Wealden District Council

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Local Economy

We want Wealden businesses, communities and residents to thrive and prosper in the District. We are committed to planning and promoting opportunities for sustainable growth through:

  • Vibrant town centres and villages
  • Business innovation in a green environment
  • Promoting Wealden as a tourist destination
  • Stimulating high quality tourism experiences
  • Better broadband, 4G and 5G connectivity
  • Appropriate employment spaces
  • Leveraging funding into the District
  • Working with the South East Local Enterprise Partnership
  • Supporting local businesses, the Chambers of Commerce & the Federation of Small Businesses
  • Re-balancing the housing market to reflect local needs   

Our plan to achieve this:

1. Create an attractive and supportive business environment to encourage entrepreneurs, start-ups and niche businesses
2. Ensure practical support for local businesses to expand, creating more jobs for local people with the right skills
3. Lead by example in local procurement, and encourage local people to buy more from local producers
4. Take opportunities to increase external funding and inward investment into the District from a range of sources
5. Lead on key local regeneration projects to create busier, more diverse high streets and villages
6. Work with partners on a quality tourism offer, increasing visitor spend but containing numbers in line with capacity
7. Actively support Wealden’s farming, forestry and viticulture enterprises
8. Encourage healthy business practices through strong, consistent regulatory and safety advice, support, training and enforcement
9. Promote apprenticeship opportunities to stimulate local employment for people in Wealden
10. Engender a positive local environment for the cultural, creative and digital sectors, attracting better paid, higher skilled local jobs