Cllr Ann Newton

District Councillor for Framfield
Officer of Wealden Conservative Association
Deputy Leader of Wealden District Council
Secretary of Mid-Weald Branch

Wealden District Councillor for Framfield & Cross-in-Hand  (including Blackboys)

Ann was first elected as Wealden District Councillor for the Framfield Ward in 2007.   She was re-elected in 2011.  In 2009 she became Chairman of Planning Committee North until September 2012 when she was asked to join the Cabinet initially as Portfolio Holder for Corporate Services until May 2013 when she took over the role of Portfolio Holder for Planning and Development and Deputy Leader of the Council.

She is currently in the process of seeing through the various statutory parts of the Local Plan – the Strategic Sites Examination whilst working on the Delivery and Site Allocations Plan.  She Chairs the Local Development Framework Committee and the East Sussex Strategic Planning Members Group.

Since becoming a District Councillor she has sat on a variety of other Committees including Environment Scrutiny and Licensing plus the Employees’ Consultative Group and Personnel Committee. 

Over those years has spent that time putting every effort into her various roles for the strategic benefit Wealden and to also ensure that Framfield & Waldron Ward has a strong voice on Wealden District Council.

Ann has lived in Blackboys for twenty three years and after ‘retiring’ from a career in London to bring up her four children; became a Parish Councillor in 1995, then went on to become Parish Clerk in 1999.  All her children are now at Heathfield Community College after moving on from Blackboys CE School.   She is a Governor at Blackboys Church of England School, a Committee member of the Friends of St Thomas à Becket Church, Framfield, and a Committee member, Heathfield Partnership, Sports and Leisure Committee.

Items of interest or concern tend to reach her desk with whatever hat she happens to have on quite quickly!  Her day is spent dealing with local issues where she hopes to achieve what the area wants.  

Ann was elected district councillor for the new ward of Framfield and Cross-in-Hand in May 2019's district council elections.



An assessment of available land throughout the District, which can be used to support future development, is getting under way as a statutory part of Wealden District Council’s new Local Plan Process.


Wealden District Council has successfully held its first online meeting of Planning Committee South, allowing the business of the Council to continue in spite of the extended Covid-19 social distancing restrictions.


Failing to make sure her household rubbish was disposed of in the correct manner has landed a Hailsham woman with a fine and a criminal record.


Wealden District Council is disappointed by the decision of the Planning Inspector to find that it cannot proceed with its current draft Wealden Local Plan.


A Turners Hill man has been fined £1,150 and ordered to pay Wealden District Council £878.55 costs for failing to dispose of his business waste correctly.


Are you doing the right thing with your rubbish? Can you guarantee that the old mattress you paid someone to take away isn’t now embedded in the undergrowth of a local country lane? Or that the defunct washing machine you left outside isn’t causing a spin on someone else’s farmland?


Wealden District Council is reminding all carriers of waste, including scrap metal, to ensure they are registered following the successful prosecution of an unlicensed waste carrier.

See Also

Cllr Toby Illingworth

Chairman of Wealden Conservatives

Association Chairman and Wealden District Councillor for Buxted

Cllr Bob Standley

Wealden District Council Leader, District Councillor for Frant and Wadhurst
County Councillor for Wealden NE and Lead Member for Education and Inclusion, Special Educational Needs and Disability
Deputy Chairman (Political) of Wealden Conservatives

East Sussex County Councillor for Wealden North East
Wealden District Councillor for Wadhurst and Council Leader
a Deputy Chairman of Wealden Conservatives

Cllr Kevin Balsdon

Town Councillor for Hailsham North-West
Deputy Chairman (Political) of Hailsham Conservatives

Kevin Balsdon is a Town councillor for Hailsham North-West

He says: "We live in a beautiful part of the country that is precious to us all, and I want to do all I can for the residents and the community here to ensure it remains that way.

Cllr Bob Bowdler

County Councillor for Hailsham Market
District Councillor for Horam & Punnetts Town

I was first elected for Heathfield East in May 2015, and also elected to the county council in 2017.  

Cllr Nicholas Collinson

District Councillor for Hailsham North

Wealden District Councillor for Hailsham Central & North, Nick was elected as District Councillor for Hailsham Central & North Ward in May 2011.

Cllr Nigel Coltman

District Councillor for Hailsham Central
Town Councillor for Hailsham Hailsham Central
President of Hailsham Conservatives

Wealden district and Hailsham town councillor for Central Ward. President of Hailsham Conservatives.

Cllr Phil Dixon

District Councillor for Hadlow Down & Rotherfield
Deputy Chairman (Membership) of Wealden Conservatives

Association Officer and Wealden District Councillor for Rotherfield

Cllr Chris Dowling

County Councillor for Uckfield South with Framfield
Association President
Chairman of Uckfield Conservatives

A vice-president of Wealden Conservatives, Cllr Chris Dowling is the elected county councillor for Uckfield South with Framfield including Ridgewood.

Cllr Claire Dowling

County Councillor for Uckfield North
District Councillor for Uckfield New Town Ward, with Helen Firth

East Sussex County Councillor for Uckfield North
Wealden District Councillor for Uckfield Central
Chairman of Uckfield Conservatives