Long Man

Infobox UK place
official_name=Long Man
region=South East England

static_image_caption=Long Man of Wilmington
area_footnotes=cite web |url=http://www.eastsussexinfigures.org.uk/webview/ |title=East Sussex in Figures |accessdate=2008-04-26 |publisher=East Sussex County Council]
area_total_km2 =16.1
population=412 (Parish-2007)
population_density= Pop density mi2 to km2|66|precision=0|abbr=yes
london_distance=convert|48|mi NNW
shire_county=East Sussex

Long Man is a civil parish in the Wealden District of East Sussex, England which includes the villages of Wilmington, Milton Street and Folkington. The parish is named after the Long Man of Wilmington, a 230+ ft chalk figure, which is located within the parish.


The parish is situated in the River Cuckmere valley, where it cuts through the South Downs. The A27 trunk road crosses the parish from west to east. The Wealdway long distance footpath also passes through the parish.


The lowest level of government is the Long Man parish council which meets once a month. The parish council is responsible for local amenities such as the provision of litter bins, bus shelters and allotments. They also provide a voice into the district council meetings. For elections, the parish is divided into three wards, Wilmington (four seats), Milton Street (two seats) and Folkington (one seat). The election on 3 May 2007 was uncontested in all three wards with only one candidate standing in the Milton Street ward. [cite web |url=http://www.wealden.gov.uk/council/electionsonline/parishcouncilresults.aspx?ParishID=38 |title=Results for Long Man Parish Council |accessdate=2008-07-17 |publisher=Wealden District Council |date= 2007-05-03]

Wealden District council provides the next level of government with services such as refuse collection, planning consent, leisure amenities and council tax collection. Long Man lies within the East Dean ward, along with the Friston and Cuckmere Valley parishes. The single seat was won in the May 2007 election by the Conservative candidate. [cite web |url=http://www.wealden.gov.uk/council/electionsonline/DistrictResults.aspx?Ward=11 |title=Results for East Dean Ward |accessdate=2008-07-17 |publisher=Wealden District Council |date= 2007-05-03]

East Sussex county council is the third tier of government, providing education, libraries and highway maintenance. Long Man falls within the Polegate, Willingdon and East Dean division which provides two councillors to the council. The May 2005 returned two Liberal Democrat Councillors—Roy Martin and Steven Sai Hung Shing. [cite web |url=http://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/yourcouncil/localelections/electionmap/default.aspx |title=County Council Election Results |accessdate=2008-07-17 |publisher=East Sussex County Council]

The UK parliamentary constituency for the parish is Lewes. Norman Baker is the standing MP and has represented the constituency since the 1997 election.

At European level, Long Man is represented by the South-East region, which holds ten seats in the European Parliament. The June 2004 election returned four Conservatives, two Liberal Democrats, two UK Independence, one Labour and one Green, none of whom live in East Sussex. [cite web |url=http://www.europarl.org.uk/uk_meps/MembersMain.htm |title=UK MEP's |accessdate=2007-01-25 |publisher=UK Office of the European Parliament]



It is about 12 miles (20 km) north-west of Eastbourne. In Saxon times it was known as "Wineltone"; it was recorded in the Domesday Book. In the village there is a 12th century Parish Church, dedicated to Saint Mary and Saint Peter [ [http://www.roughwood.net/ChurchAlbum/EastSussex/Wilmington/WilmingtonStMaryStPeter2004.htm Details and photographs of the church] ] ; close by are the ruins of a 12th century priory [ [http://www2.prestel.co.uk/aspen/sussex/wilmington.html Village notes included] ] . The local public house is "The Giant's Rest".


Folkington village is located to the east of Wilmington. The church here is dedicated to St Peter ad Vincula [ [http://www.roughwood.net/ChurchAlbum/EastSussex/Folkington/FolkingtonStPeter2004.htm St Peter's church] ]


Milton Gate Marsh, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, lies within the parish. It is a wetland area of biological importance for invertebrates and breeding birds. Amongst the fauna found here is the nationally rare hoverfly "Cheilosia chrysocoma". [cite web|url=http://www.english-nature.org.uk/special/sssi/sssi_details.cfm?sssi_id=1006128 |title=Natural England - SSSIs |accessdate=2008-09-25|publisher=English Nature]


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