Council boss ‘delighted’ at re-election

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CLLR CHRIS Dowling is delighted to have been re-elected as chairman of East Sussex County Council for the second year running.

Cllr Dowling, from Hunters Way, Uckfield told the Express: “I find the job very rewarding, fulfilling and enjoyable.

“In my first year I have attended some 200 engagements right across the county from Forest Row to Rye.

“I’ve met all kinds of different people including those from charities, the voluntary sector and businesses. I admire people so much who give up their free time to help others.

“They enjoy doing it, achieve so much and do not seek recognition. I take my hat off to them.”

Cllr Dowling owns Chris Dowling Print and Design in Uckfield and is on the Chamber of Commerce executive committee.

He supports local business and believes small firms are the lifeblood of a vibrant community.

Among his memorable appointments this year were the launch of the Newhaven lifeboat in September followed by a lifeboat training session. He smiled: “That was interesting!”

Another intriguing engagement was Lewes Prison’s carol service. “That was interesting; going to the prison, meeting people and finding out what it’s all about.”

He also went to Dieppe last year to commemorate the raid launched from Newhaven. “This was to test the defences at Dieppe which saw such an ultimate tragedy, particularly for Canadian soldiers. The day was very thought-provoking and solemn. It will be the 70th anniversary of the raid this August.”

Cllr Dowling was out and about during the Jubilee celebrations. He said: “The response from East Sussex was tremendous, very much in keeping with what was going on across the country.

“Congratulations to all the communities for the work they did to make the occasion very special.

“It was great to see streets, villages and towns taking part; East Sussex did us proud. Well done everyone!”

One of his formal appearances was at the planting of the Jubilee Oak in Heathfield on Monday.