Wealden Green Party

For Strong, Connected Communities

 

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Across the country, the Green Party is going from strength to strength – in the 2022 local elections we nearly doubled the number of Green councillors.

Here in Wealden, we are really making our voices heard at Parish, District and County Council level. We want to do more and we need your help.

In the 2020 local elections, we had two District Councillors elected – Cllr Patrica Patterson-Vanegas representing Forest Row and Cllr Keith Obbard representing Withyham. In December 2021, the Greens won a third district council seat, as the Hartfield by-election was won by Rachel Millward.

In the May 2021 local elections, the Green party won four seats on East Sussex County Council, including Georgia Taylor representing Forest Row & Groombridge division – and we ran close in other divisions such as Horam & Punnetts Town.

Greens in council are making a difference – and we played a key role in overturning Council decisions on unpopular and unsuitable planning developments, such as the Mornings Mill site near Polegate and others that would encroach on the Ashdown Forest.

Green pressure also contributed to the crucial change of heart in Wealden District Council, which has now rejected the government-imposed housing targets and is working to agree a much lower total that respects the special status of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the areas’ limited infrastructure. We have organised community events on how to contest planning decisions – you can read more about how local planning decisions are made and what you can do here.

With elections coming in May 2023, we want to campaign and win in more District Council wards. We need all the help we can get. Campaigning is time-consuming and expensive. So how can you help? You can help by joining, donating and volunteering.

Join the Green Party – if you are not already a member, now’s the time!

Donate to our campaign fund – every pound helps us reach more people with our newsletters, events and digital communications.

Become a local volunteer – why not join our growing band of volunteers and walk the talk with like-minded people?

 

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We are already making a difference in Wealden -- and with your help we can do more!

Donate Now

Support your local Wealden Green Party directly with a donation today via the link below.

Your donations go directly towards funds for local election campaigning which can make all the difference.

Our Councillors

Georgia Taylor

represents
Forest Row & Groombridge
on the
East Sussex County Council
✉️ Contact Georgia

Keith Obbard

represents
Withyham
on the
Wealden District Council
✉️ Contact Keith

Patricia Vanegas-Patterson

represents
Forest Row
on the
Wealden District Council
✉️ Contact Patricia

Rachel Millward

represents
Hartfield
on the
Wealden District Council

✉️ Contact Rachel

Our Priorities For Wealden

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 Protecting Wealden’s natural environment

Wealden’s forests, rivers, coast and farmland are its crown jewels and we must act as good custodians to look after it for now and for future generations.

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Sustainable transport and safer roads

Develop an integrated approach to road planning, public transport and active travel that encourages people to exercise and reduces the impact of cars and other road traffic.

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Joined-up planning and housing policies

Need not greed: Wealden faces a crisis of affordability, not a shortage of housing, we can protect Wealden’s countryside and communities while providing equitable housing.

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Building a sustainable ‘wellbeing economy'

We can’t carry on with “business as usual”. It's time to stop focusing on unsustainable endless growth, and instead prioritise wellbeing, jobs, and reducing carbon emissions & resource use.

Latest News & Stories

5 April 2022

Greens succeed in Framfield development challenge Wealden District Council’s Planning Committee North rejected a proposed development in Framfield with Hartfield’s Green Councillor Rachel Millward leading the debate and identifying serious […]

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31 March 2022

Gardening for the Planet – a thriving event More than 90 people shunned a sunny Saturday afternoon to learn how they could take simple steps to boost biodiversity in their […]

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Greens win in Hartfield – Rachel Millward elected

15 January 2022

All the hard work from the Wealden Green Party team paid off and Hartfield ward has turned Green. Rachel Millward, a local resident and environmental campaigner, will now join Cllr. […]

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Ash tree policy changed after Green Party intervention

4 November 2021

Contractors felling Ash trees on the Forest Way will now leave those trees that are safe after a review inspired by our intervention. East Sussex County Council has changed course […]

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Vote for Rachel Millward: Hartfield by-election 2nd December

3 November 2021

Following the untimely death of Wealden District Councillor Chris Hardy, there will be a by-election for the Hartfield Ward he represented on 2nd December 2021. The Green Party candidate is […]

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Gardening for the planet event – POSTPONED

3 November 2021

We have reluctantly decided to POSTPONE this event due to the deteriorating Covid-19 situation. A new date in the Spring will be announced soon. The event was planned for Saturday […]

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Stopping the spread – saving Wealden’s beautiful countryside

2 November 2021

With new housing developments being built across Wealden and with plenty more at planning stage – the Wealden Green Party is working with communities to ask: how can we stop […]

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Watch: Councillors Patricia Patterson-Vanegas & Keith Obbard put forward the CEE bill

11 August 2021

Last month, councillors Patricia Patterson-Vanegas and Keith Obbard of Forest Row and Withyham respectively put forward a motion for the Wealden County Council to support the Climate and Ecological Emergency […]

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Watch: Newly elected Green councillor Georgia Taylor delivers powerful wellbeing-first message to the council

11 August 2021

Newly elected councillor for Forest Row and Groombridge, Georgia Taylor demonstrated the importance of having green members at the table last month as she delivered a powerful and emotional speech […]

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May 2021 elections see Greens surge across Sussex

17 June 2021

The May 2021 local elections saw the Green Party win seats for the first time ever on East Sussex County Council. Four Green Party County Councillors have now taken up […]

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If you'd like to find out more, offer support, or ask for our help we'd love to know.

Donate Now

Support your local Wealden Green Party directly with a donation today via the link below.

Your donations go directly towards funds for local election campaigning which can make all the difference.