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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Garden Waste Collections


The garden waste collection service is beyond dire. It’s a lottery at best if your waste will be collected and I have now been pushed to the point that I shall find the time to highlight the issue every time the service is non existent. Evidently I am by far not the only fed up home owner paying rates and yet not receiving a service in Crowborough. It’s high time someone took responsibility for this and equally took an objective view as to why refuse complaints do not appear to be serious enough to justify counting as official complaints? Please tell me when someone will look more closely, primarily at the garden waste service or the lack of consistency of service, when indeed they choose to provide a service at all.

Kind Regards,

Sheena Down


Dear Ms Down

Thank you for your enquiry and I have made some enquiries on your behalf.

I understand that with regard to the most recent garden collection date, part of Eridge Road was missed as the collection vehicle was full up before completing the round.  A crew were tasked return later in the week to collect the remainder.  I am not aware of any on-going collection issues in your area.
I understand you pay for a second garden waste bin which has occasionally not been emptied.  It would helpful to ensure the licence label, which should be stuck to the bin showing it is an authorised second bin, is clearly visible to the collection crew when they approach. Whilst this may not be the cause of any missed collections, it should minimise any future problems.

Through our Joint Waste Partnership with Rother District Council and Hastings Borough Council, we will be going out to tender for a new waste and recycling collection service next year. This is expected to lead to new arrangements for garden waste collections in 2019.

Bob Standley

Local Plan


When will the Wealden Local Plan be finalised? And until that date, how much weight will be given to the considerations in the emerging plan in relation to planning permission for major developments in the AONB?

Jane Hollis


Dear Ms Hollis,

We will not be able to commence the next phase of the Local Plan process -  publishing the Proposed Submission Local Plan - until we have a full evidence base, which includes completing the Sustainability Appraisal and Habitat Regulations Assessment. To do this we need to review with Natural England air quality impact assessments for the Pevensey Levels Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and Ramsar Site, and the Lewes Downs SAC, as well as the impacts on the Ashdown Forest which will all contribute to the Wealden Local Plan process. We hope to be in a much stronger position to outline the next stages of the plan in January next year.

When published, there will be a period when the public can make representations about the Proposed Submission Local Plan. The consultation responses will then be reviewed and a final Proposed Submission Local Plan will be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for an Examination in Public. The Planning Inspector will review the submission and evidence given at the public examination before deciding whether to endorse the Local Plan, or to suggest modifications. We do not expect a final decision until later in 2018 but the timing of this will depend on the Planning Inspectorate.

The adopted Core Strategy Local Plan and the previous adopted Wealden Plan saved policies are material considerations when discussing planning applications. The Council also has to have regard for the National Planning Policy Framework, National Planning Policy Guidance and recent legal and appeal outcomes. One key factor the Council does need to take into account is we are currently unable to demonstrate a five year supply of housing land.


Bob Standley

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