Cllr Francis Whetstone is the East Sussex County Councillor for Forest Row and Groombridge, representing the parishes of Forest Row ; Frant ; Hartfield ; Rotherfield; and Withyham. He is also President of Wealden Conservatives.
He was elected in 1997 and is a member of the following ESCC committees:
- Children's Services Scrutiny Committee
- Commons and Village Green Registration Panel
- Corporate Parenting Panel
- Full Council
- Regulatory Committee
- Scrutiny Review ‘Coping with Change - the Way Forward’.
as well as an appointment to Conservators of Ashdown Forest.
I was elected councillor for Forest Row in 1997, having moved to Sussex in 1969. I feel one of the key roles of a councillor is reminding the rest of the county that not all the county faces south to the sea.
I have been involved in politics since 1955 when I helped a friend of my father who was standing in the safe Labour seat of Hackney central. As a councillor, I like to think that, in one or two cases, I have been able to help residents to get a more satisfactory outcome to their problem than they might otherwise have achieved.