Following our successes in the Local Elections on May 2nd 2019 Liberal Democrats now hold SEVEN seats on Rother District Council. Cllr Kathryn Field also continues to serve as a Councillor on East Sussex County Council.
Our councillors are:
I moved to Battle from St Leonards in 1996 and for seven years ran Dillons Newagents in the High Street. Subsequently I
was President of the Chamber of Commerce for two years before joining Battle Town Council, and serving as Mayor of Battle for two years. My wife, Tracy, is Parish Administrator for St Mary's Church and formerly owned Fancy Pants, the fancy dress shop. My two daughters have both progressed through university and live and work in Rother.
Cllr SUE PROCHAK (Deputy Leader of Rother District Council) (ROBERTSBRIDGE)
I became a Councillor in 1989. Such a long time ago and so many changes since then. I first stood as a Lib Dem because they had such strong green policies. Since then I have campaigned for Lib Dem policies, such as the principle that the best decisions are made at the most local level involving those residents who are most affected. Decision making should also be open and accountable. I with colleagues have campaigned for a Town Council for Bexhill, for the right of the public to speak at Planning Meetings, the recording of council meetings and other ways of involving residents.
Cllr KATHRYN FIELD (NORTH BATTLE WITH NETHERFIELD AND WHATLINGTON)
I was elected to East Sussex County Council in 1992 representing Battle, Catsfield, Crowhurst, Mountfield, Whatlington, Ashburnham and Penhurst. I am a former Chair of Highways and Transportation, Chair of Education and Lead Member for Transport. I have also Chaired Action in Rural Sussex and South East Rural Community Councils.
I was elected to Rother District Council in 2007 to represent Battle Town Ward. Boundary changes mean that my ward is now North Battle, Netherfield and Whatlington. Now as part of the Alliance Administration I am a Cabinet Member with responsibility for Transport and Environment. In September I proposed the Alliance motion to declare a Climate Emergency in Rother and I am looking forward to helping to develop policies to make the District Carbon Neutral by 2030. This will be a real challenge but the work is essential if we are to preserve the planet for future generations.
Cllr VIKKI COOK (NORTH BATTLE WITH NETHERFIELD AND WHATLINGTON)
I have lived in the same property in Battle with my husband Ron for 42 years. In that time I have grown to love the town and the people that live in it. believe in the spirit of community life, bringing together all generations. I am a Christian who cares deeply about providing a lasting legacy for our young people in the town, by supporting affordable housing for our youngsters enabling them to stay in the town in which they grew up. I am also an avid public transport user and would argue for better services to the hospital in particular. i am passionate (almost obsessive) about refusing plastic, reducing waste and reusing before recycling, and would campaign for more local roadside mixed use bins to offer recycling rubbish.
In May I was elected to serve as a councillor on Rother District Council, where I serve on the Overview and Scrutiny Committee and am involved in the call for climate change. I am also a councillor for the Marley ward on BattleTown Council. I currently chair the Environment committee and serve on the Town Development and External Relations Committee with particular interest in Battle heritage and town events.
I am a member of St Mary's Church, where I serve as a Lay minister for communion. In my role as the leader of the Mothers' Union, I facilitate the Busy Bee carers and toddler group.
I have been involved in Girl guiding in Battle since 1978 and am known by many as Brown Owl.
Cllr RICHARD THOMAS (BEXHILL St. STEPHENS)
I moved to Bexhill when I married, 26 years ago, and I love the town and have always been a strong supporter of the move for a Town Council.
My main careers have been as an English teacher in secondary schools and as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist.
I have always been a campaigner, concentrating on helping children with special needs, and education and NHS funding.
Since being elected to represent St Stephens ward in May 2019 I have served on the Planning Committee, the Audit & Standards Committee, the Community Governance Review Steering group, the Licensing and General Purposes Committee, the Overview and Scrutiny Committee and the Leisure Centre Steering group..
I am also the Cycling and Walking Champion for Rother District.
Cllr HOWARD NORTON (RYE & WINCHELSEA)
I am a retired teacher who taught History and Politics at Cranbrook School for thirteen years. Before that I worked as a vicar in South London and am still active in the life of Winchelsea Parish Church. I am deeply involved in the life of Winchelsea. I am a passionate gardener - chair of the Garden Society, organiser of the NGS garden openings for Winchelsea- and president of the Literary Society. I am also a keen environmentalist who keeps bees, enthusiastically supports the work of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, Butterfly Conservation and the RSPB, and a Friend of Great Dixter.
Cllr ANDREW MIER (SOUTHERN ROTHER)
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I was elected as a Rother District Councillor on 2nd May 2019.
For almost 20 years I have lived in Fairlight with my partner Carol. Until May 2019 I served on the Fairlight Parish Council, Chairing it for nearly five years. I was instrumental in setting up a formal Fairlight Parish Council Planning Committee and I chaired the Design Standards Working Group as part of Fairlight's Neighbourhood Plan. (Sadly the Plan had to be abandoned due to being overtaken by events at Wakeham's Farm.)
During my time as Chair I and the Parish Council supported the village's successful efforts to press Rother District Council to build two sets of sea and landslip defences at Fairlight.
Prior to joining the Parish Council I was Chair of the Fairlight Residents' Association for four years. During that time I represented the Parish Council, The Residents' Association and the Preservation Trust at the 2005 Public Inquiry into Rother's Local Plan.
I am a member of the Fairlight Players' Committee, helping with sound effects. In my spare time I play tennis and try my hand at some very bad amateur art.
I am a qualified lawyer. I worked in the Government Legal Service and am now retired.