East Sussex County Councillor Mrs Sylvia Tidy


Councillor Mrs Sylvia Tidy is a Conservative party member in the Crowborough division. She was formerly a Wealden district councillor, where she worked with David Phillips, among others. Sylvia is now a County councillor with ESCC. She was elected on the 5th of May 2005. 



Sylvia Tidy has been councillor for Chiddingly and East Hoathly on Wealden District Council (WDC) since 1995. She shares the Crowborough division with Councillor Richard Stodgen.


Mrs Tidy is a farming landlord. She joined the Wealden Conservative Association in 1982 and became chairman of the womenís committee and the Association. From there she became a district councillor and later ran for County Council.


We know that she was a member of the planning committee, attending the area plans south meetings on occasion. She says that being a councillor can be hard when you canít help people through no fault of your own or, for example, if you are faced with the lack of resources. We say that you should use those resources more efficiently such as not to increase our National Debt.


But that did not stop Wealden wasting £500,000 of tax revenue trying to stop the conservation of a local historic building with over 181 recorded site visits, all at the rate payers expense. If that is not Harassment as per the Act, we do not know what is. It is certainly a violation of Article 14 (the prohibition of discrimination) and Article 1 of Protocol 1 of our domestic Human Rights Act 1998. As an intelligent woman, we feel that Sylvia would have known that, but that minor complication appears not to have swayed many of the other councillors from acting in a way that they knew was a violation of the European Convention - one reason why we are Brexiting at the moment perhaps. We fought the Wars, but don't like playing fair by the international rules that we helped Europe to formulate when it suited us.



  Sylvia Tidy


Councillor Sylvia Tidy - Confused as to the historical facts maybe, but a great way to climb the political ladder is to help a council cover up their past mistakes. She spoke approvingly in the case of another farmer (MR) at the area plans south sub committee when a Wealden member. Not so hot on conserving history though! How about technology and Climate Change and what about affordable housing. We'll have to see, she is rather busy with other things. It is sometimes difficult when one is comfortable to understand life on the other side of the fence when starting out in life from scratch.



Sylvia failed to visit the site of the old generating buildings in Herstmonceux before the 1998 and 2000 south committee hearings - so completely misinformed the other committee members as to the physical facts pertaining. This could be because of her working relationship with David Phillips at the time that may have been clouding her judgment. We know that Mr Phillips had perjured himself in two separate cases concerning photographic evidence the second involving Bruno the Bull.


You can read for yourself what Mrs Tidy said and compare that to the Archeological Report from 1999. If Mrs Tidy had not relied on Wealden's officers in such a controversial matter, she would then have been able to inform her fellow committee members the truth that the site had considerable potential and was not an old pump house from World War Two as Chezel Bird and Douglas Moss had mischievously informed Inspector Raymond Michael.




ECHR - The Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, better known as the European Convention on Human Rights, was opened for signature in Rome on 4 November 1950 and came into force in 1953. It was the first instrument to give effect to certain of the rights stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and make them binding. Not so in Wealden between 1982 and 2018. Clearly from the evidence we have seen, this Council appears to believe that they can apply these principles only when it suits them.



All of this folklore was based on the untruths put to Inspector Raymond Dannreuther in 1987 by George White and Thomas Hoy, a carefully calculated double act designed to mask the real history of a valuable historic asset in the hope that it might then be acquired by neighbours at an undervalue - contrary to the tenets of Article 14 of the European Convention of Humans rights that prohibits discrimination. The facts are the facts. The spin is for you to unravel to arrive at the facts. The fact (recorded and transcribed) that Mrs Tidy could not be bothered to check things out in person, calls into question her ability to function impartially as a good councillor is required to do.




TRUSTEE - According to their website, the Farley Arts Trust organizes educational projects in collaboration with schools, colleges and other special interest groups involving such activities as:

Workshops, talks, presentations and screenings which can be combined with tours of Farleys House or showings of the touring exhibitions. These generally explore a particular aspect of the lives and work of Roland Penrose and Lee Miller focusing on themes such as: Art in Britain in the mid Twentieth Century; Surrealism; Lee Millerís Life and Work; Roland Penroseís Life and Work; Picasso and Photography

Julian Fellowes - is the publicly acclaimed and award winning screenwriter, film director, actor and novelist best known in recent years for his original script for the award winning film, Gosford Park, and television period drama, Downton Abbey.

