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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Editorial policy of Pevensey Bay Life



Can you explain to me how Dianne Dear, a Wealden Councillor who owns Pevensey Bay Life, a local printed Newspaper and also an online Newspaper, can control the editorial content of these media?

There has recently been a number of news items referring to the proposed closure of some library services. Space was given to correspondents who were opposed to the closure of Pevensey Bay Library. There was also a response from a resident who explained a plan to keep the Library open without County Council backing. I now find today that this response has been deleted by Dianne Dear. The items opposing closure are however still there to be read.

Is it perfectly normal for the news to be effectively manipulated by our representative on Wealden Council? If so, I'm afraid it doesn't say much for the integrity of the council.

Peter Dryden



Dear Mr Dryden

Thank-you for your Ask the Leader question. Dianne Dear’s ownership of Pevensey Life is a private matter and the views in those publications do not represent the Council’s view but Dianne Dear’s own opinions.

Councillors are expected to follow the Code of Conduct but that does not preclude councillors from having careers and employment in addition to representing their communities. If you are not happy with the way Pevensey Life is portraying a particular issue you should take that up with Dianne Dear directly.



Bob Standley

Encouraging electric vehicles


In light of the government's proposal to end the sale of diesel and petrol cars by 2040, what are the council's future plans for installing public electric car power points across the district?

Bill Rixon


Dear Mr Rixon,

Wealden District Council supports the transition to low emission transport and has had a dual charging unit installed at its headquarters office site in Hailsham since 2011.  

A number of publically-available charge points are also available across the District, owned and operated by a variety of providers.


The future supporting infrastructure is likely to be focused in fuel stations on the strategic road network and/or on-street in residential areas and town centres – these would be for the private sector and the County Council Highways to deliver. Sites owned by the Council, such as car parks, will be reviewed for suitability and, where appropriate, charging infrastructure will be deployed. Consideration will also be given to the infrastructure necessary to support low emission vehicles within the forthcoming Local Plan.


 Bob Standley




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