Wealden District Council chairman Cllr Brian Redman.

Chairman pays tribute to Wealden Council achievements

Plans to invest £20 million in sheltered housing over the next ten years were among achievements credited to Wealden District Council by chairman Cllr Brian Redman at a meeting last week.

Cllr Redman was speaking at the final full meeting of Wealden Council in its current form. All 55 seats on the council are up for election in May and Cllr Redman completes his two year term as chairman at the same time.

He paid tribute last week to the positive difference the council and its members had made to the lives of residents.

“I have been been proud to be chairman at a time when we were not only able to celebrate 40 years of success as a council but also to recognise a great number of achievements such as building 64 of our own new council homes for the first time in 30 years and spending £7 million on the refurbishment of our leisure centres,” he said.

Cllr Redman thanked councillors for the work they had done over the past four year term of the couhncil both within the council and as community leaders within their villages and towns.

He drew special attention to the success of the council’s sheltered housing schemes. During the past two years he and vice-chairman, Cllr Barby Dashwood-Morris have visited all 13 of the schemes across the district.

Cllr Redman said: “Wealden’s sheltered housing is one of our best-kept secrets. Our homes are an excellent resource staffed by dedicated people. We are planning to invest £20 million in our sheltered homes over the next ten years.

“The involvement of local councillors in sheltered housing is part of their community leadership role, and all councillors joining in May will be encouraged to take an active interest in them, as part of an extensive induction programme.”

A wide range of training and support is available to members joining the district council after the May 7 elections to prepare them for their roles as community leaders.

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