Councillor Ben Cox
Wealden District Councillor and Town Councillor for Uckfield New Town
Together with Dan Manvell, in May 2023 Ben became one of the first Labour councillors elected to Wealden District Council since it was set up half a century ago.
As a District Councillor, Ben plans to ease pressure on health and social services by lobbying for better funding for community first responders, which will reduce ambulance waiting times. He will also campaign to keep Uckfield Leisure Centre open. He will continue to champion affordable housing and fight against over-development that increases the risk of flooding.
As an Uckfield Town Councillor, Ben currently chairs the Town Council’s Finance Committee. He is also an active member of the Plans Committee, where he has scrutinised large applications, including voting against those that do not account for infrastructure or flooding.
Around his full-time employment as Head Chef of a busy pub, Ben commits his time to the local community with his involvement and position on the board of Uckfield Community Fridge, which has been a fantastic success, seeking to reduce food waste. He is a key member of the board of Uckfield Youth Trust, which is working hard to re-establish the town’s Youth Club. Ben is committed to the cause, and has demonstrated his skills and abilities with the writing of detailed motions to Full Council with reference to background research and proposals for making positive improvements.
Ben prides himself on keeping in touch with all sectors of the local community. He recently proved his popularity with young people, winning a mock vote at Uckfield College with over 50% of the vote. You can listen online to his latest appearance on Ashdown Radio, where he discusses current issues including council housing and flooding.