Councillor Chris Dowling

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Party: Conservative

Division: Uckfield South with Framfield

Parish: Framfield ; Heathfield & Waldron ; Little Horsted ; Uckfield

Contact information

Home address: 
89 Hunters Way
Uckfield
East Sussex
TN22 2BB

Email:  cllr.chris.dowling@eastsussex.gov.uk

Phone:  01825 763 752

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Committee appointments

Term of Office

  • 07/06/2001 -

Appointments to outside bodies

Additional Information

Please note that my division also includes Ridgewood.

 

My politics

I've been an active member of the Conservative Party since I was 22 years old. I started as a Young Conservative and went on to become chairman of the Wealden Conservative Association. In 2001, I stood for council against a very high profile Liberal Democrat candidate and I won. He was amazed and so was I.

In the last term, we straightened out the Council's finances, and the services we deliver are now much better value. Keeping the council tax as low as possible has been a key objective.

We are badly under-funded by the government, and I expect this will continue. Therefore, we have to work hard to reconcile our policy ambitions against the tight financial resources available. At all times our services for the people of East Sussex must be top quality and best value.

More about me

I was first elected to the County Council in 2001 after winning the Uckfield division. The Uckfield seat was re-drawn following boundary changes, and in the 2005 elections, I won the new Framfield & Horam division, half of which was previously in my 'old patch'.

Following the 2016 boundary changes I won the newly-drawn Uckfield South with Framfield division, which is large with an urban and rural mix. It includes the Ridgewood part of Uckfield,  and several villages.

But how did I get here?

I was born in London and grew up in Chigwell, Essex. The family moved to East Sussex in 1971, and I have lived in the Uckfield area ever since.

Spending my childhood in a suburban area, I am pleased that my children have experienced life in a semi-rural area; enjoying the benefits of both the town and countryside.

My community

I am delighted and privileged to represent the people of the Framfield and Horam division. The area is a beautiful part of East Sussex – from the edge of expanding Uckfield, though the lanes of Framfield and Blackboys to the secluded parts of Waldron and Horam, back to Cross in-Hand and up the A267 to Five Ashes.

The area has similarities with traffic, speeding, planning and development problems, as well as diversities with both rural and urban issues.

I am always pleased to help local residents with issues and to work as a facilitator between the community and Council. I act as a 'human signpost' to point people in the right direction and to get questions answered and problems resolved.

Over recent years I have helped many people on a wide range of issues, both big and small, including:

·         the school bus from Framfield and Blackboys

·         road junctions and parking at Cross-in-Hand, parking schemes in Horam

·         speed and traffic problems in Five Ashes

·         the odd shaped and dangerous roundabout in Ridgewood.

Please contact me – I am only a phone call or an email away. I will be very pleased to hear from you.

My home life

My wife Claire is also a councillor, representing an Uckfield ward on Wealden District Council, and since May 2013 reprsenting Uckfield on the County Council. We have two grown-up daughters who have almost, but not quite, 'flown the nest'.

As well as being a councillor, I own and run my own business; life is pretty busy. Being my own boss gives me the flexibility of dealing with council matters during working hours, but I often end up catching up with business after hours – you can't win them all.

My spare time

Well, I don't have very much spare time!

I have always been very interested in sport. I am a supporter of Brighton & Hove Albion FC and an occasional visitor to the AMEX. I am a member of Sussex County Cricket Club and summers wouldn't be complete without regular visits to Hove to watch the best cricket team in the country.