Sylvia Tidy - has lived and farmed in East Sussex for over fifty years and is a Board Member of the Conservators of Ashdown Forest demonstrating her commitment to the welfare of the land and environment. She served as a Wealden District Councillor from 1995 and since 2005 has been 

Antony Penrose - is the son of Roland Penrose and Lee Miller, a Director of the Lee Miller Archive and The Roland Penrose Collection which are housed at Farley Farm House where Antony grew up. He has written numerous books including two for children, created and performed two plays and lectured and broadcast extensively in the UK and in many other countries on the subject of his parents and their associates:


Farley Arts Trust
c/o Farley Farm House
Muddles Green
East Sussex
BN8 6HW             Email:



We wonder then about tax increases by ESCC and Wealden District Council and if they would have been necessary if they had spent public money more wisely. We know that this case is not an isolated incident, but rather one of a series of cases where Wealden's officers targeted local citizens - presumably - to be able to pretend to Whitehall that their enforcement re-charge budget was justified. Is that not fraud?


The smartest move Sylvia could have made in the circumstances was to leave Wealden for ESCC. The smartest move for the scrutiny committees would be to examine the motives that this councillor has where there is any apparent deviation from the facts.

Sylvia claims to love the South Downs and the beautiful countryside. We understand that it was this area of involvement that David Phillips took an interest involving many outings as site visits. Mrs Tidy moved to Sussex in 1958 and married a local farmer. She has lived on the same farm for 45 years and has four children - so contributes to the global population expansion and of course, global warming.

The couple are now semi-retired. They have stopped milking cows and retain a small beef herd. Sylvia is a keen gardener and enjoys reading, singing and ringing church bells.




Board of Conservators - The responsibility for managing Ashdown Forest lies with an independent body, the Board of Conservators of Ashdown Forest. Originally set up in 1885, the Board has been regulated under a series of Acts of Parliament, the most recent being the Ashdown Forest Act 1974. There, in section 16, it is stated that:

"It shall be the duty of the Conservators at all times as far as possible to regulate and manage the forest as an amenity and place of resort subject to the existing rights of common upon the forest and to protect such rights of common, to protect the forest from encroachments, and to conserve it as a quiet and natural area of outstanding beauty".

Membership of the Board is also laid out in this Act. Eight members are appointed by East Sussex County Council, two are appointed by Wealden District Council, five are elected by local commoners and one (the Chairman of the County Council) represents the owner of the Forest which (since 1988) has been the Ashdown Forest Trust. Apart from Mrs Tidy, Roy Galley and Chris Hardy are or were on the Board.





Nordens Green Farm
High Hurstwood
Uckfield, TN22 4AL

Phone (home): 01825 733151

Committee memberships

Children's Services Lead Member (Children and Families Lead Member)
Corporate Parenting Panel
Joint Advisory Committee for Schools

ESBT Strategic Commissioning Board
Full Council

Lead Member for Children and Families





Affiliation with other bodies

Uckfield Community Technology College (Governor)
High Weald AONB JAC
Farleys Yard Education Trust (Chairman)

Herne Junior School (Governor)

Appointments to outside bodies

Conservators of Ashdown Forest
High Weald - Joint Advisory Committee
Wealden and Rother Renewal Partnership


Party: Conservative
Division: Crowborough South and St Johns
Parish: Crowborough



Councillor Sylvia Tidy East Sussex County Council


Party: Conservative

Ward: Chiddingly & East Hoathly

Parish: Chiddingly; East Hoathly


Wealden Email:




TWITTER - "Being a Councillor is its own reward. I would recommend it to anyone. Itís very worthwhile, extremely interesting and you learn huge amounts. When something happens and you get an outcome, a decision, itís great. It keeps your brain working, too." Keep learning Sylvia and we'll keep an eye on how well ESCC is performing when it comes to providing affordable homes for vulnerable young families. Slums in England and the poverty trap are still with us. Financial slavery is par for the course and East Sussex and Wealden councils are hopelessly wide of the mark when it comes to meeting climate change targets under the Climate Change Act 2008.




SPA SPECIAL PROTECTION AREA - It's not much to look at as forest go when compared to the Amazon, but Ashdown Forest is an area of European ecological importance. It is designated by the UK government as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), and as a Special Protection Area (SPA) and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC). Ashdown Forest is part of the European Union's Natura 2000 Network.

Though not a statutory designation, Ashdown Forest forms part of the Western Ouse Streams and Ashdown Forest Biodiversity Opportunity Area, and is thus a subject of the Sussex Biodiversity Action Plan, which aims to focus conservation bodies, local government and statutory agencies such as Natural England on work to conserve and enhance the habitats and species of Sussex. If you really want to conserve this area, look at reducing the ES County Council's Carbon Footprint and help other organizations to secure food security and feed the world. Instead of milking cows, consider growing crops that are more efficient at providing protein for humans and why not tidy your farm up a bit while you are doing the housekeeping. Charity begins at home.




