Cllr Bill Bentley

East Sussex County Councillor for Wealden East

East Sussex County Council for Wealden East covering the parishes of Heathfield & Waldron ; Herstmonceux ; Hooe ; Horam ; Ninfield ; Warbleton ; Wartling -- Lead Member for Communities and Safety.

Representing my community is a challenge and an honour; I believe my political role works in parallel with my role in the community, which is to enable residents to contribute to the community and to give them a greater range ofpersonal choice for themselves and their families. I think politics provides us with guiding principles and objectives for forming our policies and that our decisions as councillors should be practical, achievable and affordable.

representing a town and rural villages, all of which need investment and regeneration, we need better road and rail links, expanded health facilities, and schools and shops but most of all we need opportunity. We need to build communities that feel safe and confident in their own homes and on the streets. We also need to create a society that acknowledges and rewards the responsibility, good conduct and achievements of the majority of our young people.

This is my second term as a councillor. Following boundary changes, I now share the Hailsham & Herstmonceux division with Cllr Roger Thomas. I’ve always been involved in politics, but before being a councillor I was more in the background as I was busy with my career. I used to have a community care business and I also owned a shop. When I retired at 37, I had more time to be a councillor. Being a councillor is a people business – the politics goes away the day after the election and we all get on with helping people. Now I really want to devote as much time as possible to it – I’m not the type of man to just get the toes of my wellies wet: the water comes right in over the top.

The hardest part of being a councillor is learning the corporate elements of the role and explaining these to people. Residents often only see the big issues or big numbers – for example council tax bills– but there’s a lot more to being a councillor than that.





THE case of a 95-year-old East Sussex woman conned out of hundreds of pounds is being used to highlight the dangers of scams for a national awareness-raising campaign.


PEOPLE across East Sussex are being urged to employ pedal power for their daily journeys as part of a national celebration of cycling.


An East Sussex library is welcoming back residents after reopening today (JAN 2) following a refurbishment project.


A makeover is on the cards for a popular East Sussex library, to create a brighter, more modern facility to serve residents.

Crowborough Library will close from Monday, October 29, to be updated and refurbished as part of a county council improvement project.


East Sussex businesses are being urged to sign up for a scheme which guides them through regulation and helps them ensure they stay within the law.


YOUNG readers in Wealden can join a team of Mischief Makers for a tour around Beanotown as this year’s Summer Reading Challenge gets underway.


A scam-busting initiative to prevent residents from becoming victims of fraud has won the backing of county councillors.


Working together to tackle those who target the vulnerable is the message from East Sussex County Council when organised crime, modern slavery, scams and fraud were on the agenda as partners from across East Sussex came together for a conference on community safety.


See Also

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 Keith Glazier

Leader of East Sussex County Council

Leader of East Sussex County Council - Cllr Keith Glazier, member for Rye and Eastern Rother, covering the parishes of East Guldeford ; Icklesham ; Iden ; Pett ; Playden ; and Rye.

Cllr Nick Bennett

East Sussex County Councillor for Arlington, East Hoathly and Hellingly, Nick is Lead Member for Transport and Environment.

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 Chris Dowling

County Councillor for Uckfield South with Framfield

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
Chairman of Uckfield Conservatives

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

Cllr Gerard Fox

East Sussex County Councillor for Hailsham New Town, Cllr Gerard Fox has lived in Wealden from childhood, attending local schools before studying Economics and Politics at Bristol. He has worked in both large and small businesses, and today runs a small farm with his wife. 

Cllr Roy Galley

County Councillor for Maresfield and Buxted
District Councillor for Danehill & Fletching

Roy Galley is the East Sussex County Councillor for Maresfield and Buxted, representing the parishes of Buxted ; Danehill ; Fletching ; part of Forest Row ; Isfield ; Maresfield -- and Wealden District Council member for  Danehill, Fletching & Nutley.

Cllr Rupert Simmons

East Sussex County Councillor for Heathfield and Mayfield, Cllr Richard Simmons is the Lead Member for Economy and appointed to the following outside bodies: