Cllr Roy Galley

Cllr Roy Galley

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.

Roy, and his wife Helen, have lived in Nutley for over 17 years and have two married children.  He has extensive experience in business and politics, having been the Member of Parliament for Halifax from 1983 - 1987 and the Chairman of a Health Authority for 10 years. He retired from a senior position in Royal Mail in 2006.

From 2006 to 2011 Roy was a member of Maresfield Parish Council and was elected to Wealden District Council in 2007.  From 2008 to 2013, he was the council's portfolio holder for Planning and Development. His main responsiility was to produce a Local Plan for Wealden which sets out what development will go where throughout the 323 square miles covered by the Council. The Local Plan was adopted by the Council in November. The emphasis of the Plan was to ensure an adequate supply of housing and business opportunities whilst preserving the distinctive rural nature of the area. He believes that the key principle is to have the right development in the right place.  He was also responsible for managing the planning application process and for economic development.

In 2013 he took on a new portfolio for Economic Development and Regeneration. He aims to make it easy for businesses to access the right advice, raise the profile of our unique area and ensure the delivery of new infrastructure projects such as those implemented in  Uckfield and Hailsham.

He was re-elected in 2015 with an increased majority and now holds the portfolio for Economic Development and Waste Management.

Roy was an elected Commoner Conservator for the Ashdown Forest from 2008 to2018 and Chairman of the Board from 2013 to2016. He has been keen to improve the way the Forest is managed and to ensure good relationships between the staff of the Board of Conservators and local residents.

Roy is also a founder member and Chairman of the Chelwood Gate and Danehill Village Markets committee who run quarterly markets as a community focus and to showcase local produce.This committee also now organises tea parties for elderly people in the two villages twice a year.

In 2013 Roy was elected county councillor for Maresfield and Buxted and serves on the following ESCC committees:

  • Children's Services Scrutiny Committee (Chairman 2017 to2018)
  • Connecting 4 You Scrutiny Board
  • County Consultative Committee
  • East Sussex Better Together Scrutiny Board
  • Full Council
  • Scrutiny Review ‘Coping with Change - the Way Forward’.
  • Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE) (Chair)
  • He is also since 2017 a member of the Executive of the National Association of Standing Advisory Committees on Religious education



A new waste, recycling, street and beach cleaning contract will start in Hastings, Rother and Wealden from the end of June this year. 


There are opportunities to improve your IT and computer skills across Wealden in the new year, as well as being able to pursue a wide range of other activities with Street Learning. These include cookery, arts and crafts, wellbeing and basic Maths and English.


Many Wealden food and drink businesses have made it to the finals of the 2019 Sussex Food and Drink Awards.


Keeping your business safe from cybercrime is important. Online crime is costing UK businesses £66 billion a year. There has been a 21% increase in this sort of crime since 2016, so businesses would be foolish not to take adequate precautions.


THE overall number of fires in the county is down by about 50% in the last 20 years but the Fire and Rescue Service in East Sussex still deals with 9,500 incidents per year, of which 1,132 are so-called primary fires, that is fires which cause injury or affect property.

Bins, roads and boundaries - an update

Local Government News. October. 2018 from Cllr Roy Galley

Parliamentary Boundaries
As a follow up to last month’s report, The Boundary Commission has now published its final proposals for constituency boundaries.


How useful are your English and Maths skills? Do you need more confidence to achieve your personal goals? Or perhaps you fancy exploring your creative side?


Wealden District Council and East Sussex County Council have completed the sale of the Mead House and car park site in Crowborough.