Councillor Stephen Shing

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Title: Leader of the Independent Democrats Group

Party: Independent Democrats

Division: Willingdon and South Downs

Parish: Alfriston ; Cuckmere Valley ; East Dean & Friston ; Long Man ; Willingdon & Jevington

Contact information

Home address: 
18 Coppice Avenue
Lower Willingdon
BN20 9PN

Phone:  07872 014 028


Mobile:  07576 261 898

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Committee appointments

Term of Office

  • 07/06/2001 -

Appointments to outside bodies

Additional Information

My politics


In the next few years, I will continue to work to improve road safety and to provide better facilities for young people in the area. More police, better street lighting and more facilities will also help address problems such as vandalism and littering.


In the longer term, the local development framework has serious implications for housing and schools in this area. There is already a shortage of affordable homes.


The needs in Willingdon and Polegate area are to provide extra affordable homes, rehabilitation homes, recreation spaces and youth facilities. Our schools are also over-subscribed. There is already a shortage without any new development. So I intend to address these important problems.


Proposals in the South-East Plan to build more housing in the Willingdon and Polegate area also threaten the future of the green spaces, such as Hindslands and Morning Mills Farm which were supposed to be protected by the recent Wealden Local Plan. But this document is already virtually redundant, and mass development looms large again.


I feel it is vital that all politicians, community representatives and residents raise their voices, again, against any such proposals. There are so many reasons for concern – flood plains, infrastructural provision (schools, service supplies, medical centres and public transport) and the increased levels of traffic. In my opinion, these are being ignored by the authorities, planners and developers.


Government reports actually indicate less demand for extra housing in this area while these reports place emphasis on developing greenfield sites rather than brownfield sites.


This threat to our communities needs to be challenged now, and to be challenged strongly and tirelessly. I shall be doing so and call on all others to join me now in this fight. Sadly I have not received sufficient support on this occasion but I will continue to raise my concerns on this matter.


More about me


I was elected councillor for Willingdon, Polegate and East Dean in 2001, having been a parish councillor for Willingdon and Jevington since 1997 and representative for Willingdon on Wealden District Council since 1999. I moved to East Sussex in 1972.


As a councillor, I will continue to work to improve various problems facing my division such as road safety through better road maintenance, building more cycle lanes and getting more police on the beat.


But how did I get here?


I felt Willingdon had been poorly represented at county and district level for some time, and was missing out on its due funding and allocation of facilities.


When I saw what a difference a hard-working councillor could make, I decided to stand as a politician to address this unfairness and bring about change.


My community


Willingdon has been a village for centuries and it gives me a real boost to know I live and work among residents who are proud of that fact, and who are willing to fight to protect our beautiful and precious village and environment.


It’s very rewarding to be able to make a difference and assist residents with their problems.


I greatly enjoyed working with residents and the Council to bring in a road safety management scheme in Willingdon and East Dean, extending recycling facilities throughout the division and reintroducing the bus service to the area.


Of course, it can be frustrating dealing with the shortage of funding available to us, as can seeing good ideas sabotaged and vetoed because of party politics.


My home life


My wife Oi-Lin and I have three children, Helena, Daniel and Raymond.


We own and work in our own Chinese takeaway outlet and I am also a qualified plumber.


I think it’s important to keep a healthy balance between being a councillor and your home life. It’s also very important to listen to the people you represent.


My spare time


I am a very keen gardener, and I enjoy swimming and walks in the countryside.