This is my second term as a Councillor. During the last council I was part of the Traffic, Neighbourhood Plan and Community Asset working groups. Their aims being to make Balcombe’s village centre and housing developments match the aspirations of the village. It is challenging, frustrating, but at times rewarding to bring the policies to life that were set out in our Neighbourhood Plan in 2016. It is taking time and commitment and it’s a slow burn with many challenges to contend with, but we are on the way. I am also one of the organisers of the village fete, something that is appreciated and enjoyed by the whole village. I am level headed, diligent and focused. And sometimes small things make a big difference: I really enjoyed working with Carol Dutton to bring the signboards to the village.
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As the longest serving Parish Councillor I pay tribute to the outgoing council members who have been part of an effective and hard working council. Representing the residents of a vibrant village in pleasant surroundings, which have made Balcombe such a desirable place to live, is a pleasure and privilege. I have a particular interest in the more rural aspects of the village and its long term prosperity and quality of life. I will continue to work for the best interests of the whole parish.
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Malcolm Kenward – Vice Chair
I was born in Brighton and have lived in Balcombe with my family since 1988. I am now retired after a long career in Information Technology, starting back in the days of punched cards and mainframe computers with just 32k of memory. My wife, Marian, was a Senior Lecturer in Education at Brighton University, and now works part time supporting the training of new teachers in schools throughout the South East. My children both live in the village, my daughter and her husband (Sarah & Tom), with their two children, who will both be at our primary school in the next school year. I have historical family connections in Balcombe and Turners Hill. I am a member of REPOWERBalcombe and the Frack Free Balcombe Residents’ Association and hold shares in our pub. I also run the Balcombe Community website with Rachel Hall. Over the last few years I have regularly attended Parish Council meetings as a member of the audience, frequently by myself. By joining the Council, I aim to undertake initiatives that benefit the whole community and to encourage more villagers to actively support the Council in delivering its objectives.
I have now lived in Sussex for almost half my life, the last 12 years in Balcombe. Here in the busy south east of England, I recognise that we shall have to build a few more houses but I want to ensure that we don’t lose Balcombe’s character, its clean air and its beautiful landscapes. I’ll do my best to fight for Balcombe’s tranquillity and transport links, and to keep the village looking good, with a vibrant community life. I have served as Chairman of Frack Free Balcombe Residents’ Association, and am a keen member of the Victory Players.
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Jon Millbanks – Chair
Wendy and I moved to Balcombe just over two years ago, having previously lived in Brook Street for about 10 years prior to this. Although I started my working life in the Air Force I spent 22 years as a police officer in the Met, reaching the rank of Inspector. Having retired from the police a few years ago, I am now the head of outdoor education for a school in Croydon. I hope to bring my analytical skills and eclectic range of experience to this role in order to help the council further its Neighbourhood Plan for the benefit of the whole village.
I came to Balcombe in 1971 and grew up here. Moving back in 2000 I have brought up my 2 children here and have been active on village organisations such as the PTA and Gardeners’ Association (I am a Garden Guerrilla with the Association). My husband is a Cub Leader. I have served as a Councillor for 16 years, in which time I built up a network of relationships with partner organisations and have seen many village projects to fruition. The mini roundabout at the school, ripple print and reduced speed limits on approaches to the village, Newlands Parking restrictions, the Neighbourhood Plan, acquiring Bramble Hall to name a few.
I am a Civil Engineer working on major road projects. Projects close to home have been widening the A23 from Warninglid to Handcross and I am currently installing the smart motorway on the M23 past Gatwick and the M20 in Maidstone.
I am looking forward to consulting the village on our recently commissioned plans for enhancing the village centre and will endeavour to influence the application of the Neighbourhood Plan housing developments coming forward now, and the new allocation of additional sites.
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I am a retired chartered accountant, and have lived in Balcombe for twelve years. I’m approachable and hard-working, and have been involved in the campaign to keep the oil industry out of Balcombe. I support appropriate levels of new housing in the village and am engaged in the neighbourhood planning process. We have several sites about to be developed and I will fight to ensure that levies collected by Mid Sussex from developers are spent to alleviate issues arising from new housing, such as traffic, parking, school capacity and provision of health care. I would like to see Balcombe’s street lighting gradually converted to LED. This will save both energy and villagers’ money (running street lighting is the council’s second highest cost after salaries). I am happy to help in any way. I want transparency in local government and representation for all.
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I have lived in the village for just three and a half years and enjoy the village lifestyle, community and the beautiful countryside around. Previously working in senior management responsible for the IT infrastructure, I am currently the Finance Director of a local software company on a part time basis and have time to offer. I have previously been a member of Rotaract and Lions, serving on many committees and holding the chair, and also a middle school governor. I bring my previous experience in project management, presentation and negotiation and financial management to my role on the council. A member of the Fete committee for the last few years I now would like to become more involved in the future of the village. The village idyll needs to be protected to ensure Balcombe remains the village we all enjoy and I hope to contribute to that future during my tenure.