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

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.

Notice of Public Rights, AGAR, awaiting external audit

All accounting records for the financial year 2021-2022 can be found on this page of the website

  • Notice of Public Rights 2022 (PDF, 131 Kb)

    Word document in table format showing the period for the exercise of public rights for the accounting records financial year 2021-2022

  • AGAR Form 3 2021/2022 - Section 1 Annual Governance Statement (PDF, 962 Kb)

    Table format of checked statements that Council agreed at their meeting on 20th June 2022, as to their sound systems of internal control, including the preparation of the Accounting Statements.

    Publication of this AGAR Form3 S1 for Herstmonceux Parish Council for the year ending 31 March 2022 (Accounts and Audits Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234) as amended by the Accounts and Audit (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/404)

  • AGAR Form 3 2021/2022 Section 2 - Accounting Statements (PDF, 1.2 Mb)

    Table format, presented by the RFO, approved and signed by the Chairman of the meeting where Approval of the Accounting Statements for 2021/2022 took place.

    Publication of this AGAR Form3 S2 for Herstmonceux Parish Council for the year ending 31 March 2022 (Accounts and Audits Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234) as amended by the Accounts and Audit (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/404)

  • AGAR Form 3 2021/2022- Annual Internal Audit Report (PDF, 1 Mb)

    AGAR Form 3, page 3, Annual Internal Audit Report 2021/2022

    Table format of Internal Control Objectives for the financial year end 31.03.2022, checked and signed by the Internal Auditor, Mulberry and Co, 16.06.2022

    Publication of this Form3 Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) for Herstmonceux Parish Council for the year ending 31st March 2022 (Accounts and Audits Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234)

Latest News

Wealden Draft Corporate Plan - 2023-2027 Consultation

Wealden DC Media Release

Tell us what you think and help shape Wealden's future

Wealden residents are being invited to give their views on how they want the district to look in years to come and what priorities there should be.

A consultation is underway asking residents, along with relevant stakeholders, what is important to them and what should be focused on from 2023-2027.

The feedback will help draft a Corporate Plan which will then go before Wealden District Council's decision making Cabinet committee and Full Council for further input and final agreement. More »

The progress and delivery of the Corporate Plan will then be measured and reported to council committees on a regular basis.

The last Wealden District Council Corporate Plan covered a period from 2019-2023 and despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the council achieved many of its aims.

The authority delivered more than 530 affordable and 1,200 market homes across Wealden; is taking an active role in delivering new healthcare facilities in Mayfield, Hailsham and Polegate; declared a detailed climate action plan to become net zero by 2050 or sooner and provided more than £320,000 to charities and organisations within the community.

In addition, the council secured more than £28m for infrastructure within the district; is continuing to work with partners to deliver new school places and major highways improvement;, and is also providing £2.5m to town and parish councils.

Wealden District Council leader Ann Newton said, "The Corporate Plan sets out our direction, aims and priorities as a district council for the next four years.

"We are consulting on our next Corporate Plan now as we want to know what is important to our residents and what our priorities should be from 2023-2027. Whether it's supporting local businesses and our high streets, helping older people and disabled people that need support, delivering housing for local people, promoting activities that improve health and well-being or creating new employment opportunities, we want to know what's important to you.

"I would urge everyone to let us know by filling in the survey online or by completing a form and sending it back to us."

The consultation runs from now until 30th September and to take part visit: www.wealden.gov.uk/corporateplan where information and achievements of the previous Corporate Plan can also be found. » Less

Posted: Wed, 03 Aug 2022 11:14 by Clare Harrison

Upcoming Hosepipe ban - message from SE Water

South East Water announces Temporary Use (Hosepipe) Ban from Friday 12 August

Good morning,

I am sure you are only too aware, this has been a time of extreme weather throughout the UK.

According to the Met Office, July was the driest in Kent since records began in 1836 and saw the lowest rainfall in Sussex since 1911.

During July we saw just eight per cent of average rainfall for the month and the long-term forecast for August and September is for similar warm, dry weather. More »

As the hot weather approached last month and during the record-breaking heatwave, we urged our customers to reduce their non-essential water use to ensure we could supply enough water to all.

We are extremely grateful to all our customers who have done what they can to reduce their non-essential water use. However, despite asking for this voluntary restraint water use, particularly in Kent and Sussex, remains exceptionally high.

To keep up with demand, we've been treating and pumping up to 120 million litres of additional water a day to customers' taps. This is the equivalent of supplying a further four towns the size of Maidstone or Eastbourne each day.

Due to this continued high demand, we have been left with no choice but to restrict the use of hosepipes and sprinklers from 00.01 on Friday 12 August in our Kent and Sussex supply area until further notice.

I am sure you will join me in agreeing by taking this step we will ensure we have enough water for both essential use while also protecting the environment, enabling us to also reduce the amount of water we need to take from already stressed local water sources.

Before this hot period, our leakage rate was at an all-time low, however as a result of very dry ground conditions and the resulting earth movement, we are seeing a 50 per cent increase in the number of burst water mains across our network. To counteract this, we've increased the number of teams out and about repairing leaks.

If you want to speak to us in more detail, please email community@southeastwater.co.uk

David Hinton,
Chief Executive Officer

Visit our interactive map

Useful links

We have placed a wealth of information on our website and urge you to share this information, as well as the links within your local communities and network.

Find out more about the ban, exemptions and view our public notice

Take a look at our FAQs

View our press release » Less

Posted: Wed, 03 Aug 2022 09:38 by Clare Harrison

Road Closure notice

A carriageway patch repair on Old Road, Magham Down, Hailsham, on Wednesday 31st August.

Old Road will be closed to through traffic between 8am and 4pm from Amberstone to Nodes Lane. Traffic will be diverted via A271 Amberstone, A271 Hailsham Road and Old Road.

Posted: Mon, 25 Jul 2022 18:15 by Clare Harrison

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

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.