Cllr Roy Galley

County Councillor for Maresfield and Buxted
District Councillor for Danehill & Fletching
Ashdown Forest Branch - Deputy Chairman, Political

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 Division which includes High Hurstwood, Chelwood Gate, Danehill, Fletching & Piktdown, Isfield, Sharpthorne, Charlwod, Fairwarp and Nutley.

Roy has been elected district councillor for the new ward of Danehill and Fletching (including Chelwood Gate, Piltdown, Isfield, Sharpthorne and Charlwood) in May 2019's district council elections. 



Changes to recycling services for three East Sussex councils – Hastings, Rother and Wealden – have been confirmed under a new contract with Biffa which will see glass added to commingled collections from later this month.

UPDATE from Cllr Roy Galley

Local Update from Councillor Roy Galley (ESCC and Wealden DC) - March 30th, 2020

There is, of course, a vast amount of Covid19 information in circulation and I guess many of us are, in a way, reaching saturation point, important though it is to keep abreast of events.


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.

See Also

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

Cllr Geoffrey Draper

District Councillor for Chiddingly Ward
Chairman of Mid-Weald Branch

Geoffrey Draper was elected district ouncillor for Chiddingly, East Hoathly & Waldron Ward (including Golden Cross and Halland) 

Geoffrey says, “I am first and foremost a resident of this Ward, situated almost exactly equidistant between Chiddingly, East Hoathly and Waldron.

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.

Cllr Helen Firth

District Councillor for Uckfield New Town, along with Claire Dowling
Town Councillor for Uckfield New Town
Deputy Chairman (Policy & Campaigning) Uckfield Conservatives

Wealden District and Uckfield Town Councillor for Uckfield New Town

Helen Galley

Chairman of Ashdown Forest Branch

Helen joined the Conservative party as a Young Conservative in Sheffield in 1974 and has campaigned at every general election since. Helen and her husband, Roy Galley, a former Member of Parliament for Halifax and currently a District and County Councillor, have lived in Wealden for 19 years.  They have two married children and one grandson (soon to be two) who she hopes to get out campaigning soon.

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 Richard Grocock

District Councillor for Hailsham West
Town Councillor for Hailsham West
Chairman of Hailsham Conservatives

Wealden District Council member for Hailsham South & West, Chairman of Hailsham Conservatives and Wealden Conservative Association Officer.

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.

Cllr Chris Hardy

District Councillor for Hartfield Ward
Past Chairman of Wealden District Council

Wealden District Councillor for Hartfield and Chairman of the CouncilI by birth am a man of Kent where I resided for a large part of my life being interested and involved in politics from my early twenties.I moved to Hartfield 17 years ago with my wife Sue to whom I have been married for over 50 years.

Peter Holloway

It is with great sadness that we record the death of long-serving public servant Peter Holloway - former Wealden district councillor and long-time Chairman of Forest Row Conservatives. Our deepest condolences to his widow, family and friends.