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.

See Also

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
Ashdown Forest Branch - Deputy Chairman, Political

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 Richard Hallett MBE

District Councillor for Crowborough St John's
Wealden Conservatives' Officer
Crowborough Conservatives' Treasurer

Richard Hallett has lived in Crowborough for 36 years and has been actively involved in the community. His children went to Beacon, and his daughter, son-in-law and  two grandsons live in St John’s Ward.

Christine Howard

Christine moved with her husband Nigel to Uckfield in 1995. They met as young Conservatives many moons ago and Christine has been involved with the Uckfield Conservative Branch for many years and is the Branch Secretary.

Cllr Toby Illingworth

District Councillor for Buxted
Chairman of Wealden Conservatives

Cllr Toby Illingworth is Chairman of  Wealden Conservatives and District Councillor for Buxted, including High Hurstwood.

He serves on the following Wealden Council committees:

Cllr Gary Johnson

District Councillor for Ridgewood & Little Horsted
Town Councillor for Uckfield West
Wealden Association Officer

Gary and his wife have lived in Uckfield for 22 years. His two children attended Rocks Park Primary School and Uckfield Community Technology College. Gary is a business owner in the care sector; he employs over 100 people in the local area. 

Cllr Philip Lunn

District Councillor for Crowborough South-East
Officer of Wealden Conservative Association

Philip Linn is district councillor for Crowborough South-East Ward. He is a member of the Audit and Finance committee. 

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)

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: