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The battle for Wealden

Wealden District Council in Sussex has all its seats up for election on Thursday. It is a Conservative councils with 33 Conservatives, 13 Lib Dems, two Green councillors and seven others.

This could well be a council where the Conservatives make net gains bucking the national trend. We have already gained the two seats from the Greens. They are not standing in the Forest Row Ward they won last tiime, leaving Conservative candidates elected unopposed.

Also in two wards in Crowborough there are sitting Lib Dem councillors standing down and here the Lib Dems are not even fielding candidates. Conservative gains are also likely here although there are other candidates.

The Conservatives campaign notes that Wealden's Band D Council Tax share is £174.06 - this compares with £224.19 in Lib Dem Eastbourne and £192.48 in Lib Dem Lewes.

The manifesto puts emphasis on reducing the Council's own carbon footprint, increasing broadband access and maintaining funding for local groups providing worthwhile Big Society projects.


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