Councillor Peter Pragnell

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Title: Chairman of the County Council

Party: Conservative

Division: Hastings - Ashdown and Conquest

Contact information

Home address: 
Flat 1
4 Castledown Terrace
Hastings
East Sussex
TN34 3RQ

Mobile:  07818 587529

Email:  cllr.peter.pragnell@eastsussex.gov.uk

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Committee appointments

Term of Office

  • 06/06/2009 -

Appointments to outside bodies

Additional Information

My politics

 

The best thing about getting involved in politics? For me, it's the sense of satisfaction when you have been able to help someone with a problem. Also, the sense of achievement when you have done something, or decided on something, that makes life better for people.

 

 

More about me

 

I was first elected to East Sussex County Council in 2009. I am in my third term as County Councillor for the Ashdown & Conquest division in Hastings.

 

I have also represented Conquest Ward on Hastings Borough Council and, prior to that from 2000-2002, the St Helens Ward. I was Leader of Hastings Borough Council from 2006-2010.

 

But how did I get here?

 

I moved to East Sussex in 1967 with my family, when my parents bought a house in Pett. My mother still lives in that house.

 

I moved into St Leonards-on-Sea in 1984, when I took a job at a small private school. In 1997 I moved to my current address in the heart of Hastings.

 

I first became involved in politics as a result of my disgust at the 1997 General Election result. I joined my local Conservative Party, not intending to stand for office; just to do what I could to help return a Conservative MP in Hastings & Rye.

 

A friend suggested in 1998 that I stand for election to Hastings Borough Council, so I did, finally succeeding in 2000. It gives me enormous satisfaction to be able to help residents with problems, to work to improve things not only for my ward/division but for the whole town/county.

 

My community

 

Ashdown and Conquest is primarily a residential division in Hastings. It occupies the north-west corner of the town, bordering onto rural Rother. Conquest, in particular, has a high proportion of retired residents, one parade of shops, one pub and no flats, apart from those housing doctors and nurses at Conquest Hospital. The problems I encounter are mainly to do with roads, potholes, parking problems and litter.

 

Ashdown has more commercial properties and a few estates comprising in the main social/affordable housing. While attracting the same problems as Conquest, Ashdown also produces a few issues to do with unsocial behaviour and low-level crime.

 

The best thing about being the local councillor is that I can help to resolve some of the problems and meet many good people, who contribute mightily to their community.

 

My home life

 

I am single and live in a flat right in the heart of Hastings. Everywhere is within walking distance. Apart from my sister, who lives in Brisbane, my family are all within close range.

I work part-time for part of the Department for Work & Pensions.

 

I manage to balance the demands of my job and being a councillor quite well. Council meetings fit in with my working life; my employer is very good in that respect.

 

My spare time

 

I have always insisted on having a life of my own, even when I was Leader of HBC.

 

I relax by reading, watching the TV and, best of all, going up to The Valley to watch Charlton Athletic FC. Next season, we are going up!