East Sussex County Council elections: Ratton ward

Eastbourne goes to the polls this Thursday, May 2, for the East Sussex County Council elections.

Polling stations will be open from 7am-10pm and the results will be announced in the early hours of Friday morning after the count at Eastbourne Town Hall.

You can follow news of the results here on the Herald website and via Twitter at: @eastbournenews

Here’s a run down of the candidates standing in the Ratton ward:

Colin Belsey (Conservative)

Colin was born in Streatham but an Eastbourne resident since 1969 and lives in Ratton with Terri his wife. He has been a member of Eastbourne Borough Council for 18 years and is currently Cabinet Member for Children and Families at the county council. He was the town’s mayor in 2006-07 raising £32,000 for the RNLI during his term, a founder member of the Save the DGH Campaign and he follows the Seagulls and is looking forward to a Wembley visit and Premiership football next season. Colin says he enjoys helping the community, is always there to help residents with their problems and enjoys the work he does with looked after children and the fostering and adoption services. Colin is a Christian and attends Kings Church in Hampden Park.

Anne Grigg (Labour)

Anne has lived in East Sussex since 1984 and previously served as a member of Heathfield Parish Council before moving to Eastbourne. She retired early from a social work career to undertake several placements abroad, training social workers in Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the South Pacific, through Voluntary Service Overseas. Her professional experience she says strengthens her resolve to resist any extreme reductions in public services, particularly those vital to the more vulnerable in society while ensuring value for money. A keen walker, Anne values the countryside and supports the active community involvement of the many volunteers in the county.

Roger Stagnell (UKIP)


Neil Stanley (Liberal Democrat)

With more than 20 years’ experience in raising standards in education, Neil Stanley leads school inspections on behalf of Ofsted, works for a leading school improvement company and examines speech and drama students internationally for LAMDA. An active parishioner of St Agnes’ Catholic Church, Neil and his wife Tanya have four children who attend local state schools. Neil has held many positions of responsibility as an Eastbourne Borough Councillor and is also a director of St Gregory’s Montessori School.

Ann Sterenberg (Green)

Ann says she is passionate about creating a sustainable future for the people and wildlife of Ratton and East Sussex. She recently retired early from 24 years in the civil service following 10 years as a librarian. She is a member of Sussex Wildlife Trust, the South Downs Society, Hampden Park Horticultural Association and Eastbourne Family Roots. As a Green Party candidate, Ann says she stands for a fresh approach to local issues, for creating jobs in East Sussex through energy saving and environmental initiatives and for listening to and addressing the concerns of Ratton residents.