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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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Car park consultation


Dear Mr Standley, Whilst the Council publishes consultations, I can find no detail or information on the consultation process. There appears to be no information available. In the case of the current 'consultation' on the proposed changes to the regulations concerning Luxford car park, for instance: 1) What is the process when the deadline for submissions closes? 2) What are the thresholds for change or review; numbers of respondents with a counter-view, etc? If you do not publish the process, how can the public possibly know you are being transparent in considering the numbers and weight of counter-views? I would be grateful for specific answers to 1 and 2 above. Yours sincerely Andrew Wallace


Dear Mr Wallace, We are grateful to you for pointing out a discrepancy in the information we gave online about the current car park consultation. Due to a technical error, some of information recorded in our online consultation diary had not been fully published on our web pages as should normally have happened. The web page has now been updated to include the following: The proposed Off Street Car Parking Order was approved by Wealden District Council Cabinet (to include Elected Members), prior to consultation. All results/representations received by the closing date 31 October 2014, will be considered by the Portfolio Holder, Elected Members, the Director of Director of Environment & Community Services and Senior level staff. Implementation of the new Off Street Car Parking Order 2014 will follow publication of any changes within 14 days of the new Order being signed. The new Order will be published in the local press, car park and entrance roads, Town/Parish Council, Website and hard copy within Reception of Council Offices for 6 weeks. Objectors will be informed of any changes within the 14 days of the new order being signed. With regard your reference to threshold levels: consultations are not intended as a referendum vote on a particular proposal. They are used to listen to individual views of the proposal and the issues involved, learn if there are any concerns which we have been unaware of when making the proposal, and take into account any suggested changes which could improve the overall outcome. I hope you are able to take part in this consultation. Further details can be found here: regards Bob Standley

Missed garden waste bin


Dear Mr Standley, I wrote to you at the beginning of August re: my missed bin for garden waste. It was eventually collected on the following Saturday. However, yet again I found myself on Monday having to contact the office as, you've guessed it, my bin was left uncollected. Curiously, the bin 5 yards to the left and 5 yards to the right were all emptied but not mine. Why is this. I am paying the rates for a 50% service, not 100% so do I get a refund? I think not. I would welcome your comments on this. Regards, Melanie Bowden


Dear Miss Bowden I am sorry that you have had to write to me again with reference to missed bin collections. I have already passed this information onto the Waste Management Team and they will raise the matter with Kier, our contractors. For the bins to be emptied next door either side of you and your own missed is perplexing and I understand your annoyance that the service is still not as good as you , and the Council, require. I will continue to pursue the matter with Kier and the crew have been issued with a map showing your location. The amount of Council Tax spent on the waste collection per household is approx 60 pence per week. Wealden District Council collect Council tax on behalf of the County Council, Fire and Police but only retain 10.5% for the services they deliver. Whatever the cost the Council needs to deliver the service efficiently and I trust the problems you are having will quickly be rectified but please let men know if they persist. regards Bob Standley

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