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Wealden District

Shown within East Sussexmarker

Geography
Status: District
Region: South East England
Historic County: Sussex
Admin. County: East Sussexmarker
Area:
- Total
Ranked
835.00 km²
Admin. HQ: Crowboroughmarker/Hailshammarker
Largest Town: Hailshammarker
ONS code: 21UH
Demographics
Population:
- Total 140,021
- Density

Ranked

/ km²

Ethnicity: 98.3% White
Politics
Wealden District Council
http://www.wealden.gov.uk
Leadership: Cllr. Mrs Pam Doodes and Cabinet
Executive:
MPs: Norman Baker, Gregory Barker, Charles Hendry, Nigel Waterson
Wealden is a local government district in East Sussexmarker, England: its name comes from the Wealdmarker, the area of high land which occupies the centre of its area.

History

Wealden District was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, by the merger of the Hailsham and Uckfield Rural District Councils (RDCs), both set up under the Local Government Act 1894, which also revived the parish councils. It is one of three Districts within the county and is the central one: the other two being Lewesmarker to the west, and Rother to the east.

Leadership

Since May 2007, the Council has been led by Cllr. Mrs Pam Doodes, a Conservative politician and local campaigner, who represents Ninfieldmarker and Hooemarker with Wartlingmarker. Previously, the Council was led by Nigel Coltman, until he lost his seat in the 2007 Local Elections.

Governance

Wealden District Council offices are based in Hailshammarker and Crowboroughmarker, although the two offices are to be merged.

The District is second-level in local government. There are 55 members of the Council, representing 35 wards. The towns have more than one ward: Crowboroughmarker has five; Hailshammarker, three; Heathfieldmarker, two; Polegatemarker, two; and Uckfieldmarker, four. The ward boundaries are regularly redrawn in an attempt to maintain a standard elector per councillor ratio throughout the district. The ward boundaries as at 2007 are:

Ward Population (2007) Councillors Ratio
Alfriston 2481 1 2481
Buxted and Maresfield 5052 2 2526
Chiddingly and East Hoathly 2934 1 2934
Cross in Hand/Five Ashes 2291 1 2291
Crowborough East 5202 2 2601
Crowborough Jarvis Brook 2698 1 2698
Crowborough North 5035 2 2517
Crowborough St. Johns 2262 1 2262
Crowborough West 4791 2 2395
Danehill/Fletching/Nutley 5003 2 2501
East Dean 2186 1 2186
Forest Row 5356 2 2678
Framfield 2611 1 2611
Frant/Withyham 4767 2 2383
Hailsham Central and North 5591 2 2795
Hailsham East 2769 1 2769
Hailsham South and West 8401 3 2800
Hartfield 2606 1 2606
Heathfield East 2349 1 2349
Heathfield North and Central 7832 3 2610
Hellingly 5117 2 2558
Herstmonceux 2826 1 2826
Horam 2583 1 2583
Mayfield 2615 1 2615
Ninfield and Hooe with Wartling 2362 1 2362
Pevensey and Westham 8981 3 2993
Polegate North 4811 2 2405
Polegate South 2245 1 2245
Rotherfield 2402 1 2402
Uckfield Central 2984 1 2984
Uckfield New Town 2604 1 2604
Uckfield North 5317 2 2658
Uckfield Ridgewood 2968 1 2968
Wadhurst 5085 2 2542
Willingdon 7121 3 2373
Total Wealden 142238 55 2586


The lowest level of local government is the civil parish. The parishes are formed on a geographical basis.

