Nick Bennett

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

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

I believe that our stewardship of the environment and providing sustainable and necessary growth which includes opportunities for young people are the keys to maintaining our sense of belonging here.

I would like to see the development of accessibility to services whether through better transport, better awareness or personal choice, particularly for vulnerable or isolated individuals. I hope that accessibility leads to more people getting involved in local issues, from allotments to volunteering, everyone can offer something. The worst thing anyone can say is 'someone should do something'. I believe that the 'someone' is all of us.

I strongly support devolvement of authority to local councils and I will be campaigning for opportunities for young people, strong representation on road safety and for the intelligent use of resources to develop sustainable businesses and communities.

It was a great privilege to be elected as the councillor for Alfriston, East Hoathly and Hellingly. My background is in policing in London and here in Sussex, so to be elected ‘first go' was exciting and very rewarding.

I have successfully completed post-graduate studies in local governance.

But how did I get here?

I moved to East Sussex in June 2000 when I was promoted to superintendent in Sussex Police.

After leaving the police I was involved in a number of local issues including governorship of Uckfield College and conservation of Ashdown Forest. Although I was busy supporting management change with several large public bodies, I wanted to get as closely engaged with local issues as I had been in the police. So I applied, was selected and, thanks to 1720 good people, was elected!

My home life

I have been married to Joanna, who is a prolific cookery writer, for 30 years and our children have set off on their own careers. Although I have many professional interests in leadership, change and programme management, I'm a full time councillor and hope to remain so.

My spare time

In my spare time I play tennis, go to the gym and walk a lot – anything to burn off the calories that my wife's work generates.



THE CONSTRUCTION of a new 420-place school in Hailsham has been named ‘project of the year’ at a national awards ceremony.


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.


SECTIONS of a busy road will be given a new lease of life as overnight roadworks begin.

More than two miles of the A267 between Heathfield and Frant will be resurfaced between Sunday, October 14, and Thursday, December 6.


A MAIN road between Polegate and Hailsham will be getting a new lease of life as part of a programme of repairs.


ROADS in East Sussex will get a summer makeover as a major resurfacing programme gets underway across the county. East Sussex Highways will carry out surface dressing of 26 miles of road – roughly the distance from Dover to Calais – during the programme, which is due to begin on Monday, June 25.


Motorists will be able to apply for a parking permit at the click of a mouse when a new system is introduced next month. From Monday, July 2, all on-street parking permits for Lewes, Hastings and Eastbourne will be applied for through an online system called NSL Apply.


THE latest section of a cycle and pedestrian route through Eastbourne has been officially opened.The third phase of East Sussex County Council’s Horsey Way covers a 1km off-road route connecting Lottbridge Drove and Langney roundabout.


As the mercury rises, the heatAlert service sends out warnings by text, voicemail or email when a heatwave or very hot weather is forecast.

See Also

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.

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 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.

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 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 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: