Wealden Green Party

For Strong, Connected Communities

 

Our Councillors

represents
Forest Row & Groombridge
on the
East Sussex County Council
cllr.georgia.taylor@eastsussex.gov.uk

represents
Withyham
on the
Wealden District Council
cllr.keith.obbard@wealden.gov.uk

represents
Forest Row
on the
Wealden District Council
cllr.patricia.patterson-vanegas@wealden.gov.uk

represents
Jarvis Brook
on the
Crowborough Town Council
cllr.colin.stocks@crowboroughtowncouncil.gov.uk

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.

May 2021 elections see Greens surge across Sussex

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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 their roles across Sussex.

Among them was Wealden’s own Georgia Taylor, who will represent the Forest Row and Groombridge Division. Georgia won with 2,325 votes, a 58% share of the votes. Turnout was markedly up on 2017, which is a tribute to a great campaign and a lot of legwork by a team of volunteers.

Our candidate in neighbouring Wealden East, Cornelie Usborne, ran an incredible campaign coming in as close runner up with 43% of the votes. She turned what is normally a comfortable Conservative area into a nail-bitingly close call, achieving a massive 582% increase in green votes compared to the
last elections in 2017.

The Green Party Councillors on East Sussex County Council are:

  • Georgia Taylor of Forest Row and Groombridge Division
  • Wendy Maples of Lewes Division
  • Johnny Denis of Ringmer and Lewes Bridge Division
  • Julia Hilton of Hastings, Old Hastings and Tressell Division

Read more on the 2021 local elections here.

Latest News & Stories

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 bill. You can watch the inspiring speech by Patricia here as she and Keith hold the Conservative majority council to account over their climate record. […]

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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 outlining our vision for the county, one built around a wellbeing economy that focuses on people, nature and the planet. You can watch her in […]

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2021 Local Elections – The Results

17 June 2021

Georgia Wins in Forest Row & Groombridge! 🎉 Wealden Green Party take a moment to celebrate Georgia Taylor’s successful campaign running for councillor for Forest Row & Groombridge! She won with 2325 votes, making up 58% of the votes – 649 more than the competing Conservative candidate. Despite the Tory’s gaining an extra 200 votes […]

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Alison Wilson – Green Party candidate for Arlington, East Hoathly & Hellingly – Local Elections 6th May 2021

5 May 2021

Wealden Green Party are delighted to announce their candidate to represent the Arlington, East Hoathly and Hellingly division in the East Sussex County Council elections on May 6th. Alison Wilson is a lawyer who has lived in Laughton for 14 years. She became a member of the Green Party in recent years because the climate […]

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Georgia Taylor Appears on The Bylines Network Podcast

2 May 2021

Georgia Taylor, our candidate for Forest Row and Groombridge made an appearance on The Bylines Network podcast today, providing insights into the local election campaign process. You can listen in to the episode, titled ‘Local elections pt.3: A view from the campaign trail’ on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pocketcasts or where ever you enjoy your podcasts. […]

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Colin Stocks – Green Party candidate for Crowborough North & Jarvis Brook – Local Elections 6th May 2021

30 April 2021

There are several areas on which I’d focus my efforts as a County Councillor. First, and most important from a County Council perspective, is transport. Every aspect of transport infrastructure in Crowborough needs improvement! The town is long overdue for decent facilities for cyclists and pedestrians, and County Council support is urgently needed to restore […]

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Pam Tysh – Green Party candidate for Crowborough & St Johns – Local Elections 6th May 2021

30 April 2021

As a Green councillor I will be an independent voice holding the Conservatives to account for decisions affecting the quality of life in Crowborough. Crucial to that is ensuring the natural habitat of Ashdown Forest and other green space is protected from further damage by inappropriate human use and development, as it is vital to […]

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Keith Obbard – Green Party Councillor for Withyham

7 April 2021

Keith Obbard was ‘born and bred’ in Sussex. His interests have always been in sustainability and rural affairs and he spent 25 years running the successful Cherry Gardens Farm at Groombridge with his wife and family, the fourth generation to do so. He is an active member of the local Beekeepers Association, Community Speedwatch, and […]

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Georgia Taylor – Green Party Councillor for Forest Row and Groombridge

20 March 2021

We are delighted to announce our latest Wealden Green Party councillor, Georgia, who won the 2021 local elections to stand on the the East Sussex County Council Election. Georgia is now representing residents in the Forest Row and Groombridge division, which includes Hartfield, Upper Hartfield, Balls Green, Newbridge, Boar’s Head, Mark Cross, Blackham, Coleman’s Hatch, […]

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Cornelie Usborne – Green Party candidate for Wealden East Division

16 March 2021

Wealden Green party are delighted to announce their candidate to represent the Wealden East division. Cornelie Usborne, who has lived in Maynards Green for over 30 years, has decided to step into politics principally to stand up for local voices, support local projects and ensure the beautiful countryside of the Weald can be preserved sustainably […]

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