Those within the Wealden District are:
Parish Type Area (sq mi) Population (2007) Pop Density /sq mi
Alcistonmarker Parish Meeting 2.7 146 53.7
Alfristonmarker Parish Council 3.6 774 214.2
Arlingtonmarker Parish Council 7.1 490 69.2
Berwickmarker Parish Council 1.9 289 149.4
Buxtedmarker Parish Council 8.4 3145 376.4
Chalvington with Ripemarker Parish Council 4.3 1082 252.0
Chiddinglymarker Parish Council 6.8 1006 147.9
Crowboroughmarker Town Council 5.2 19988 3812.1
Cuckmere Valleymarker Parish Council 6.8 197 28.9
Danehillmarker Parish Council 8.7 1927 220.3
East Dean and Fristonmarker Parish Council 3.3 1577 474.9
East Hoathly with Hallandmarker Parish Council 5.8 1343 229.9
Fletchingmarker Parish Council 9.9 1041 104.7
Forest Rowmarker Parish Council 12.6 5054 402.4
Framfieldmarker Parish Council 7.6 1855 243.3
Frantmarker Parish Council 12.3 1367 110.9
Hadlow Downmarker Parish Council 6.6 715 109.1
Hailshammarker Town Council 7.5 19836 2652.3
Hartfieldmarker Parish Council 16.2 2157 132.9
Heathfield and Waldronmarker Parish Council 20.4 11514 564.5
Hellinglymarker Parish Council 7.6 1552 205.1
Herstmonceuxmarker Parish Council 9.5 2598 272.8
Hooemarker Parish Council 3.9 446 115.4
Horammarker Parish Council 4.0 2583 643.3
Isfieldmarker Parish Council 3.0 564 190.7
Laughtonmarker Parish Council 7.3 585 79.7
Little Horstedmarker Parish Meeting 4.1 168 40.8
Long Manmarker Parish Council 6.2 412 66.2
Maresfieldmarker Parish Council 10.1 3246 319.9
Mayfield and Five Ashesmarker Parish Council 16.4 3562 217.6
Ninfieldmarker Parish Council 4.1 1520 371.7
Pevenseymarker Parish Council 6.8 3152 463.8
Polegatemarker Town Council 2.8 8021 2853.6
Rotherfieldmarker Parish Council 17.8 3151 177.0
Selmestonmarker Parish Meeting 2.6 190 73.1
Uckfieldmarker Town Council 2.9 13873 4810.0
Wadhurstmarker Parish Council 15.5 4818 311.0
Warbletonmarker Parish Council 11.2 1262 112.3
Wartlingmarker Parish Council 4.3 396 92.7
Westhammarker Parish Council 5.5 5829 1066.9
Willingdon and Jevingtonmarker Parish Council 4.1 6156 1511.3
Withyhammarker Parish Council 14.2 2651 186.7
Total Wealden 321.7 142238 442.2


Geography

Wealden District covers two main upland areas: the section of the High Weald within East Sussex; and the eastern end of the South Downsmarker, between which lies the Vale of Sussex. The River Ousemarker, some of the tributaries of which originate in the District, forms the border with the Lewes Districtmarker; and the River Cuckmeremarker is entirely within its boundaries. The south-western border is on the Pevensey Levelsmarker. Both flow into the English Channelmarker. The River Rothermarker rises on the Weald and flows easterly towards Rye Bay.

Transport

There are several main roads crossing the District. The major trunk road is the A22marker, London to Eastbourne; it is crossed by the A26 MaidstonemarkerLewesmarker road at Uckfield; and the A267 Tunbridge Wellsmarker to Eastbourne road. There are also three west-east roads: the A259 coastal route; next inland is the A27 Pevensey–Brightonmarker trunk road; and further to the north the A272 cross-country route to Winchestermarker.

The East Coastway Line, serving Eastbourne and Hastingsmarker, uses the Vale of Sussex. The only other railway line in the District is the Oxted Line branch terminating at Uckfield.

Long-distance footpaths include the South Downs Way; the Monarch's Way; the Sussex Border Path; and the Wealdwaymarker.

Landmarks

Major landmarks include Beachy Headmarker, the Seven Sistersmarker and Cuckmere Havenmarker along the coast; and the Long Man of Wilmingtonmarker together with various high points along the South Downs.

References

  1. Wards and councillors
  2. Interactive map showing locations of parishes



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