At the end of each calendar year the Town Council is required to set its draft priorities and draft budget for the next financial year. It prepares a number of documents which assist with planning for the following financial year and beyond.
These are presented to Full Council in January each year. The draft documents are provided for residents to make comments prior to this meeting.
You can view the final documents below.
The Direction of Travel consultation is the first stage in Wealden DC’s engagement process and they were keen to hear our views at this early stage so they can understand what is important to the communities including residents, businesses, voluntary organisations and Town and Parish Councils, as well as partner organisations and stakeholders.
Within the consultation document they identified a number of key planning themes that they know they will need to address in the Local Plan. These themes include climate change, infrastructure, housing, the economy and employment, town centres, tourism, the natural environment, landscape, heritage and cultural assets, design and health and wellbeing.
The Wealden Local Plan consultation document can be found on the left hand side of the screen when you click into the below weblink. It is rather lengthy at 149 pages. The consultation period closed on 18 January 2021.
In December 2020, Uckfield Town Council appointed a small working group to work through the Local Plan Direction of Travel consultation. The members in this working group were Councillors K. Bedwell, J. Love, C. Macve and A. Smith.
Below you can download PDF files of the responses submitted (there was no response to Chapter 12):
Wealden District Council also canvass your views on their budget and Medium-Term Financial Strategy.
Details of how to provide you views are on Wealden District Council website.
East Sussex County Council also consult on their ‘Core Offer’. To help manage the financial pressures that the County Council are under, they have decided that it is appropriate to create a core offer – what can be provided in terms of a decent but basic level of services which residents should expect from them.
We will post more information here on how you can submit your comments when we receive it.
Sussex PCC Katy Bourne is asking Sussex residents about the crime and community safety issues that matter to them, their experience of contacting police, and about police funding.
She said: “I want to know which issues matter most to people, and ask what can be done to address them by all our local partners working in collaboration with the police. This helps me set the local policing priorities for the Chief Constable to address as set out in my Police and Crime Plan.
“As the elected Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner I am also responsible for securing the annual budget for Sussex Police, which consists of an annual Government Grant and the police precept element of your council tax (which makes up 41% of the total).
“All of us, including our public services, face rising costs from inflation, so if we want to sustain levels of neighbourhood policing in Sussex, take more offenders off the streets and protect communities, we will need to consider increasing the precept next year. I know that any increase next year will be challenging on top of other costs, but households still pay less for policing in Sussex than most counties, where the precept remains one of the lowest in the country at 31 out of 37.”
Click this link to have your say at: www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk/precept-priorities