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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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The deselection process for councillors


If, as a parishioner, I felt that my District Councillor had reneged on promises made in the electoral campaign of 2015 that have already had a very potentially negative and long-term impact on the Parish, its unique history (as identified by WDC), and the concerns of many other Parishioners, what is the process to engage deselection?

Paul Leader


Dear Paul Leader


Thank you for your email. If you feel a councillor has reneged on the promises made in 2015 then I would suggest you approach the councillor directly. Circumstances sometimes change which can lead to a different emphasis on policies but I am sure the councillor will engage in discussion.


Where a candidate is standing as a member of a political party then the selection process is within the control of that party and not influenced in any way by the Council.


Bob Standley

Leader of the Council

Positioning of trade recycling bins



I live above a pharmacy and they now have 2 large rectangle bins on the road which is limiting parking for me outside my property. They have a shed on the concreted area next to the gate. On one occasion I was blocked in and put there bin on the concreted area where it didn’t block any entrance or exit.  They put note on there saying that it has to stay on the road... do they have to stay stuck out in the road limiting parking spots or should they be put  it on the concreted area?

They claim that it is not allowed on the concreted area but it is not a public footpath. I was wondering if I could have some advice as they seem to be getting away with whatever they want to do, even stressing my dogs out by drilling a new sign (onto the property that I am renting) but yet I got a call from estate agent saying that they have had a complaint about it all etc... I had no notification that this sign was going up and nor did estate agents, but yet they still been allowed to keep it. Please any help on where these bins can be placed would be very much appreciated.


Thank-you for getting in touch. The location of the trade waste bins is a matter for the landowner. Wealden District Council does not operate a trade waste collection service, so you will have to talk to the pharmacy manager about who is responsible for their waste collection and what can be done about the location and return of the bins once they are emptied. If this relates to the public highway, please contact East Sussex County Council Highways Authority.

If you are unable to achieve a reasonable outcome with the landowner, you might wish to contact your local Citizen’s Advice office.


Bob Standley

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