policy when it comes to failures to declare. We advocate automatic prosecution of offenders in the public interest of transparency in local government.





Wealden is a substantial district covering some 323 square miles of lush downland where wealthy people like to retire. Wealden is the largest district in East Sussex, home to some 143,000 people. 


This Council's responsibilities include housing, planning, building control, waste collection, recycling, climate change, emergency planning and economic regeneration. That last one is beyond the grasp of civil servants - and that is why the national debt is so high and with Brexit looming, the debt will rise and the performance of the UK economy take a nose dive according to Sir John Sawer.


With all of this going on Wealden is happy to spend taxpayers money tying up would be entrepreneurs in knots. As many readers will appreciate, government directives are to encourage small businesses. Wealden, don't seem to get it.


The national debt is increasing by some £2.5 billion a week, and all local authorities with corrupt officers still in their employ are partly to blame, for it is the corruption that is preventing the build of affordable housing with sustainable energy characteristics.


To be fair, even if there was no corruption or discrimination, the task of delivering energy neutral housing would require a very clever strategy. One that requires taking the bull by the horns proactively. Hence, not a chance in Wealden land where everything is retrospective.



ND   2014

£1.46 trillion  (estimated)




ND   2013

£1.33 trillion




ND   2012 

£1.04 trillion




ND   2011

£0.91 trillion





ND   2010

£0.76 trillion




ND   2009

£0.62 trillion





ND   2008

£0.53 trillion  (banking crisis)




ND   2007

£0.44 trillion  (estimated)






Two-thirds of the district is covered by the High Weald and Sussex Downs Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are 34 conservation areas and over 2,500 listed buildings.


Wealden places a high value on protecting the countryside, but no value at all on protecting buildings of local historic interest - and that is one reason why there is no Local List. The other reason is that it was/is inconvenient to have certain buildings recognised, which might clash with long standing enforcement agendas. The problem with this attitude is that tourism suffers, and tourism is one of the biggest earners in the South of England according to the Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS). It follows that the hidden agenda has been costing local businesses for years. A sort of 'cut off your nose to spite your face' policy. Way to go Wealden.



Letter from Wealden's Kelvin Williams proving there is no local list


Councillor Robert Standley is obviously a team player, but does that extend to covering up the inconvenient truth, or are the officers pulling the wool over his eyes?  One prominent resident has been a victim of council discrimination, Human Rights violations and abuses for many years. This appears to be institutionalized, with all departments put on alert to cover up past HR violations - but then came the Human Rights Act, leaving a lot of egg on faces to be removed slowly over many years in the hope nobody would notice the swing in policies. Fat chance! The harder you try to cover this up, the more we will dig to publish - and we have not yet begun to fight.



Proposal for 70 houses in Herstmonceux village by Barton Willmore


ZERO CARBON BRITAIN - Hardly! Developments such as that proposed at Lime Cross field at Herstmonceux are making home ownership more of a distant memory for most young families in Sussex. The classic 70 house mix is now a favourite tactic employed by London planners such as Barton Willmore, who are scooping up windfall profits from the current loophole that thousands of speculative property developers are scrambling to take advantage on in the biggest gold rush since the Klondike.



Herstmonceux Action Group poster saying no to large scale village development



Planning policies are being cast to the wind as councils are giving consents on land previously declared as unsuitable for development. Plainly, Lime Cross is well outside the village development boundary that is outlined in black on the above plan. The size of the proposed development, outlined in red, is almost a second Herstmonceux village, consolidating and pulling into the adopted village development boundary, Chappell Row, Church Road and Lime Park. At several planning appeals Wealden has argued the above - but is now indicating a 'U' Turn in policies that have held sway and cost the ratepayer almost £500,000 half a million pounds to cement. If approved, the level of hypocrisy will exceed that anticipated by hundreds of villagers who are protesting vociferously. 



Traffic congestion in Herstmonceux village


CONGESTION - In order to prevent traffic chaos, development should be balanced and gradual - so, should work from the village outward with even distribution around the compass. The proposed site access, though somehow approved by ESCC, is far from satisfactory - indicating just how deep Planning Gold Rush fever has gripped the county. Just as with the Klondike towns, excess village development will lead to long term disappointment. 




