Cllr Brian Redman has paid tribute to the positive difference Wealden District Council and its members have made to the lives of residents.
“I have been proud to be Chairman at a time when we were not only able to celebrate 40 years of success as a council but also to recognise a great number of achievements such as building 64 of our own new council homes for the first time in 30 years and spending £7 million on the refurbishment of our leisure centres,” he told Full Council at its final meeting of the current council term.
He thanked the councillors for the work they had done over the past four-year term, both within the council and as community leaders within their villages and towns.
Cllr Redman drew special attention to the success of the council’s sheltered housing schemes. During the past two years he and vice chairman, Cllr Barby Dashwood-Morris, have visited all 13 of the council’s sheltered housing schemes across the District.
“Wealden’s sheltered housing is one of our best-kept secrets,” Cllr Redman said. “Our homes are an excellent resource staffed by dedicated people. We are planning to invest £20 million in our sheltered homes over the next 10 years.
“The involvement of local councillors in sheltered housing is part of their community leadership role, and all councillors joining in May will be encouraged to take an active interest in them, as part of an extensive induction programme.”
A wide range of training and support will be made available to members joining the district council after the May 7 elections to prepare them for their roles as community leaders.