Herstmonceux Parish Council

Serving the people of Herstmonceux Parish

Clerk: Clare Harrison
The Parish Office, 4 The Old
Forge, Gardner Street
Herstmonceux, East Sussex
BN27 4LG

Tel: 01323 833312

  • Fields


  • Herstmonceux Village Hall

  • Herstmonceux Castle

  • Herstmonceux Observatory - Science Centre

  • Chapel Row triangle - photo credit Steve Slade

  • Herstmonceux Village Hall - WW1 Centenery Commemoration

  • Herstmonceux Village Entrance, Hailsham Road - photo credit Steve Slade

  • Herstmonceux Castle - Photo credit Steve Slade

  • Photo credit Steve Slade

  • Cattle at dusk

  • Dig for Victory exhibit 2018

  • All Saints Herstmonceux
  • Cowbeech Village - conservation area

  • Herstmonceux Village Sign - Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee

Herstmonceux Parish Council meetings during Covid-19 isolation period

Herstmonceux Parish Council anticipate reinstating their council meetings when necessary and only when safe to do so.

All other meetings will remain online. Agendas will be available on line and in the notice boards. The Agendas will be found on line in the usual place, Council Meetings pages of this website.

Planning Applications for Councillors comments during Covid-19 isolation period.

During this period of Covid-19 isolation and Council's reduced meetings, planning applications that are deemed not necessary to be discussed at a planning meeting, are still being considered by Councillors.

Councillors continue to access all planning application documents on line at the Wealden District Council (WDC) Planning Portal. Instead of discussion and agreement of response comments and observations in a Planning Committee meeting, these are returned by email, collated by the Clerk, sent around to the Committee members for approval and once approved, submitted to WDC Planning Department, with a disclaimer that Comments have been collated by email due to the government imposed current isolation period.

Members of the public can, as always, submit their own responses to planning applications via the Wealden portal.

Received Planning Applications that are awaiting a return submission from Herstmonceux Parish Council (HPC) will be shown below here. Following a response from HPC to WDC, comments will be shown on the Wealden portal under the relevant application number or address.

For other information about HPC's involvement in the planning process and past submitted comments and observations (2018 & 2019) please see the planning pages of this website.

The link for agenda and all papers for Wealden District Council Planning Committee South can be found here.

  • Planning Application WD 2020 0575 FR (PDF, 9 Kb)


Getting us through COVID-19
Local Community Volunteer Newsletters

  • LCAV Newsletter Publication 4 July 2020 (PDF, 785 Kb)

    The fourth edition newletter from the Local Community Action Volunteering scheme in Herstmonceux Parish. Set up to support vulnerable and extremely vulnerable, and anyone else needing a helping hand, through the isolation period of Covid-19

  • LCAV Newsletter Publication 3 May Bank Hol 2020 (PDF, 943 Kb)

    The third edition newletter from the Local Community Action Volunteering scheme in Herstmonceux Parish. Set up to support vulnerable and extremely vulnerable, and anyone else needing a helping hand, through the isolation period of Covid-19

  • LCAV Newsletter Publication 2 MayDay 2020 (PDF, 1.2 Mb)

    The second edition newletter from the Local Community Action Volunteering scheme in Herstmonceux Parish. Set up to support vulnerable and extremely vulnerable, and anyone else needing a helping hand, through the isolation period of Covid-19

  • LCAV Newsletter Publication 1 Easter 2020 (PDF, 254 Kb)

    The very first edition of the Local Community Action Volunteering scheme in Herstmonceux Parish. Set up to support vulnerable and extremely vulnerable, and anyone else needing a helping hand, through the isolation period of Covid-19

Herstmonceux Parish

The Parish of Herstmonceux is located in the south-eastern area of Wealden District within East Sussex. It is situated around the main A271 road which runs between Ninfield and Bexhill in the east and some 4 miles east of Hailsham in the west. Predominantly rural in nature, the parish contains the settlements of Herstmonceux, Cowbeech and Windmill Hill. There are a wide range of services and facilities which serve the local community.

The Parish enjoys a strong farming community; a world-famous castle and Bader International Study Centre; a self-funded, self-sustaining, modern Village Hall; a Village Information Centre; an award winning Integrative Health Surgery and vibrant community spirit with many voluntary organisations that reach out to all members of the Parish, including the most vulnerable.