Cllr Bob Standley — Leader; also responsible for Finance and Policy.
Cllr Claire Dowling — Corporate Services and Deputy Leader.
Cllr Jan Dunk — Corporate Assets.
Cllr Rowena Moore Waste Management.
Cllr Roy Galley — Planning & Development.
Cllr Graham Wells — Affordable Housing.
Cllr Johanna Howell — Community and Voluntary Sector.
Cllr Jonica Fox was re-elected Chairman of the Council unopposed

Cllr Brian Redman was elected vice-chairman

The following positions were also approved by Full Council:

Chairman of the Licensing Committee: Cllr Susan Stedman.
Chairman of the Community and Environment Scrutiny Committee: Cllr David Larkin
Chairman of Internal and Audit Scrutiny Committee: Cllr Huw Merriman.
Chairman of Planning Committee North: Cllr Ann Newton.
Chairman of Planning Committee South: Cllr Barby Dashwood-Morris.
Chairman of the Personnel Committee: Cllr Claire Dowling.
Chairman of the Standards Committee: Cllr Lin Clark (from 1 July).


Wealden community strategy LSP Board member RoyGalley

Wealden Conservatives


Wealden District Council






Dear Councillor,


As a member of a council responsible for a great many historic towns and villages, and also caretaker of the public purse, could we ask you to be especially vigilant against maladministration within the Wealden District Council.


Maladministration is where a local authority fails to carry out the function that it was created to perform. The reason we mention this is because of the appalling history of planning enforcement appeals that were forced on members of the public - and never should have been sanctioned in the first place. That was the reason for the creation of this website and formation of the Wealden Action Group.


Obviously, we want to do our best to keep your council on the straight and narrow - and the way to do this is to monitor your progress and where applicable, lobby members, MPs and the media, pointing our potential pitfalls, so helping your council to avoid administrative errors. We thus contribute to council efficiency.


One of the most important functions that a council is charged with, is to provide a rolling stock of land for affordable housing. The fact that most councils are not doing so, is a major problem that is making the next generations financial slaves. The UK has an unenviable history of human rights abuses, beginning with the invention of concentration camps.


While (empire) building mansions might make a lot of bankers and landlords very happy; it is fair? We were under the impression that Britain was aiming to be at 1990 carbon levels by 2050. That goal relies on sustainable practices and sustainability equals affordability. Huge profits for some and slavery for others is immoral and on par with prostitution in our opinion.


Building expensive homes, where we cannot house low wage earners, is economic lunacy and un-sustainable. This is elitist politics, rather than an equal opportunities bedrock - that should prevail in the interests of democracy. The new goal is a Circular Economy.


These are particularly difficult times, where public funding is under scrutiny against overspending, but such international issues as global warming should still be targeted for attention. We would then expect grants of planning permission for houses that are both affordable and zero carbon - to reduce global warming - and that means smaller houses with a proportionally smaller carbon footprint.


A workable formula for such housing is clear. Sweden and Germany lead with flatpack and other low energy housing - that is affordable, being in the £25-70,000 range. Young families could afford to buy such houses, provided that councils earmark land for affordable development. 


What we don't want is agricultural land suddenly going from £5,000 an acre to £1,000,000 - simply because a council failed to identify land for affordable housing. The moment land is allowed to escalate in value, houses are no longer affordable.


Could we suggest that land that is identified as suitable (necessary) for affordable housing, should only be granted consent for genuinely affordable homes. That might put a stop to the Klondike planning stampede that has opened up as a result of council sloth.


Once land is earmarked for affordable developments, Community Land Trusts could build houses for letting at sensible rents - but once again, they need land that is identified as being for affordable housing.


Thank you for taking the time to read this message and we look forward to seeing many sustainable decisions in the future and perhaps hearing your views on such proposals, when you have a spare moment.


Yours sincerely




Horse Sanctuary Trust UK  (an equal opportunities organisation)





WAITING LISTS - This could be a scene in Wealden land if they fail to deliver housing stocks in sustainable fashion. People queuing up to buy affordable houses that have yet to be built. Why? Because the district is catering only for the rich.



Dick Angel - Jo Bentley - John Blake - Bob Bowdler - Don Broadbent - Norman Buck - Raymond Cade - John Carvey - Valerie Chidson

Lin Clark - Nicholas Collinson - Nigel Coltman - Ronald Cussons - Barby Dashwood-Morris - Dianne Dear - Phil Dixon - Pam Doodes

  Claire Dowling - Jan Dunk - Louise Eastwood - Philip Ede - Helen Firth - Jonica Fox - Roy Galley - Jack Gore - Richard Grocock

Chris Hardy - Steve Harms - Jim Hollins - Peter Holloway - Johanna Howell - Brian Hubbard - Toby Illingworth - Stephen Isted

Brian Jarman - David Larkin - Andy Long - Michael Lunn - Barry Marlowe - Nigel McKeeman - Huw Merriman - Rowena Moore - Kay Moss

Douglas Murray -   Ann Newton - The Lord Newton - Ken Ogden - Amanda O'RaweCharles R Peck - Diane Phillips - Mark Pinkney

