Councillor Stuart Earl

I am a born and bred Bexhillian and care passionately about my home town.

 

I was born in Bexhill in 1946 into a family of Master Bakers who had created a family business back in 1921 which still trades today, albeit no longer with our family. I attended All Saints Infants School before moving on in to the Downs Junior School (now King Offa) and finally to the Downs Secondary School for Boys.

 

After leaving school, I became an apprentice in a Hastings Family Bakery and also attended Brighton Bakery College where I studied business management. When qualified, I returned to the family business and worked alongside my father until taking control of the business in 1979.

 

I entered local politics in 2001 at a by-election as a Conservative councillor, becoming Mayor in 2005; sadly I had to resign my seat shortly after owing to family problems and business pressures.

 

Retaining my interest in our town and district I decided to stand again for the same seat in 2011. Because I was so disillusioned with party politics in Rother I decided to stand as Independent, increasing my majority. I firmly believed that those elected in local government should represent and look after the interest of those who elected them, and not play party politics. Democracy does not exist in Rother and many other places because of the party whip and the cabinet system.

 

It is my aim to have enough Independent councillors to change this and have Bexhill Governed by Bexhill people and answerable to you, Bexhill residents and most importantly council taxpayers. It my belief we should have an area committee, where all eighteen Bexhill councillors decide what is best for Bexhill on all local issues.

 

Major decisions on Health and Education should remain with East Sussex County Council while Housing, Environmental Health, Licensing and Tax collection remain with the District Council.

 

Outside of politics I have interest in the League of Friends of Bexhill Hospital, serving as Chairman for the past seven years. I am a trustee of Bexhill Caring Community and Chairman of the Little Common Community Association.

 

Finally, I am very proud to serve West Bexhill as an East Sussex County Councillor and member of the East Sussex Fire Authority.

 

Bexhill has given both me and my whole family so much – it is truly a pleasure to be able to give something back in return.