Uckfield man is elected chairman of East Sussex County Council

An Uckfield man has been elected chairman of East Sussex County Council.

Cllr Chris Dowling, of Hunters Way, who owns Chris Dowling Print & Design in the town, took on the new role at a full county council meeting on Tuesday after being vice-chairman for two years.

Cllr Dowling represents the parishes of Five Ashes, Framfield, Heathfield and Waldron, Horam and part of Uckfield.

He has taken over from Cllr Rupert Simmons, who lives at Waldron and represents Heathfield.

Cllr Matthew Lock, who represents Hastings, was elected vice-chairman.

Three new faces have joined the county council's eight-strong Cabinet Committee with portfolios that cover the main services of the council.

These include children's services, support for older people, community services and the economy, transport and the environment.

The newcomers are, Cllrs Tony Freebody, lead member for community services; Nick Bennett, lead member for learning and school effectiveness and Colin Belsey, lead member for children and families.

Also on the Cabinet Committee are: Cllrs Peter Jones, leader of the council and lead member for strategic management and economic development; Keith Glazier, deputy leader and lead member for community and resources; David Elkin, lead member for children's and adults' services; Bill Bentley, lead member for adult social care and Carl Maynard, lead member for economy, transport and environment.

Council leader Peter Jones said: “We have a number of key priorities over the coming weeks and months. We want to carry out a review of our capital budgets, continue our support for our schools and push for improved results in our classrooms and work with partners to further improve higher education in the county.

“We also want better broadband and regeneration to stimulate our local economy and we'll work towards taking on our new responsibilities for health that are expected over the coming year.”

See also:

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