Eddie Powell - Major Antony Quin RM - Ronald Reed - Dr. Brian Redman - Carol Reynolds - Greg Rose - Peter Roundell

William Rutherford - Daniel Shing - Oi Lin Shing - Raymond Shing - Stephen Shing - Robert Standley - Susan Stedman - Bill Tooley

Jeanette Towey - Stuart Towner - Chriss Triandafyllou - Peter Waldock - Neil Waller - David Watts - Mark Weaver - Graham Wells

Brian West - David White - John Wilton






FLUSHED WITH SUCCESS - We imagine that Wealden would have been overjoyed in duping the High Court into making an Order that demanded removal of toilet facilities from their long-term adversary's home, condemning him to defecate in the old fashioned way - and remarkable is it not how well an animal can adapt and build from sheer determination until it is time to reveal the truth and his gleaming new urinals. The building the subject of this underhanded assault has toilets re-fitted of course thanks to Dame Butler-Sloss and the occupiers rejoice with each pull of the handle, at the resourcefulness of this underdog when the chips were down. The frivolity at Wealden's offices was short lived when the Health & Safety Executive chimed in to spend a penny or two. From that point on Wealden have been bogged down with the publication of what they had done - leaving then with permanent skidmarks in the underpants of their hall of shame. No amount of toilet tissue can ever wipe the brown from this council's back passages.


Don't forget your Council's appalling Human Rights record. The above story is true and fairly recent. If your officers don't start to behave themselves, you, the members will have to potty-train them. They must start telling the truth to committees and doing something about the tragedy that is climate change. If you sort that out for us, we'll take care of feeding the world.



POTTY TRAINING - Using a potty may be a new skill for your planning team to learn. It's best to take it slowly and go at your candidates pace, about the same pace as a child should do the trick. Being patient with them while they re-interpret statute will help them get it right, even if they sometimes feel frustrated that Her Majesty's Government has laid down such rules. They should be taught that every person is entitled to a toilet no matter how much their team are out to get any challenging member of the public - and yes we know how irritating it is to be caught out - and yes of course that makes you hate that member of the public more - so that you try another dirty trick. So, if you are going to plan another vendetta, be sure that you don't get caught with your trousers down. Bury your target good and proper - or he or she may come back to haunt you with the inconvenient truth and reveal what you did and why you did it. If they don't, we will.


If having read this you still feel the urge to go after poor old Mr Kruschandl, you are probably not suitable material for continued council membership - because you have been compromised emotionally by the discovery that your Council's past frolics will not go away. Having been beaten on the potty issue and with the stables at Bushy Wood having been rebuilt following the unlawful demolition. Then there is the Petition that was whitewashed. Mr Phillips fabricating photographic evidence in the case of David Charley. With all this percolating in your mind you may find that you are no longer capable of reasonable decision making. Whereas an honest Councillor with high morals acts impartially and fairly, taking into account all of the duties imposed by statute - and tries their best to put things right.





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


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




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 - 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







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





Dick Angel - Kevin Balsdon - Jo Bentley - John Blake - Bob Bowdler - Don Broadbent - Norman Buck - Raymond Cade - John Carvey

  Lin Clark - Nicholas Collinson - Nigel Coltman - Ronald Cussons - Barby Dashwood-Morris - Dianne Dear - Phil Dixon - Pam Doodes

  Claire Dowling - Jan Dunk - Louise Eastwood - Philip Ede - Helen Firth - Jonica Fox - Roy Galley - Richard Grocock - Chris Hardy

Steve Harms - Jim Hollins - Peter Holloway - Johanna Howell - Toby Illingworth - Stephen Isted - David Larkin - Andy Long - Michael Lunn

Philip Lunn - Barry Marlowe - Nigel McKeeman - Rowena Moore - Kay Moss - Douglas Murray - Ann Newton - Ken Ogden

Amanda O'RaweCharles R Peck - Diane Phillips - Mark Pinkney - Major Antony Quin RM - Ronald Reed - Dr. Brian Redman

Carol Reynolds - Greg Rose - Peter Roundell - William Rutherford - Daniel Shing - Oi Lin Shing - Raymond Shing - Stephen Shing

Angela Snell - Robert Standley - Susan Stedman - Rupert Thornely-Taylor - Roger Thomas - Bill Tooley - Jeanette Towey - Chriss Triandafyllou

Peter Waldock - Neil Waller - David Watts - Mark Weaver -Graham Wells - David White - John Wilton



AREA PLANS SOUTH MEMBERS - A planning application that was received in September 2018, is in connection with one of the most controversial grants ever to be made under the dubious lead of Kelvin Williams and Charlie Lant, both officers now ousted from their former positions in Wealden District Council. With many issues to resolve that were masked previously in the rush to provide more housing in what they were told was a windfall situation where they could ignore national planning policies, many members are wondering what they should be concentrating on - with quite a lot of conflicting evidence now surfacing that did not know about, and issues to be resolved that have not been adequately addressed.