Herstmonceux Parish Council provides your local services. The Parish Council has a strong relationship with its community partners and continues to seek ways to improve Council's accessibility for residents to participate in decision making.

We strive to make Herstmonceux a better place to live, work and play. Our website includes a wealth of information about how we conduct business and what we do. Use the search or browse the site to find whatever you are looking for. If you can't find the information you require then please contact us.

Herstmonceux Parish Neighbourhood Plan

Herstmonceux Parish are very proud of their Neighbourhood Plan. The Plan sets out the business plan aims and objectives for improvements to community services and facilities and sustainable development for the period of 2017 - 2027.

Background information, policy detail and all documents of the Herstmonceux Neighbourhood Plan can be found here.

Latest News

Herstmonceux Parish Council reopening of public facilities

The Parish Council have re-opened the Children's Play Park and a Public Toilet facility following the easing of lockdown.

These facilities will be opened between 9.00am and 6.00pm daily, give or take a few minutes for any necessary health and safety measures to take place prior to opening. Although the Parish Council have committed to cleaning the frequent touch points in both of these facilities twice daily, the emphasis fully remains on users to take responsibility for their own safety, as according to latest government guidelines to the general public about frequent hand washing and social distancing. More »

Full risk assessments have taken place to enable us to do this. Please find these documents below should you wish to view them.

Key messages for use of Herstmonceux Parish Public Toilet in combating spread of COVID-19:

-Please sanitise your hands before entering (use own sanitiser, we do not provide this).

-Maintain 2m social distancing

-One person at a time (unless accompanying a child).

-Wash your hands for at least 2 minutes.

-Do not enter the facility when being cleaned

-Toilet is used at own risk, facility is not sanitised after every use. » Less

Posted: Wed, 22 Jul 2020 16:22 by Clare Harrison

Waste and Minerals Local Plan Consultation

East Sussex County Council, Brighton & Hove City Council and the South Downs National Park Authority are proposing changes to their adopted Waste and Minerals Local Plan. These changes are set out in the draft Waste and Minerals Local Plan Revised Policies Document, which is currently the subject of public consultation. We are writing to remind you that the deadline to respond to this consultation is Monday 3 August 2020. More »

The consultation draft plan and a full set of supporting documentation can be found at our online consultation portal http://consult.eastsussex.gov.uk. If you are unable to view the documentation online, please contact us.

If you have any general queries about this consultation please email us at wasteandmineralsdf@eastsussex.gov.uk or telephone either: East Sussex County Council, Waste & Minerals Planning Policy team on 01273 481846; Brighton & Hove City Council, Planning team on 01273 292222; or South Downs National Park Authority on 01730 819227. » Less

Posted: Tue, 14 Jul 2020 18:15 by Clare Harrison

Bulky Waste Collection update from WDC

WDC are pleased to announce that, following some initial disruption to staffing levels due to Coronavirus, the Council and its waste contractor Biffa are able to resume the household bulky waste collection service from Tuesday 5 May 2020.

Bookings and payments can be made for this service from Friday 1 May 2020.

Please note this service has limited availability and is likely to be in high demand. As the local Household Waste Recycling Sites are currently closed, we want to ensure this service is available to those most in need. Please continue to help us by avoiding creating unnecessary waste until the tips can reopen. More »

You will be aware that social distancing measures to protect the public remain in place. Accordingly, any items to be removed must be placed in an easily accessible location outside of the house for 7am on the day of collection. They must also be accessible to our operatives without needing to breach social distancing rules. If on arrival items cannot be accessed or removed safely, they will not be collected and a refund will not be given.

Our preference is for residents to book and pay for this service online using https://my.wealden.gov.uk/ especially as our staff are very busy dealing with the Covid 19 emergency. If you cannot book and pay on line please phone 01323 443322 however, please understand we may not be able to answer calls as quickly as normal.

For further information on the bulky waste collection service, including what we collect and the charges please visit https://www.wealden.gov.uk/recycling-and-waste/bulky-household-waste-collections/

We are very grateful to our residents for their understanding and support during this difficult time we all face together. With the resumption of the bulky waste collection service; we are pleased to report that all waste services provided by the Council are now operating as normal again.

For further updates on the Coronavirus outbreak and disruption to our services please visit https://www.wealden.gov.uk/ » Less

Posted: Thu, 30 Apr 2020 17:41 by Clare Harrison