Conservative party membership, Sylvia Tidy




Sylvia Tidy





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Heathfield Nth & Cenrl - Cons


KIevin Balsdon
Councillor Kevin Balsdon

Pevensey and Westham - Cons


Jo Bentley
Councillor Jo Bentley

Hailsham South and West - Cons


Councillor Bob Bowdler

Heathfield East - Cons


Linda Clark
Councillor Lin Clark

Pevensey and Westham - Cons

Deputy Chairman Standards


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Councillor Nicholas Collinson

Hailsham Central & North - Cons

Portfolio Community Leadership Human Resources


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Councillor Nigel Coltman

Hailsham Central and North - Cons

Chairman of Licensing


Dianne Dear
Councillor Dianne Dear

Pevensey and Westham - Cons

Dep Chair of Planning South


Phil Dixon
Councillor Phil Dixon

Rotherfield - Conservative

Dep Chair of Audit Finance


Pam Doodes
Councillor Pam Doodes

Ninfield & Hooe with Wartling

Conservative - Vice-Chairman


Claire Dowling
Councillor Claire Dowling

Uckfield Central - Cons

Dep Ldr Public Health Safety


Janet Dunk
Councillor Jan Dunk

Heathfield North & Central - Conservative


Philip Ede
Councillor Philip Ede

Alfriston - Conservative


Helen Firth
Councillor Helen Firth

Uckfield New Town - Cons


Jonica Fox
Councillor Jonica Fox

Cross-in-Hand/ Five Ashes - Conservative


Roy Galley
Councillor Roy Galley

Danehill/ Fletching/ Nutley - Cons

Portfolio Economic Dev & Waste Man


Richard Grocock
Councillor Richard Grocock

Hailsham South and West - Cons


Chris Hardy
Councillor Chris Hardy

Hartfield - Cons- Chairman




Jim Hollins
Councillor Jim Hollins

Crowborough West - Cons


Peter Holloway
Councillor Peter Holloway

Forest Row - Conservative


Johanna Howell
Councillor Johanna Howell

Frant/ Withyham - Cons

Ch Planning North


Toby Illingworth
Councillor Toby Illingworth

Buxted & Maresfield - Cons



Stephen Isted
Councillor Stephen Isted

Crowborough Jarvis Brook - Independent


Andrew Andy Long
Councillor Andy Long

Herstmonceux - Cons


Michael Lunn
Councillor Michael Lunn

Buxted & Maresfield - Cons


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Councillor Philip Lunn

Crowborough East - Cons


Barry Marlowe
Councillor Barry Marlowe

Uckfield Ridgewood - Cons

Dep Ch Licensing


Rowena Moore
Councillor Rowena Moore

Forest Row - Conservative


Kay Moss
Councillor Kay Moss

Crowborough St Johns - Cons

Dep Chair Overview & Scrutiny


Douglas Murray
Councillor Douglas Murray

Willingdon - Conservative


Anne Newton
Councillor Ann Newton

Framfield - Cons

Portfolio Planning & Dev


Amanda O'Rawe
Councillor Amanda O'Rawe

Hailsham East - Conservative


Mark Pinkney
Councillor Mark Pinkney

Hellingly - Conservative


Dr Brian Redman
Councillor Dr Brian Redman

Mayfield - Conservative

Chairman of Standards Committee


Ronald Reed
Councillor Ronald Reed

Crowborough North - Conservative


Carol Reynolds
Councillor Carol Reynolds

Uckfield North - Cons







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Councillor Greg Rose

Crowborough East - Cons

Chair Overview & Scrutiny


Peter Roundell
Councillor Peter Roundell

Danehill/ Fletching/ Nutley - Cons

Chairman Audit Finance


William Rutherford
Councillor William Rutherford

Frant/ Withyham - Cons


Daniel Shing
Councillor Daniel Shing

Polegate South - Ind Democrat


Oi-Lin Shing
Councillor Oi Lin Shing

Polegate North - Ind Democrat


Raymond Shing
Councillor Raymond Shing

Willingdon - Independent Democrat


Stephen Shing
Councillor Stephen Shing

Willingdon - Independent Democrat


Angela Snell
Councillor Angela Snell

Polegate North - Conservative


Robert Standley
Councillor Robert Standley

Wadhurst - Conservative

Leader of the Council


Susan Stedman
Councillor Susan Stedman

Horam - Conservative

Chair Planning South


Roger Thomas
Councillor Roger Thomas

Heathfield North & Central - Cons


Jeannetter Towey
Councillor Jeannette Towey

Crowborough West - Cons


Chris Triandafyllou
Councillor Chriss Triandafyllou

Hailsham South and West - Cons


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Councillor Peter Waldock

Uckfield North - Cons


Neil Waller
Councillor Neil Waller

Crowborough North - Cons

Dep Chair Planning North


David Watts
Councillor David Watts

Chiddingly & East Hoathly - Cons


Graham Wells
Councillor Graham Wells

Wadhurst - Cons

Portfolio Housing & Benefits


David White
Councillor David White

Hellingly - Independent


John Wilton
Councillor John Wilton

East Dean - Conservative



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Councillor Lord Abergavenny

Frant/Withyham Conservative


Councillor Raymond Cade   


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Councillor Mrs Christina Berry

Polegate North

Liberal Democrat


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Cllr Bruce Broughton-Tompkins

Crowborough St Johns Cons


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Councillor Frank Brown