Andrew Long - (no email address)

David White -

Diane Dear -

Charles Peck -

Chris Hardy -

Chris Triandafyllou -

Daniel Shing -

Dick Angel -

Barby Dashwood-Morris -

Barry Marlowe -

Bill Bentley -

John Blake -

Lin Clark -

Nigel Coltman -

Nigel McKeeman -

Raymond Cade -


Ron Cussons -

Stephen Harms -

Stephen Shing -

Susan Stedman -




Sussex Express -


Eastbourne Herald -


The Argus -





Dick Angel - Firlands House, Mutton Hall Hill, Heathfield, East Sussex, TN21 8NL

Kevin Balsdon - 10 The Belfry, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 3UG 
Bob Bowdler - Iron Latch Farm, Forest Lane, Punnetts Town, TN21 9JA 

Dianne Dear - 37A Eastbourne Road, Pevensey Bay, East Sussex, BN24 6HL 
Richard Grocock - Camelot, Western Road, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 3DY 
Douglas Murray - 69 Wannock Lane, Willingdon, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN20 9SG 
Amanda O'Rawe - 40 Sandbanks Way, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 3LN 
Angela Snell - 11 Elizabeth Court, High Street, Polegate, BN26 5EN 
Stephen Shing - 18 Coppice Avenue, Willingdon, Eastbourne, BN20 9PN 
Susan Stedman - Tubwell Nurseries, Tubwell Lane, Maynards Green, Horam, East Sussex, TN21 0BY

Chriss Triandafyllou - Hillcrest, Coldthorn Lane, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 3PJ 
David Watts - Ashridge, 28 Sunstar Lane, Polegate, East Sussex, BN26 5HS




Councillor Jo Bentley (Reserve) 
Councillor Nigel Coltman (Reserve) 
Councillor Jan Dunk (Reserve) 
Councillor Johanna Howell (Reserve) 
Councillor Daniel Shing (Reserve) 
Councillor Roger Thomas (Reserve) 



Angel, Dick -

Balsdon, Kevin -

Bowdler, Bob - 

Diane Dear -

Grocock, Richard - 

Murray, Douglas -

O'Rawe, Amanda -

Snell, Angela -

Stephen Shing -

Susan Stedman -

Triandafyllou, Chris -

Watts, David -





The Klondike Gold Rush was a migration by an estimated 100,000 prospectors to the Klondike region of the Yukon in north-western Canada between 1896 and 1899. Gold was discovered there by local miners on August 16, 1896 and, when news reached Seattle and San Francisco the following year, it triggered a stampede of would-be prospectors. Some became wealthy, but the majority went in vain. The Klondike Gold Rush ended in 1899 after gold was discovered in Nome, Alaska prompting an exodus from the Klondike. It has been immortalized by photographs, books and films.

To reach the gold fields most took the route through the ports of Dyea and Skagway in Southeast Alaska. Here, the Klondikers could follow either the Chilkoot or the White Pass trails to the Yukon River and sail down to the Klondike. Each of them was required to bring a year's supply of food by the Canadian authorities in order to prevent starvation. In all, their equipment weighed close to a ton, which for most had to be carried in stages by themselves. Together with mountainous terrain and cold climate this meant that those who persisted did not arrive until summer 1898. Once there, they found few opportunities and many left disappointed.

Mining was challenging as the ore was distributed in an uneven manner and digging was made slow by permafrost. As a result, some miners chose to buy and sell claims, building up huge investments and letting others do the work. To accommodate the prospectors, boom towns sprang up along the routes and at their end Dawson City was founded at the confluence of the Klondike and the Yukon River. From a population of 500 in 1896, the hastily-constructed town came to house around 30,000 people by summer 1898. Built of wood, isolated and unsanitary, Dawson suffered from fires, high prices and epidemics. Despite this, the wealthiest prospectors spent extravagantly gambling and drinking in the saloons. The Native Hän people, on the other hand, suffered from the rush. Many of them died after being moved into a reserve to make way for the prospectors.

From 1898, the newspapers that had encouraged so many to travel to the Klondike lost interest in it. When news arrived in the summer of 1899 that gold had been discovered in Nome in west Alaska, many prospectors left the Klondike for the new goldfields, marking the end of the rush. The boom towns declined and the population of Dawson City fell away. Mining activity of the gold rush lasted until 1903 when production peaked after heavier equipment was brought in. Since then the Klondike has been mined on and off and today the legacy draws tourists to the region and contributes to its prosperity.






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