Uckfield Town Council

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Uckfield Town Council
Type
Type
Leadership
Councillor Spike Mayhew
Councillor Jackie Love
Structure
Seats15
Political groups
     TRUST Independent (8)
     Independents (3)
     Liberal Democrats (2)
     Conservative Party (1)
     Labour Party (1)
Elections
Last election
7 May 2015
Next election
May 2019
Meeting place
Civic Centre, Bellfarm Ln, Uckfield, East Sussex TN22 1AE.
Website
Official website

Uckfield Town Council governs the four wards of Uckfield town. The council appoints one councillor who is then known as the Mayor of Uckfield. The current Mayor of Uckfield is Councillor Spike Mayhew.[1]

Uckfield town council comprises four wards - North, Central, New Town, and Ridgewood - electing between three and six town councillors each.[2]

Clockwise, from the north, it borders the communities of Maresfield, Buxted, Framfield and Little Horsted.

Current composition[edit]

Group affiliation Members
  TRUST Independent
8
  Independent
3
Liberal Democrat 2
  Conservative
1
  Labour
1
 Total
15

Election history[edit]

Uckfield town council is made up of up to 15 councillors elected from four wards. The last elections were in 2015, and resulted in the election of 8 councillors for TRUST Independent, 4 for the Liberal Democrats 2 Independent councillors & 1 Conservative.[3]

2015-2019 by-elections[edit]

By-election Date Incumbent party Result Candidate Reason
Ridgewood 31 August 2017 Independent Independent Jez Beesley Resignation of Jacqueline Beckford [4]
North 12 July 2018 Independent Labour Daniel Manvell Resignation of James Anderson [5]

Change of party affiliation 2016[edit]

On the 5 July 2016 it was announced that Cllr Spike Mayhew & Cllr Jacqueline Beckford had resigned from the Liberal Democrats. It was reported that they would now be acting as Independent Councillors.[6]

Date Ward Result Candidate Reason
5 July 2016 New Town Liberal Democrat Independent Spike Mayhew Change of party affiliation [7]
5 July 2016 Ridgewood Liberal Democrat Independent Jacqueline Beckford Change of party affiliation[8]

2015 election[edit]

The 2015 Uckfield town council elections were held alongside the elections for Wealden District Council & the Wealden Parliamentary constituency on 7 May 2015. All 15 seats were up for election.[9]

Ward Party Town councillors elected 2015
North Independent James Anderson
Independent Louise Eastwood
Independent Donna French
Independent Jackie Love
Independent Chris Macve
Liberal Democrat Paul Sparks
Central Conservative Helen Firth
Liberal Democrat Paul Meakins
Independent Diane Ward
New Town Independent Duncan Bennett
Independent Mick Dean
Liberal Democrat Spike Mayhew
Ridgewood Liberal Democrat Jacqueline Beckford
Independent Keith Everett
Independent Ian Smith

2011-2015 by-elections[edit]

By-election Date Incumbent party Result Candidate Reason
North 27 June 2013 Conservative Independent Paul Sparks Resignation of Duncan Bennett [10]
Central 26 June 2014 Conservative Liberal Democrat Paul Meakins Resignation of Brian Marsh [11]

2011 election[edit]

In the 2011 elections, 7 seats were won by the Conservatives, 5 by the Liberal Democrats and 3 by independents.[12]

Ward Party Town councillors elected 2011
North Conservative Duncan Bennett
Independent Sam Bryant
Liberal Democrat John Collins
Conservative Louise Eastwood
Independent Thelma Rumbelow
Liberal Democrat Alan Whittaker
Central Conservative John Carvey
Conservative Helen Firth
Conservative Brian Marsh
New Town Liberal Democrat Sarah Hall
Liberal Democrat Jeremy Hallett
Conservative Jim Molesworth-Edwards
Ridgewood Liberal Democrat Michael Harker
Conservative Marion Rowland
Independent Ian Smith

2007-2011 by-elections[edit]

By-election Date Incumbent party Result Candidate Reason
New Town 16 April 2009 Independent Liberal Democrat Jeremy Hallett Death of Barrie Murray [13][14]

2007 election[edit]

In the 2007 elections, 6 seats were won by Independent candidates, 6 by the Liberal Democrats and 3 by the Conservatives.[15]

Ward Party Town councillors elected 2007
North Independent Leonard Ashby
Independent Duncan Bennett
Independent Louise Eastwood
Independent Thelma Rumbelow
Liberal Democrat Dorothy Sparks
Liberal Democrat Alan Whittaker
Central Conservative John Carvey
Conservative Helen Firth
Conservative Jim Molesworth-Edwards
New Town Liberal Democrat Sarah Hall
Independent Barrie Murray
Liberal Democrat Anne Parker
Ridgewood Liberal Democrat Michael Harker
Independent Ian Smith
Liberal Democrat Robert Sweetland

