Jack Gore got caught out not declaring an interest


Ex Councillor Jack Gore - questionable standards



Party:  Conservative

Ward:  Framfield

Parish: Framfield


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A long-serving councillor has been censured by a standards committee for his part in allowing two factory units to be built on farmland.

Jack Gore, who represented the Framfield area on Wealden District Council for more than a decade, was ordered to apologise to residents who complained he had failed to declare an interest in a planning proposal which they said had ruined their quiet country lane.

Earlier this year they alleged he had backed plans put forward by a friend to build two commercial units on the site of a poultry shed at New Place Farm in Pump Lane, Framfield, near Uckfield.

They said he should have declared both a personal and a prejudicial interest in the proposals and should have had no part in the vote which approved the plans in September 2003.

The council's standards committee yesterday ruled that Mr Gore had failed to make the necessary declaration.

A council spokesman said: "Mr Gore has been censured by the committee and asked to apologise."

Residents around the site of the units formed the Pump Lane Preservation Group to seek action after the planning permission was granted four years ago.

They said they had gone from looking at woodland to looking at huge factory units and their country lane had become a muddy road.

The group reported Mr Gore to the Standards Board for England because of an alleged friendship with the site's owner Raymond Edmondson, who it claimed was a Tory party fundraiser.

Mr Gore, 75, this week admitted that he had failed in his duty to declare that he was friends with Mr Edmondson at the development control north sub-committee on September 25, 2003.

He said: "I failed to declare an interest. I have admitted that and I have apologised."

He did not stand for re-election to the council this May after serving for 12 years. During that time he had spent four years as chairman of the planning committee and two as chairman of the council.

Councillor Ann Newton, who has replaced him as Framfield's representative, said: "Jack was an extremely popular councillor. Everyone was saddened that this has happened to him. Anyone who knows him knows that this was nothing more than a mistake. He is not the type of person who would abuse his position in any way." By Simon Barrett




Councillor Gore was one of three making up a special panel consisting of Lord Newton, Jack Gore and Eddie Powell. This trio recommended that Wealden should not accept any more petitions.  It is a fact that when a second Petition with 39 signatories was later presented, Wealden District Council refused to accept it.  So much for their Constitution!


Lord Newton later resigned over a landfill conflict of interest and what of the other members of the infamous whitewash team? Since Jack has been caught out we are keeping tabs on Eddie Powell and The Lord Newton, both of whom are almost invisible on the grid apart from Lord Newton claiming a farm subsidy from Europe of 312,391 since 1999.



Council officers accused of crimes were allowed to negoatiate with sussex police to get them off the hook



Specialist potty trainer who loves catching Wealden out and then sharing the revelations


THE POTTY TRAINER - The victim of Council vendetta, his complaint as a petitioner swept aside by Councillor The Lord Newton (who was later to stand down over a landfill conflict) and Councillor Jack Gore who forgot that it was his friend's land under consideration when speaking at planning meeting. You may care to agree that such revelations constitute suspicious circumstances - where there is no smoke without fire - at least not that often in Wealden land.


Nelson's specialty is winning difficult planning cases when the chips are down. We love it when he catches Wealden out. We call that Potty Training because of the Butler-Sloss High Court decision on toilet removal and then re-fitting, though Bed Wetting is an associated problem within this council involving cost to the ratepayer - where such expenditure should never have been sanctioned, hence, they wet the bed. In sport this would be termed scoring an "own-goal."



Dear Ex Councillor Gore,


As a former member of a council responsible for a great many historic towns and villages, and a former caretaker of the public purse, could I ask you in your capacity of Conservative Party member to be especially vigilant against maladministration within the Wealden District Council.


It is my experience that your council has allowed some departments to run riot with taxpayers money.  Some officers have used council resources for their own goals and as a playground for acts of impropriety.  Sometimes to cover up mistakes, and other times to pursue agendas for profit or personal ambitions and desires.


It has taken me more than 20 years to finally reach an understanding with your council about the Generating Station at Herstmonceux.  I hope you agree that we cannot afford to let situations like that develop again to drain the council and lead to widespread bad feeling and mistrust, no doubt, with attendant local rates rises for honest tax payers. 


You were elected to serve the community, not the officers.  You were elected to run the council to the best of your ability, after consideration of the issues that matter.  It is your duty to conserve the historic built and natural environments.  It is also your duty to seek to secure adequate services, education, policing and health care.


These are particularly difficult times, where public funding is under scrutiny against local issues and terrorism and global warming are serious international issues that should be targeted for spending, rather than waste money pursuing lost causes.


Even as I write, identified international dangers are looming and if allowed to escalate unchecked, may put our country and indeed the world as we know it at risk.  We can all play our part by doing what we do to the best of our ability.


If we run a tight ship with a clear desk, when something important finds its way on our laps, we will be better able to deal with it.  We must conserve our energies for fights that matter.


I would be very interested to learn what sustainable policies your council, and your political party are putting in place, and if you agree whatever has been proposed is effective. I should also like to know if you support the current policies or oppose them?


As a resident of Wealden, I am relying on you to do the right thing for your district.  As an inhabitant of planet earth I am relying on you to keep your eye on broader issues and play your part on the international team that is the human race.


Thank you for taking the time to read this message and I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.


Yours sincerely



Nelson Kruschandl



Sussex police fail to investigate the criminal allegations of 13 petitioners



The Wealden Action Group declared the findings of the Panel a 'Whitewash' and a 'Sham' as seen in the above Sussex Express article seen in their January 1998 edition.  When viewed against what Wealden's chief executive did next, you might care to agree.





Dick Angel
Councillor Dick Angel

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


Nicholas Collinson
Councillor Nicholas Collinson

Hailsham Central & North - Cons

Portfolio Community Leadership Human Resources


Nigel Coltman
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


Phillip Lunn
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







Greg Rose
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


Peter Waldock
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



Dick Angel - Jo Bentley - John Blake - Bob Bowdler - Don Broadbent - Norman Buck - Raymond Cade - John Carvey - Lin Clark
Nicholas Collinson - Nigel Coltman - Ronald Cussons - Barby Dashwood-Morris - Dianne Dear - Phil Dixon - Pam Doodes

  Claire Dowling - Jan Dunk - Louise Eastwood - Philip Ede - Helen Firth - Jonica Fox - Roy Galley - Richard Grocock - Chris Hardy

Steve Harms - Jim Hollins - Peter Holloway - Johanna Howell - Toby Illingworth - Stephen Isted - David Larkin - Andy Long - Michael Lunn

Barry Marlowe - Nigel McKeeman - Huw Merriman - Rowena Moore - Kay Moss - Douglas Murray - Ann Newton - Ken Ogden

Amanda O'RaweCharles R Peck - Diane Phillips - Mark Pinkney - Major Antony Quin RM - Ronald Reed - Dr. Brian Redman

Carol Reynolds - Greg Rose - Peter Roundell - William Rutherford - Daniel Shing - Oi Lin Shing - Raymond Shing - Stephen Shing

Robert Standley - Susan Stedman - Bill Tooley - Jeanette Towey - Stuart Towner - Chriss Triandafyllou - Peter Waldock

Neil Waller - David Watts - Mark Weaver -Graham Wells - David White - John Wilton





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