Danehill/Fletching/Nutley Cons


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Councillor Norman Buck

Buxted & Maresfield

Cons Deputy Leader Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Change Management


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Councillor Mrs Jane Clark

Crowborough East

Liberal Democrat

Chairman Select Committee


Councillor Ronald Cussons


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Councillor Nick Ellwood

Hailsham South and West

Wealden Independent

Leader, Wealden Independent Group


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Councillor Dr Ian Haffenden

Hailsham South and West

Wealden Independent


Councillor Steve Harms 


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Councillor Paul Holbrook

Hailsham Central and North

Liberal Democrat


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Councillor Jim Hollins

Hartfield Conservative

Deputy Chairman, Environment Scrutiny Committee; Chairman Liquor & Entertainments Licensing Committee


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Councillor Mrs Pat Kennedy

Buxted & Maresfield

Conservative Chairman of the Council

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Cllr Mrs Margaret Kirkpatrick

Heathfield North & Central


Cab Port Holder Housing 

& Community Development


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Councillor David Logan



Cabinet Portfolio Holder Finance & Assets


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Councillor Mrs Sylvia Martin


Conservative Dep Chairman

Select Committee


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Councillor Roy Martin

Polegate North Liberal Democrat

Deputy Chairman Dev Ctrl

South Sub-Committee


Councillor Nigel McKeeman


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Councillor Mrs Linda McKeever

Pevensey and Westham



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Councillor Ian McKirgan

Crowborough Jarvis Brook

Wealden Independent


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Councillor Ian Mein

Crowborough East

Lib Dem Vice Chairman and 

Deputy Chair Dev Nth Sub-Com


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Councillor Mrs Anna Monaghan




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Councillor Mrs Laura Murphy

Hailsham Central and North

Leader of the Liberal 

Democrat Group


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Councillor Mrs Lynda Myers



Deputy Chairman 

Regulatory Committee


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Councillor Ian Nottage

Uckfield Liberal Democrat

Dep Chair Liquor and 

Entertainments Licensing






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Councillor Mrs Niki Oakes

Heathfield North & Central



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Councillor Raymond Parsons

Forest Row


Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Corporate Services and Chair Personnel Committee


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Councillor Mrs Diane Phillips

Crowborough West


Chairman Community Scrutiny Committee


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Councillor Geoff Rowe

Hailsham South and West

Wealden Independent


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Councillor Mrs Ivy Scarborough

Polegate South

Wealden Independent


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Councillor Tony Seabrook


Liberal Democrat

Deputy Chairman Community Scrutiny Committee


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Councillor Paul Sparks

Uckfield North

Liberal Democrat

Deputy Chairman Internal Scrutiny Committee


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Councillor Robert Sweetland

Uckfield Ridgewood

Liberal Democrat


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Councillor Mrs Sylvia Tidy

Chiddingly & East Hoathly



Stuart Towner

Councillor Stuart Towner 


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Councillor Brian West

East Dean



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Councillor Keith Whitehead



Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Sustainable Development &











FARMING - The backbone of any society is the production of food to feed the population, though these days much of what we eat is imported from other producers, such as fish farmed in Asia. We can no longer find enough fish locally having exhausted our fisheries. Agriculture is also changing where we have drained the soil for so long with artificial fertilizers that yields will fall, meaning a shift to obtaining protein from the sea - but unfortunately we are disposing of around 8 millions tons of plastic in our seas - poisoning marine life that we need to keep us nourished. Food security is therefore high on the United Nations agenda via the Food and Agriculture Organization.




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