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. 

Elected in June 2001 he is a member of the following committees:

  • Children's Services Scrutiny Committee
  • Corporate Parenting Panel
  • Full Council
  • Regulatory Committee

and has been appointed to serve on these outside bodies.

  • East Sussex Fire Authority
  • South Downs National Park Authority

An active member of the Conservative Party since he was 22 years old, starting as as a Young Conservative Chris went on to become chairman of the Wealden Conservative Association. In 2001,he stood for council against a very high profile Liberal Democrat candidate and won. 

In the last term, we straightened out the Council's finances, and the services we deliver are now much better value. Keeping the council tax as low as possible has been a key objective.

We are badly under-funded by the government, and I expect this will continue. Therefore, we have to work hard to reconcile our policy ambitions against the tight financial resources available. At all times our services for the people of East Sussex must be top quality and best value.

I was first elected to the County Council in 2001 after winning the Uckfield division. The Uckfield seat was re-drawn following boundary changes, and in the 2005 elections, I won the new Framfield & Horam division, half of which was previously in my 'old patch'.

The division is large with an urban and rural mix. It includes the Ridgewood part of Uckfield, Framfield, Blackboys, Waldron, Horam, Vines Cross, Cross in Hand and Five Ashes – so there is a lot of driving required.

I was born in London and grew up in Chigwell, Essex. The family moved to East Sussex in 1971, and I have lived in the Uckfield area ever since.

Spending my childhood in a suburban area, I am pleased that my children have experienced life in a semi-rural area; enjoying the benefits of both the town and countryside.

I am delighted and privileged to represent the people of the Framfield and Horam division. The area is a beautiful part of East Sussex – from the edge of expanding Uckfield, though the lanes of Framfield and Blackboys to the secluded parts of Waldron and Horam, back to Cross in-Hand and up the A267 to Five Ashes.

The area has similarities with traffic, speeding, planning and development problems, as well as diversities with both rural and urban issues.

I am always pleased to help local residents with issues and to work as a facilitator between the community and Council. I act as a 'human signpost' to point people in the right direction and to get questions answered and problems resolved.

Over recent years I have helped many people on a wide range of issues, both big and small, including:

·         the school bus from Framfield and Blackboys

·         road junctions and parking at Cross-in-Hand, parking schemes in Horam

·         speed and traffic problems in Five Ashes

·         the odd shaped and dangerous roundabout in Ridgewood.

Please contact me – I am only a phone call or an email away. I will be very pleased to hear from you.

My wife Claire is also a councillor, representing an Uckfield ward on Wealden District Council, and since May 2013 reprsenting Uckfield on the County Council. We have two grown-up daughters who have almost, but not quite, 'flown the nest'.

As well as being a councillor, I own and run my own business; life is pretty busy. Being my own boss gives me the flexibility of dealing with council matters during working hours, but I often end up catching up with business after hours – you can't win them all.

I have always been very interested in sport. I am a supporter of Brighton & Hove Albion FC and an occasional visitor to the AMEX. I am a member of Sussex County Cricket Club and summers wouldn't be complete without regular visits to Hove to watch the best cricket team in the country.

I am an active member of the Uckfield Chamber of Commerce and I sit on the executive committee.



High street parking arrangements will be formally monitored when an experimental traffic order comes into force next week.


Lakeside Flood Solutions will be hosting a Community Flooding Information event on Tuesday 5 February, 3pm – 7pm at the Civic Community Hall in Hailsham.

The event is open to anyone who has concerns about the effect flooding could have on their property.


This summer offers the chance to catch some live performances at seven different location across Wealden thanks to the Applause theatre initiative. Five shows will be performed outdoors and another one takes place in a pub as part of the Inn Crowd project.

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 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.

Nick Bennett

East Sussex County Councillor for Arlington, East Hoathly and Hellingly; Deputy Leader and Lead Member for Resources

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

Cllr Bill Bentley

East Sussex County Councillor for Wealden East

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

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 Phil Dixon

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

Association Officer and Wealden District Councillor for Rotherfield

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

Robin Farmer

Association Treasurer
Uckfield Branch Treasurer

Robin joined the Wealden officer team in 2003 and has used his professional experience to manage the Association's finances.