2003-2007 by-elections[edit]

By-election Date Incumbent party Result Candidate Reason
Central 16 September 2004 none Liberal Democrat John McGuckin Unfilled [16]
Ridgewood 16 September 2004 none Liberal Democrat Michael Harker Unfilled [17]
New Town 24 November 2005 none Liberal Democrat Sarah Hall Unknown [18][19]

2003 election[edit]

In the 2003 elections, 5 seats were won by the Liberal Democrats, 3 by the Conservatives, 2 by Labour & 2 by Independent candidates. 2 seats were unfilled in Central Ward and 1 seat was unfilled in Ridgewood.[20]

Ward Party Town councillors elected 2003
North Labour Leonard Ashby
Labour Duncan Bennett
Independent Louise Eastwood
Conservative Thelma Rumbelow
Liberal Democrat Dorothy Sparks
Liberal Democrat Alan Whittaker
Central Conservative Richard Vanderpump
New Town Liberal Democrat Libby Calton
Independent Barrie Murray
Liberal Democrat Ian Nottage
Ridgewood Conservative James Molesworth-Edwards
Liberal Democrat Anthony Parker

Mayoral history[edit]

Year Name Party Notes
2018-19 Spike Mayhew [21] Independent
2015-18 Louise Eastwood [22][23] Independent
2013-15 Ian Smith [24] Independent
2010-13 John Carvey [25] Conservative
2009-10 Leonard Ashby [26] Independent
2006-09 Louise Eastwood [27] Conservative
2001-06 Barrie Murray [28] Independent

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://uckfieldnews.com/uckfield-town-councillors-elect-new-mayor-and-deputy-mayor/
  2. ^ http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/election-maps/gb/
  3. ^ http://www.wealden.gov.uk/Electionsparishcouncilresults.aspx?ParishID=33
  4. ^ http://uckfieldnews.com/uckfield-town-councillor-quits//
  5. ^ http://uckfieldnews.com/labours-daniel-manvell-wins-uckfield-town-council-seat-in-by-election//
  6. ^ http://news.uckfieldfm.co.uk/2016/town-councillors-move-from-lib-dem-to-independent//
  7. ^ http://news.uckfieldfm.co.uk/2016/town-councillors-move-from-lib-dem-to-independent//
  8. ^ http://news.uckfieldfm.co.uk/2016/town-councillors-move-from-lib-dem-to-independent//
  9. ^ http://uckfieldnews.com/polling-day-tomorrow-local-candidates-in-uckfield-area/
  10. ^ http://uckfieldnews.com/uckfield-town-councillor-duncan-bennett-resigns-seat/
  11. ^ http://uckfieldnews.com/vacancy-on-uckfield-town-council/
  12. ^ http://www.wealden.gov.uk/nmsruntime/saveasdialog.aspx?lID=7548&sID=5486
  13. ^ http://www.crawleynews.co.uk/Council-election-nominations-closed/story-12602406-detail/story.html/
  14. ^ http://www.wealden.gov.uk/nmsruntime/saveasdialog.aspx?lID=3700&sID=5486
  15. ^ http://www.wealden.gov.uk/nmsruntime/saveasdialog.aspx?lID=3697&sID=5486
  16. ^ http://www.wealden.gov.uk/nmsruntime/saveasdialog.aspx?lID=3695&sID=5486
  17. ^ http://www.wealden.gov.uk/nmsruntime/saveasdialog.aspx?lID=3699&sID=5486
  18. ^ http://www.sussexexpress.co.uk/news/county-news/lib-dem-takes-council-seat-1-954744
  19. ^ http://www.wealden.gov.uk/nmsruntime/saveasdialog.aspx?lID=3701&sID=5486
  20. ^ http://www.wealden.gov.uk/nmsruntime/saveasdialog.aspx?lID=3696&sID=5486
  21. ^ http://uckfieldnews.com/uckfield-town-councillors-elect-new-mayor-and-deputy-mayor//
  22. ^ http://uckfieldnews.com/new-uckfield-mayor-and-deputy-mayor-elected/
  23. ^ http://news.uckfieldfm.co.uk/2016/uckfield-town-council-statutory-meeting-re-elects-mayor-and-deputy-mayor-for-second-year/
  24. ^ http://uckfieldnews.com/ian-smith-re-elected-as-uckfield-mayor/
  25. ^ http://uckfieldnews.com/john-carvey-to-stand-down-as-uckfield-mayor/
  26. ^ http://uckfieldnews.com/new-mayor-for-uckfield/
  27. ^ http://www.crawleynews.co.uk/Uckfield-mayor-dies/story-12587365-detail/story.html
  28. ^ http://www.sussexexpress.co.uk/news/county-news/tributes-to-former-uckfield-mayor-1-964671