Wealden District Council

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The Leader of Wealden District Council is Councillor Bob Standley. He will be pleased to answer any question you may have about Wealden District Council's policies, or other matters involving the Council, which you think are of interest to people living, working or visiting Wealden.

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Councillor Standley is the Conservative Leader of the Cabinet of Wealden District Council and has represented Wadhurst since 2004.

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Presenting petitions about planning applications

Question

 

 Dear Mr Standley,

 

 Would you accept a petition from the residents of Hailsham about the potential development on Pevensey catchment (WD/2017/0458/MAO) of a 300 dwelling housing estate. This has caused significant unease and concern for a variety of reasons. I would like to arrange this for 11.00am on Friday 31st March. I would contact the local media.

 

Thank you

 

Steve Cross

 

 

Answer

The Council does respond to petitions from public. I have included a leaflet which explains how the process works https://tinyurl.com/kwslxhp.  

However, petitions relating to specific planning applications, as in this case, should be handed in to the Planning Department where it will be accepted as part of the public consultation process for the application. You can hand the petition in during working hours to the Council Offices in Vicarage Lane, Hailsham. Our opening times are:  Monday –Friday 8.30am – 5pm (Wednesdays 9am -5pm).

Regards

Bob Standley

Excessive speeding in Selmeston

Question

Dear Mr Standley, The Street, Selmeston, suffers from excessive speed (recorded at over 50mph in some instances) from all types of vehicles (including farm machinery). We have requested on many occasions some form of traffic calming method, all to no avail. Could you please look at this problem again please? We have approached ESCC Highways, but they too have ignored our requests. Kind Regards, Simon Muggleton (Selmeston Parish Meeting)

 

Answer

Dear Mr Muggleton,

 

Thank-you for your enquiry. The excessive speed of vehicles on our rural roads in a great concern to many of us. As you point out, the introduction of traffic calming measures is a responsibility of the County Council and not the District Council.

 

To mount a persuasive case, you could ask the County Council to carry out a traffic survey where they will monitor traffic volumes and speeds. The Parish Council can also fund these surveys ( approx £400) should they choose. This will identify if there is actually a problem or just a perceived one.  Your local County Councillor is Cllr Nick Bennett -cllr.nick.bennett@eastsussex.gov.uk - who should be able to help you. 

 

Regards

Bob Standley





For information on any of the Ask The Leader questions listed please contact our Communications Officer on pr@wealden.gov.uk.